The following is an edited version of the Independence message by the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados.
ON THE OCCASION of the celebration of the island’ 50th anniversary of Independence, the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), as the representative voice of Barbadian labour, proudly salutes the nation on this achievement.
As a champion of the interest and welfare of the working-class people and that of the total Barbadian citizenry, the labour movement of Barbados is conscious of the fact that the achievement of the milestone of 50 years of independent nationhood has rested on the people identifying with the national motto of Pride And Industry.
With respect to its preserve, the labour movement has remained steadfast to the practice of the voluntaristic system of industrial relations, which is predicated on the exercise of the principle of good will. This has contributed immensely to the promoting of consensus building, the out-turn of which has been the maintaining of a harmonious and stable labour environment.
Today, as Barbados celebrates 50 years of Independence, the labour movement as a stakeholder can be justly proud of the prominent role it has played in the furtherance of the country’s development.
Its successful championing of labour and human rights, labour standards, ILO Core Conventions, which have been embraced by successive governments, and the introduction of new and progressive labour legislation, have been major features which are rooted in the development the nation has recorded to date.
It is important that as we celebrate the role which organised labour has and continues to play in the nation’s development, led by progressive and dynamic leaders over time, that credit is given to them for having worked collaboratively with successive political directorate, towards ensuring that Barbados meets the global challenges thrown up in the post-independent era.
As Barbados looks forward to the next 50 years, the labour movement recommits to putting Barbados first, as this is vital if the country is to achieve its development goals, become more competitive, maintain its political stability and achieve sustained growth and development.