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Sir Roy wants fairness for all

Sir Roy wants fairness for all Barbados Worker’s Union general secretary Sir Roy Trotman addressing the LIME division union members yesterday. (Picture by Ricardo Leacock. )

Wed, January 23, 2013 - 12:09 AM

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) has issued a warning to employers to treat workers with respect or face the consequences.

But it has also underscored the importance of employees pulling their weight in the workplace.

The union’s general secretary Sir Roy Trotman spoke about the rights of both workers and employers yesterday evening as he brought BWU delegates and those from the BWU LIME division up to date on the dispute with telecommunications company LIME at Solidarity House, the union’s headquarters.

Sir Roy told a packed hall of mostly BWU LIME division workers that the trade union would be ”fearless” in its treatment of those guilty of showing disrespect. (MM)

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
Only this past Monday I posted, "If unions would only implore their members to increase productivity and give excellent customer service, ... salary increases would be greater, ... companies could give enhanced benefits to employees ... as their profits increase .... Unions cannot be demanding massive wage increases every couple years while productivity lingers far behind. This imbalance is not sustainable over the long-term."

I am not sure if Sir Roy reads the Nation blog but it is heartening to read this comment attributed to him in today's newspaper as he warned employers to treat workers with respect: "...it also underscored the importance of employees 'pulling their weight' in the workplace."

Whether or not the term "pulling their weight" is a direct quote from Sir Roy, it is a step in the right direction towards employees, though it is a bit vague. He needs to be very specific in how he communicates his expectations of them in the worplace and remove all ambiguity regarding interpretation of what he says and means.

What Sir Roy needs to say to the workers, plain and simple is: increase productivity. 

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