NUPW to launch two-day strike tomorrow

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has ordered its members to stay away from work on Thursday and Friday.

The planned two-day national shutdown follows a breakdown in pay negotiations between the island’s largest public sector union and Government.

As a result, the NUPW announced today that it would be calling out its members for “two days of protest and resistance”.

“Public servants have taken the brunt of this Government’s draconian cost – cutting measures and can take it no more. We deserve better,” the union said in a statement announcing its planned action.

60 Responses to NUPW to launch two-day strike tomorrow

  1. Ossie Theophilus Moore January 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    To Jahova God we prayer!! The ones who take to the sea fishing have already gotten their fishing rods but to those who do not it’s as the five wise and five foolish women did in biblical times!

  2. sticks and stones January 17, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Things in barbados can not get better too much selfishness greed and mischievous behaviour would eventually tear this island apart.
    The man made manholes of the economy are overwhelmed with gutter politics and seeping

  3. Saga Boy January 17, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    If Transport Board strikes the mini buses will make more money. The public will not be negatively impacted like it used to be ten years ago. If you close the airport it will merely slow down the service. If you shut down BRA you have less taxes to pay salaries at month end. If 22,000 public servants close down the country all of us will suffer. I hope that common sense will prevail.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I hope this ain’t bare mouth.

  5. Roverp January 17, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    When you play games and lie as this government has done consistently, you will reach this stage. The supporters of the DLP party will cry foul etc….however the country is much bigger than party. This is not about the DLP but about the same good morals that the DEMs want to put as their main issue that they seriously lack. They have proven to be deceitful, lying and selfish putting party first from 2008 until now.

    • John Everatt January 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      This is true and self evident. None of these ministers have any credibility left. Only the foolish still believe them. Just yesterday Inniss announced that the sewage issues had been fixed and there was no more sewage on the roads. Boyce is sticking to his story of only 35 cases af gastro while political appointees try to tell us that there is no damage being done by the US, UK, Canada tourist warnings. And we are supposed to believe them???

  6. Oliver Levy Gong
    Oliver Levy Gong January 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    What are striking for

    • Oliver Levy Gong
      Oliver Levy Gong January 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      so plz tell the rights you mean a increase in pay that is not rights ok

  7. Sam Pillie January 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    When you can restore your salaries and increase taxes along with not giving the people who pay your salary a raise, you deserved worst than a two(2) day strike.

  8. milli watt January 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    which thursday and friday he mean

  9. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith January 17, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    So Veroniva Boyce what is the reason for the strike, make me understand your comment, please.

  10. Patrick January 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Idiots playing politics, they know that this government or any other cannot pay 23%; total madness

  11. Tee White January 17, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    We cannot afford to pay the public sector workers but we can afford to give Butch Stewart a 40 year tax break!???

    It’s all about priorities and who we consider to be important!

  12. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm


    • Suezette Boyce-Griffith
      Suezette Boyce-Griffith January 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      That is why we will agree on anything all of dem want voting out shut the country down until

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Suezette Boyce-Griffith TRUTH BE TOLD

    • Helen Charles Knighton
      Helen Charles Knighton January 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Ali Baba I love you too baddd! SHUT DE WHOLE COUNTRY DOWN! Call elections NOW!

    • Dario K Alleyne
      Dario K Alleyne January 17, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      Only thing is bajans forget how to start a wood fire and eat breadfruit just to prove their point….but that’s whats needed at this point

    • Khati D
      Khati D'Souza January 17, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      i have a bottle gas or two bbq grill one and one reserve BUT I can light woods lmao. we will survive. haha

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      Khati D’Souza fa reallll

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 17, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Dario K Alleyne u have that right

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Helen Charles Knighton something got to be done

  13. Oriel Haynes
    Oriel Haynes January 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    I wonder who going to walk in this hot sun for two days.

    • Almar H Cave
      Almar H Cave January 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      It’s not a strike.. it’s industrial action… There is a big difference.

    • Helen Charles Knighton
      Helen Charles Knighton January 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm

      Oriel that is the problem with wunna , wunna want things po a platter without the hard work!

    • Oriel Haynes
      Oriel Haynes January 17, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      I don’t want a thing but my job so I can pay my bills and look after my children.

  14. Consuelo N Richards
    Consuelo N Richards January 17, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    If the government cannot pay now, how will they get to pay increases? Government gets money from taxes so guess taxes will go up…

  15. RB January 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Let the strike start.
    Enough is enough.
    Ring the bell Freundellll.

  16. milli watt January 17, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    is it today and tomorrow

  17. chris hill January 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    good, bout time.
    put friendless pun notice.
    ring the bell , freundel.

  18. John Bynoe January 17, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    There are some people here who are so comfortable because of their personal financial status,that they do not care about the ones who are suffering and who continue to be over taxed and lied to by this administration. They believe that all is well just because they happen to be managing. I am sure that people dont expect a 23% increase at this time,but would like the government to come to the table and make a reasonable offer. To make an offer of 0% after continuously over taxing the people is inconsiderate and downright wicked. This is about respect. Time to demand it from these unscrupulous people. Ler the protest begin.

  19. Rosebud Taitt
    Rosebud Taitt January 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    You all could really go and do the government work tomorrow do. stupesssss

    • Ali Sun
      Ali Sun January 17, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      They don’t work!

    • Rosebud Taitt
      Rosebud Taitt January 17, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      That’s why they should they should stay work and be productive

  20. straight talk January 17, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Strike or no strike Freundel Stuart and he get rich boys don’t give a damn

  21. Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Even a fool is thought to be wise when he/she remains silent ASSKANI MCDOWALL should try harder to remain silent, this immature little boy is going to the ruination of himself and this union mark my words when he gets his wishes and his people come to the helm these same workers that he has misled will demand his head on a platter mark my words.

    • suffering civil servant January 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      why do you feel that it is necessary to attempt to insult the intelligence of the leader of the trade union?
      the silent one is not doing anything about the south coast sewage, the increasing garbage, the lack of a proper stadium, no salary increase for almost 10 years; but
      there is a new car at the ‘court’, the mp’s have a raise, butch gets an indefinite tax break, and all we are getting is increased taxes and additional taxes
      and you want silence-now who is wise and who appears to be foolish?

  22. Stephen McLean January 17, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I sincerely hope if the BLP gets the reins of power the need for 23% does not fade away!

  23. Stephen McLean January 17, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I sincerely hope if the BLP gets the reins of power the need for the 23% does not fade away!

  24. Lorenzo January 17, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Saga boy and Sherlock Holmes you two care nothing about workers only about the DLP,this is what you are objecting to,that your beloved party is under the hammer after the workers were sold out by previous DLp operatives who gave this Government a free pass for years and not a peep out of you.Now Mr McDowall is representing the workers as he should by putting pressure on this Government you two have a problem.Bare hyprocrisy,therefore Mr McDowall press on with what you have to do ,the majority are with do not mind these Dems.

  25. Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I do care about the rights of workers and for the lastime low energy lickmout Lorenzo i do not support any political party i operate for the defense of liberty regardless of who is in power, what i don’t condone is the folly of misguided people whose vain and selfish ambitions gives them the unfortunate opportunity to incite others to do their bidding. I could careless of your opinions i have always held to the view that politics and political operatives should be kept out of unions they destroy them and i am not segregating i mean any operative who is aligned to any of the existing parties they are always rendered impotent when the party that they support are in office. This concept might be foreign to you as you are so steeped in political bias reason would always elude you. You are a shill Lorenzo look up the word as i doubt you know the meaning, if by chance you do not your desires come elections instead of the hunger strike you were supposed to undertake your family might have to ban you from the hardware stores or better yet remove the sheets from your bed lest you hang yourself.

  26. Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Correction… above ..should read if by chance you do not get your desires.

  27. Patty January 17, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Lorenzo attacks anyone who can think independently it is like agree with him or automatically u r enemy number one…so immature of him…

  28. Lorenzo January 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Sherlock holmes you cannot refute nothing I said,i called you out as a DLP yardfowl and I also do not care about your opinion.I do not know what hunger strike you are referring to,i never said anything about going on any hunger strike because I do not worship any politician or party I call it as I see it.The person who spoke of hunger strike I believe was Luther Thorne so do not get tie up.Stick to the issue at hand ,you claim you care about the workers but yet the MP,s got back their 10% and not a word from you yet the workers are not supposed to get an increase after all the tax increases they have to pay and you care about the workers really I guess you do not have family or friends who are public workers or you would not be talking so much rubbish.I think it would be better for you ,Patrick,Saga Boyand Sticks and Stones to go to the South Coast and help clean the sewerage rather than speaking it.

    • Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      I usually get your goat, im just too witty for you maybe i confused you with lickrish Luther on the hunger strike issue but as the saying goes same difference. Both of you are cut from the same cloth, you are ranting since you have been triggered but i hold fast to my view, you are consumed with politics you need to relax i was a bit off on the hanging issue i will retract that but here is some advice relax before you burst an artery take a break from this forum it is really getting to you, your energy level has risen it does not appear to be low at this point have some common sense you are behaving exactly how the politicians want you to behave stop being a shill.

  29. luther thorne January 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    This Government is both wicked and IGNORANT.
    They imposed Tax after Tax on the people. Took away all the benefits that you could claim on your Income Tax such as allowances for Home improvements, mortgage payments, credit union deposits, etc. They have not given people income tax returns. They raised taxes. The Barbados Dollar is effectively devalued.

    For 10 long years nearly, the Salaries of hard working Public workers have not been raised but yet they have to pay more and more Taxes thus reducing the amount of disposal income. Remember Vat was increased and then there was NSRL – the worst Tax ever.




  30. luther thorne January 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Sherlock Holmes is not a DLP Yard fowl
    Sherlock Holmes is not a DLP Yard Duck
    Sherlock Holmes is not a DLP Stooge
    Sherlock Holmes is not a DLP bullshiiitter

    • Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Luther is not making any sense.

  31. petra January 17, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    You grown people could really behave. everyone is entitled to their opinion. the fatter calves don’t care bout workers. it is time to wake them up. onward Akanni. Toni you join in too

  32. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood January 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    The reason for the strike is to wake up fumble

  33. just observing January 17, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Anybody here remember when the unions led by Ronald Jones and company called us out the week before elections in 1986 and we were in Queen’s Park a’whole half day’. They told us not to take the 6 percent Bree St. John was offering.
    The Bees get lick up the next week.
    Hear the Unions’wunna gine have to tek 4 percent. We din know the treasury din have in much money.’
    Tell me what is different today beside the govt in power has changed. THINK FUH WUNNASELVES PEOPLE.

    • Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Just observing the same point i was alluding to as to why political operatives regardless as to who they are and whomsoever they support will do any union no good!

  34. De Fish Man January 17, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Fruendel should be put under house arrest & fed the same food as up at dodds until he starves or steps down from power shamefully & apologise to the people of Barbados.
    Then go into exile to to Syria or some where like that..!!!
    The worst Prime Minister of not only Barbados but in the history of governments..!!!


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