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Struggle for social dialogue

Struggle for social dialogue

“There must be a serious reassessment of the role of the union movement and of collective rights in this process if unions are to become dynamic social engineers and reclaim their legitimate space in the socioeconomic arena.” Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine. In last week’s column, an argument was made for Barbados to seriously re-engage the […]

Need for new leadership style

Conscious of the bitter divisions in France, President Macron at the end of the G20 Summit in Hamburg said that polarization is a serious threat to cooperation, mutual trust, mutual respect and world peace. Like a malignant tumour, polarization has spread worldwide and is causing problems and conflicts not just between traditional foes and adversaries, […]

On being inventive

It has started. The effects of the dreaded National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) has begun. Although I can’t say that July 1 was the starting date for price increases. About two weeks after the budget measure to increase the NSRL had passed, I went to the supermarket to buy some dog chow. Trying to be a […]

The high toll of prostate cancer

The high toll of prostate cancer

Every year, Barbados loses an average of 100 men to prostate cancer, a disease that gives them a chance of survival if they get tested early and corrective action is taken after detection. However, the rate of check-ups for Bajan men continues to be low. The 100 men who die annually are out of 150 […]

A lot of marching talk

A lot of marching talk

The March for Relief staged by trade unions last Tuesday as a protest against  austerity measures in last month’s 2017 Budget and to press their case for a tax ease, was the hot topic of public discussion this week. The discussion, in fact, started before the event even took place. An estimated 400 persons took […]

Tasty pork loin

This last week certainly has been an exciting one as the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) National Convention – Orlando, lived up to and surpassed expectations. This event is yet another one that clearly demonstrates the importance of gaining knowledge via the “global classroom” which we have been discussing over the last few weeks. When this […]

Unknown Trini performs special local feat

Unknown Trini performs special local feat

An unknown Trinidadian to the top local domestic cricket stage sent me searching long, hard and deep through my treasured records and statistics earlier this week. The search was well worth it. Terrance Hinds, a 25-year-old fast bowling all-rounder appearing in his first ever Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Elite division three-day Championship match for Massy […]

A painful moment of truth

A painful moment of truth

“The Lord told Samuel: “Saul has stopped obeying me and I am sorry that I made him king.” 1 Samuel: 15:10 It seems, with rather increasing frequency, that almost every conceivable thing is going wrong for this noticeably adrift and despairing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) regime in the twilight of what has been a generally disappointing […]

Labour’s approach to austerity measures

The implementation of austerity measures by governments across the world has become a phenomenon of modern times, as countries undertake programmes to counteract the fallout from the global economic crisis. The major problem which concerns politicians and economists is generally that of the growing fiscal deficit. Trade unions and private sector employers both have a […]