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BWU’s warning to employers, employees

BWU’s warning to employers, employees Sir Roy Trotman.

Tue, January 22, 2013 - 6:57 PM

The Barbados Workers' Union has this evening issued a warning to employers and employees in Barbados to treat each other with respect or face the consequences.

Sir Roy Trotman, general secretary of the BWU, made the comments as he brought BWU delegates and those from the BWU LIME division up to date on the trade union\telecommunications company dispute at Solidarity House, St Michael.

They are currently in a closed door meeting.

Before asking members of the media to exit the packed hall, Sir Roy said the BWU would be "fearless" in its treatment towards those guilty of showing disrespect.

Stating that the interest of the BWU was to secure "the interest of working men and women throughout the country", Sir Roy said it was also to ensure that labour management relations continued to be harmonious.

"When we took the leadership to direct that there should be a Social Partnership and that we should be upfront and centre involved in that Social Partnership we were not seeking for the workers to be higher or better than anybody else, but by the same token, we were not accepting that the workers would be the dregs of the community and that we would be dragged and kicked around as if we were ragged dolls," he said.

Sir Roy said they were not only "fighting" for members today but for future generations. (MM)

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Posted by John Da Silva 1 year, 9 months ago
So, are the workers going home or not? If they are, all the apologies in the world mean nothing and LIME management will be having a good laugh at Sir Roy. Seems with Sandy Lane, Royal Shop, and now LIME, the union is batting 0 wins and 3 losses.

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 9 months ago
The BWU is now too powerful and may no longer serve the needs of this country. Workers must be respected and protected. Workers must have the necessary rights and peace of mind. However, too far east is west. The employers also have rights. Sir Roy and his merry men have no idea what it is to face competition and to worry about whether the payroll can be met from week to week. Employers must have the freedom to run their businesses efficiently and profitably. The ability to responsibly hire and fire, trim and balance, expand and grow must rest with the company and not with the BWU. The precedents we set today may haunt us tomorrow. In addition, let us not lose sight of the fact that we are constantly attempting to attract investors and business builders here. Do not let the BWU chase them away. The BWU should make it abundantly clear that our workers will be protected and must be treated with respect but the BWU cannot run the companies for owners and investors. LB.

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