Thousands of Barbadians march in The City

Thousands of Barbadians are on the streets in the capital Bridgetown, in support of a joint march being staged by the island’s four main trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association.

The Barbados Workers Union, the National Union of Public Workers, the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union marched off from Queen’s Park just after 10.30 this morning.


Several businesses have closed their operations for the first part of the day to allow workers to join the march aimed at pressuring the Government to return to the negotiating table to discuss recent austerity measures outlined in the 2017/2018 Budget.

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore told Barbados Today the unions and the private sector are acting in the interest of Barbadians.

“We hope that this statement by the people of Barbados this morning will send a message that we want to talk in the interest of Barbados, we want solutions in the interest of Barbados.”




101 Responses to Thousands of Barbadians march in The City

  1. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Breaking NEWS. The NSRL tax has been reversed with immediate effect.

  2. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar July 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    No doubt the majority are BLP supporters that is why Mia and her thirsity team are in the march. Don’t get carry away Mia you may get an empty bag to hold come next year.

    • Philip Irie Clement
      Philip Irie Clement July 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Only a fool laughs at his own folly.

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I couldn’t agree more.
      The laughing will eventually come to an end though.

    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain July 24, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Blah…blah…blah….same thing over and over. I guess when you are popular your name does keep calling….

    • Zabeeda Alli Abdool
      Zabeeda Alli Abdool July 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      Vote BLP

      • Sherlock Holmes. July 24, 2017 at 7:06 pm

        They have a party name so in Guyana?

    • Marty Carter Adams Bramble
      Marty Carter Adams Bramble July 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      you sound so ignorant Hunte

    • Flex Lugar
      Flex Lugar July 24, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Let me take an educated GUESS ….hunte is DLP

  3. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Breaking news. The march has resulted in a reduction of the NSRL from 10% to 5%. Keep marching and see if it will be reduced to 0% . Up de ting some more

  4. lester July 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    de ja vu all over again the people ave spoken but who will listen?
    what was the reasons again? O yes to repeal the tax or for dialogue which is it?

  5. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Has anyone heard who is the Road-march King or Queen?
    I personally would give it to Charles but Toni seems to be crowd favourite wid ”up de ting” . Nuff calories get burn this morning

  6. Milli Watt July 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    looking forward to the general strike that will bring about the change to the tax………….wonder how long this crowd could hold out with no income. waiting on part two of this continuing saga

  7. Ivy-Anne Duke
    Ivy-Anne Duke July 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    I must admit, the Barbados Labour Party got a really good turn out today. Well done Mia Amor Mottley. When electing your next Government don’t forget picks for Akanni McDowall, Toni Moore, Alex Mcdonald (but be careful) the starcom news room and the rest down Fontabelle, they are you biggest supporters. Again, CONGRATS Mia, according to all reports thousands came out to support you, whether they knew it or care to admit it.

    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar July 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Well said

    • Kevin July 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      All you doing is admitting what everyone knows, that this is BLP march; with the unions and private sector acting as a front.

    • Amazed July 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I wonder which Barbados you are living in to make such a bold, rediculious statement in the light of what’s going on

    • marva July 24, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Well sir Roy Trotman, Frank Walcott , Robert morris, Horatio Cooke all were dlps… to subjectively say this year’s protest is politically motivated says what about the 1990s and previous marches

  8. David July 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Disappointment must be the buzz word of the union leaders & private sector leaders. What a disaster. Charles Herbert summed it us nicely in his ten second speech.

  9. Dee Jay July 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Wonder if I call in sick tomorrow, if my private sector bosses will be in the same ethically inclusive, socially magnanimous mood? (…something tells me to get my Black behind out to work, even if it is encased in a full-body cast!)

  10. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Oh my..oh mar..loll

  11. Jordan July 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I wonder if boycotting crop over would not have been a stronger move.

  12. Alex Alleyne July 24, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This would have been a nice time to hand out a copy of the “Barbados Constitution”. Can’t visit the GIS and buy one, just can’t afford it.

  13. Sam Alleyne
    Sam Alleyne July 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Mind blowing comments, some people can’t see the forest for the trees. That’s a big problem.

    • Nathaniel Anderson July 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      So you think this is a BLP thing and a ‘white’ private sector thing. I think it is an antibiotic austerity march against the harsh policies of what has become a very uncaring government. The manner in which they speak to Barbadians and the places at which they speak to Barbadians leave much to be desired. There are challenges in the country yet the prime minister cannot see it fit to address the nation. Why can’t he hold a pressure conference and let us all know what is the state of the nation? Or is it that he does not know or does not care less? A lack of communication, mismanagement and lack of respect have hampered the good governance of this our beloved country.

  14. Basil Bradshaw
    Basil Bradshaw July 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The march is over what next

  15. Sonia Hayde
    Sonia Hayde July 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    The voice is jacob but the hand is Esau

  16. Philip Irie Clement
    Philip Irie Clement July 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This a not a march for no party.. This a fed up people speaking out peacefully against the atrocities of this goverment.. You think only BLP supporters feeling it..? A whole nation is crying out.. #updething.

    • Sonia Lorde
      Sonia Lorde July 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Well said so true

    • Andria Eversley
      Andria Eversley July 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      People so stupid bajans fed up up d ting

    • Debb July 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

      EXACTLY!!! At the end of the day, every manjack should be marching. Only a fool would be sitting down home thinking about Mia and Freundel while they try to figure out which bill to sacrifice next month. This is not about party! This is about Barbadians being able to provide for their families and their right to take the necessary action to do so. These people should stop watch face and get out there and effect change, at least for the sake of their children.

  17. Ben Bella
    Ben Bella July 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm


  18. Ben Bella
    Ben Bella July 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm


  19. jeff July 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    These DLP supporters remind me of a kid in a dark room who hears strange sounds and closes his eyes, thinking that if he does not see the monster it will not hurt him. “there is none so blind as he who will not see”.

  20. Lana Headley
    Lana Headley July 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    The DLP has to go, making bad decisions. They give subsidies to all the top hotels and in turn taxing the working people to death. Not a good business choice. The country is suffering.Its like here in the USA, the wealthy get all the tax breaks and the working class are left to pick up the slack by paying more taxes.Not a fair system. Change is needed in Barbados.

  21. Pauline Wharton
    Pauline Wharton July 24, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Would be a start

  22. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde July 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm


  23. Everick July 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    The comments here by Dem yardfowls is pathetic.

  24. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Police marching too.good

  25. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison July 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Ivy-Ann Duke, Hunte Omar, Ben Bella and all those with your little partisan minds who think this is about the BLP or Mia Mottley are selling themselves short.
    Yes, different factions within this group have different agendas but rest assured that everything here aligns and focuses on one entity and that is a heartless government that thinks they can tax this country out of it’s current financial calamity and in the process break the backs of taxpayers of this country and anyone with an iota of commonsense and clarity about our perilous situation would see that unless you are some diehard political hack.

  26. Petal Petal Ifill
    Petal Petal Ifill July 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm


  27. Sonia Peter July 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Referring to individuals with a different opinion as hardboiled is certainly of NO value. All Barbadians are obviously NOT having coping issues if we examine the matter with true perspective. Even those Barbadians who bear the brunt are not being conservative in managing their lifestyle considering the economic climate. What the situation requires is not divisive tactics for then we certainly will all suffer the outcome. All Barbadians must accept responsibility for healing the nation. Mistakes have been made but now is time for a collective solution.

    Arguing in a forum such as this is definitely not a solution. One must always remember that the political directorate are foes in the public eye but friends, God parents, family out of the public eye. Barbadians cannot become enemies without due cause. Of greater value is community organisation. What efforts can we collaborate on to make a difference? I know we expect Government to solve all of our problems but if we are creative great resources can be harnessed. Significant change starts from within.

  28. Alvin Morris July 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    SMH at some of these comment, no wonder we can’t get any better.

  29. jrsmith July 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    @, Philip I,C , hail , hail , your ( 2.45 ) good shot right in the so and so. well said ………….. My addition we need now to protect our selves from the bajan politicians………. We should never have to put up with the onslaught we have had and having from any government again……Not taking this to leave the pain for our young people to suffer at the hands of any politicians in barbados again…………………..
    We need an act of parliament so call, the (ACCOUNTABILITY ACT)
    which give us the voter the automatic right , to use the same vote which put the (MPs) in office, to remove them from said office if their are not working for and in the interest of the people……..
    This we must acquire before the up coming election with out this we heading for total disaster…………………..
    One further thing I must add if this lot is return to office , our unions the only democratic mouth piece for bajans in barbados would be banned , this would be for this march today………..

  30. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson July 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    It was a political march and everyone knows this, most persons were bees that was marching, someone Ivy Ann you said when the Bees win how do you know the Bees will win, do you forget or do you know an election does win on the day not by how much persons march, everyone has an agenda, getting back to the jobs for thoes union heads, we all know that those union heads does get buy out especially by the private sector, it’s clear after all the union can’t pay the as much as the private sector, the BWU, heads is famous for getting buy out

  31. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande
    Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande July 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Yes he should start by cutting his ‘risk’. Most definitely.

  32. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson July 24, 2017 at 4:29 pm


    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix July 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald July 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      You r so shameless it’s people like you wow

    • Bev Griffith
      Bev Griffith July 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Respect is earn…

    • Bev Griffith
      Bev Griffith July 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Wat grounds he standing on it soon will be no money to pay himself..tell ur pm I say he is the worst PM bim ever had a Errol Barrow rolling in his grave with the bs he did in the pass yrs pack his shit up and leave the politics alone …

    • Bev Griffith
      Bev Griffith July 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      I hope u don’t see u on. Here saying u can t buy a cornbeef…

    • Sunflower Granderson
      Sunflower Granderson July 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      No no bev, I understand politics, and I also understand why we have to pay more taxes, it’s hard but I do understand if we say that we love our country then all of us should understand, I rather pay a little more taxes than to see hundreds of persons going home, me for one don’t wait on any government to do for me, some of us want the ministers and the gov to do everything for us, if alot more Bajans get up and try to be creative in the things they are interested in to bring in some kind of revenue Barbados would be alot better, don’t only blame this DLP Administration, some of the blame is on us too

    • hcalndre July 24, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      @Sunflower Granderson; first of all, tell the PM and his party members that respect is earned not because you are a PM or minister that you are above the law, the people put them there and they can remove them.

  33. Saga Boy July 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    It was a paid March. Very little support from the public sector. Those in the private sector who were commanded to walk had no choice.

  34. Saga Boy July 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Did NUPW Staff March?

  35. Biggerts July 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Saga Boy you keep on thinking that. Hopefully your complacency and arrogance will assist in the downfall of your precious DLP.

  36. Lorenzo July 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    the dems yardfowls getting real frighten ,look at the comments joan Worrell ,a nuisance,Saga boy ,KevinMichelle Griffith .I know one thing for sure thi Government will realize it cannot take Bajans for granted anymore and will thread very carefully.What happens next is up to government who should come to the table not pompasetting at not no branch meetings or luncheon,call a news conference and level with the people where you all can be questioned,not in a yardfowl gathering of yes men

  37. Amanda Greaves
    Amanda Greaves July 24, 2017 at 4:54 pm


  38. sticks and stones July 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    OH Dear is that all. i was expecting more high drama .like Mia holding the reigns of govt tomorrow
    Oh dear what a let down any how looking forward to kadooment


  39. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    The BLP sheep is bleating again. I thought it would have kept quiet after getting a little mash this morning from the people who pitied it smelling so awful.

    • hcalndre July 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      @joan worrell. you yard fowls and lizards said they were about 400 people who march to parliament a few weeks ago to have the letters delivered, can you say how many were there today? I know that you all like to suppress the numbers.

    • Debb July 25, 2017 at 9:07 am

      You sound stupid. Go and march!!!!

  40. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde July 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm


    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce July 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      So true. An incompetent Government. Enough is Enough time for De Layabout Party to go into Exile.

  41. joan worrell July 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    @ Sticks

    The only lesson learned is that blackmail is frowned upon by Governments. Mc. Donald’s 48 hour ” answer or we up de ting’ and the other gorillifant’s demand ‘Do wuh I tell you to do or yuh going experience social unrest” have fallen on deaf ears. They were high class ignorant statements.

  42. Marina Branker
    Marina Branker July 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    To see This means the country is uneasy…..

  43. Richard Edwards
    Richard Edwards July 24, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Ivy-Anne, it was not about Mia it was about the people of our beautiful island fed up with this Government. You might be one of the lucky ones with a champagne appetite while we have to drink sweet water as champagne. May God help us with people like you around…

  44. Tamara Gre
    Tamara Gre July 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    the ppl are Barbados…

  45. Marva Lashley-Todd July 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    bare DLP yard fowls got nuff to say because it is because of all yah that cause this by voting them back in. Tek it light!

  46. ricardo archer July 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    This newpaper has given you the people the opportunity to speak your mind and speak it without fear and favor,but some still use this medium to spread partisan bilge to the masses.The Pm of barbados has lost favor with the people ,the union and the private sector leaders with his disrespectful and contemptuous attitude which has no place in local politics,he speaks like an african dictator who does not care what others think because he is above the law,but this is barbados and we elected the 12 sitting members of parliament and we the people have the power to remove them if they are not doing the job we elected them to do..

  47. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    All the lotta long talk and Trevor Prescod and Santhia Bradshaw are sure to lose their seats. I was asking Lynette Eastmond to challenge Prescod but she sent an unknown in my hometown. The DLP candidate is the favourite at the moment. I know his family well and feel comfortable if he wins.

  48. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill July 24, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Nobody was ever looking that the DEMS would treat barbadians this way every one have they own party me for one feel that if David Thompson may he R.i p . Was still alive I Don’t think Barbados would’ve sink so far it’s just that his troops handle everything wrong and bad I’m neither B Or D . E or F . Cause what ever either party Does I still have to live . It’s just the people of this country that my heart cries our for . When it boils Down as Classic say All of them be in bed together . So I pray for the upliftment of our country .

  49. Leonard R Phillips July 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Today was participatory democracy at its best. In any democracy citizens of all stripes have the right to peaceably assemble and to petition government to address grievances. The National Social Responsibility Levy will adversely affect everyone living in Barbados. It was therefore the constitutional right of every Barbadian to seek redress and to march to demonstrate their solidarity against measures that will increase the hardship we are already experiencing. If a green man from Mars had called for this march today Barbadians would have responded.

  50. Ras Small
    Ras Small July 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Dat don’t know de rules, playing de game.

  51. Jennifer Mottley July 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I am so proud of my bajan people. This March should be just the beginning. Keep it up.
    Black,white. Rich and poor should March together.

  52. Petra July 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t stop. up de thing

  53. Ben Bella
    Ben Bella July 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    When he start cutting u should open your mouth and drink it

  54. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    What happened after the march? Stuart is still Prime Minister. The NSRL has not been reduced and the only social unrest so far, was a fight between two drunken men on Marhill Street .

    • hcalndre July 25, 2017 at 5:10 am

      joan worrell, you have all right to ask that question because bajans never have that Civil disobedience in their DNA. Look around the world and see what marches have achieved. Bajans should be out in the thousands in rush hours blocking traffic for hours, are the police going to put 10000 people in jail? then you clueless yard fowls would know what marches do. In Barbados the police ask a very stupid question, “how many people going to attend?” is it a wedding reception by invitation?

  55. Gold Finger Clark
    Gold Finger Clark July 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Wolfs leading the sheep to the abattoir Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper, and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.

  56. Saga Boy July 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    So what is going to hapen in the future when there is a dispute between BWU and an Employer? Will they refer it to the Labour Department and ask the Minister of Labour or Prime Minister to intervene? How can employees be sure that the union is not in bed with the unions? You have been sold out. What did the Private Sector promise the union? What did the union promise the private sector?

    • hcalndre July 25, 2017 at 5:13 am

      @Saga Boy, all ya wait n see.

  57. Lorenzo July 24, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Joan Worrell this March got you can,t rest every minute you on the people blog with nonsense go abd find something to do you political nuisance.Nobody in interested in your advise,what the old lady in the market got to say about Ms Moore now?That tactic ain,t work you try the race card that it work,20,000 votes on the streets today so who is the laughing stock now,it got to be you,not Ms Moore.By the way where is your pal Antionette Sealy who was poo pooing the numbers at the walk she called a March,too shame to come back on the Blog?Heard Jeff Broomes talking about the PM style,what style is that Mr Broomes,pure hogwash.I will listen for the political DLP propagandist tomorrow.

    • hcalndre July 25, 2017 at 5:32 am

      Lorenzo: Jeff Broomes disappoints me every time when he brings himself down to the level of some of the yard fowls callers and that of the other 2 hosts. Yesterday when he talk of Style which the PM have is not one for the leader of any country, organization or even a foot ball team. Another fella that join the fowl farm is Romeo but I kind of excuse him. That why I call some of these people lizards because they changes their color/positions depending on where they are. Romeo should spend his time trying to see how many stupid calypsos he could write.

  58. Bonita Bovell July 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    It is unfortunate the comments made regarding the Unions, the BLP and the private sector.

    This DLP government has caused the “social unrest” in this country. They have neglected the people, the ones who have supported them. The DLP is no longer a caring government, but a condescending mouthpiece, viz-a-viz the Prime Minister, Ministers D. Kellman, C. Sinckler, D. Inniss et al.

    People are frustrated with their lack of communication, and overall lack of leadership and understanding. To think that they and others on this page believe that they have done nothing wrong and should repeat as a Government leaves a lot to be desired.

    I will continue to pray for my country and its well being. We will get no further as people when we accept mediocrity and pathetic leadership as something to be thankful for.

  59. joan Worrell July 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Go and chew your cud, yuh sheep. Stop bleating

    • hcalndre July 25, 2017 at 5:36 am

      @joan Worrell; you only want you and your sheeple to bleap all the time.

  60. fedup July 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    “For when the sheep hath stayed in sun all day, they too shall rest. A centipede should not attend a fowl funeral for the centipede many legs hath, but the fowl, wings doth use” (Freundel J. Stuart)

  61. Brown sugar July 24, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    This government are like the pigs in George Orwell’s book Animal Farm


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