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BWU, PM may meet

BWU, PM may meet Some men organizing placards for the planned industrial action

By Marlon Madden | Tue, January 15, 2013 - 9:42 AM

A POSSIBLE MEETING with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today will not stop the 25 000-strong Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) from proceeding with an islandwide shutdown.

Shortly after an over two-hour closed door meeting with union delegates at Solidarity House last night, general secretary Sir Roy Trotman said the strike was still on, but when quizzed by members of the media as to when the strike action would begin or what form it would take, the union boss said he was not ready to disclose those details just yet.

“There will be a general strike but there will be other stoppages too,” he said.

“The plans for action that were made are the plans for action that were made. We have been slapped in the face by the employer class in Barbados and what we had planned to do we will do. We have great support from all 25 000 members of our union,” he added, stating that the union had been “very patient” since the breakdown in negotiations last Wednesday.

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Posted by Cheese On 1 year, 9 months ago
Seems this thing is really going to happen!

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Posted by Adam Shaw 1 year, 9 months ago
Freundel Stuart Is No Longer... Currently The Elected Prime Minister of Barbodos... He Has Exceeded His 5 Year Term... That Is Why The BLP Are Not In Parliament Today...
And That Means The DLP Can't Do Anything…
So Barbados Is Currently Running With No Official Government.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
Why must the Prime Minister
(ANY Prime Minister) ..get dragged into this daily stuff?

Doesn't Barbados have an Ombudsman for this sort of petty problem-solving?

Does it REALLY take the absolute top level of Government to solve these island squabbles?
Is Barbados still a large African tribe
whereby The Big Chief gets to settle everything?
Come, now.... We can do better than that.

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Posted by Bajan Fishermen 1 year, 9 months ago
Now tell us what right does this Union has in calling a general strike, when the dispute is about Lime? none of these Union leaders have ever created a job in their entire lives, but want to tell a person, who has spent their money on creating jobs, how best to protect their investment.
These Union Leaders, are paid exceptionally well, while they suckle at the breast of the tax payers and their union membership.
Those companies that are affected by the lawlessness of this union leadership, must take legal action on both the union and personally against its leadership for all economic loss.
You see, the problem with the unions in Barbados is their duplicity. They would like to continue with their cozy political relationship with the political parties, yet refuses to deal with the real hard core issues that labour is facing in this era of economic and technological changes.
What we have here in a Union that is being led by Dinosaurs, who have not got the foggiest of ideas, that the world of old labour has changed.
They do not want to negotiate such things as productivity, which is an integral part of any labour contract negotiations. So the dinosaurs has decided that with their imminent extinction, they must take the whole country along with them.
Right now they are companies who would like to set up shop in Barbados, refusing to do so because this Union which for all purpose has a monopoly, coddles the lackadaisical approach of the labour force.
Workers, coming to work whenever they feel like, Calling in because it is raining.
You cannot not get workers to come to work after being paid, and yet this union want companies to keep such unproductive people.

As the saying goes, the apple do not drop far from the tree.

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Posted by dirty okra 1 year, 9 months ago
Honestly. Mr. trotman had become my daily entertainment. I really feel this man thinks he's the next Jimmy Hoffa. Can someone please tell me. Does this man really yield this kind of power that he is alluding to have? Maybe I am just really un-aware of how much power the union holds. Any answers to my question would be greatly appreciated.

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