Union concern over youth
Young Barbadians are not showing an interest in joining the trade union movement and union officials have expressed concerns over the trend.
In addition, a survey commissioned by the Congress of Trade Union and Staff Associations of Barbados, and was completed by the Productivity Council in 2010 found that there was still a huge segment of the workforce that was not unionized.
The findings of the labour survey were presented yesterday by senior economist with the productivity Council Olivia Chase during day five of the Week of Excellence at the auditorium of the Ministry of Labour in Warrens. Today’s theme was Strategic Development for Barbados Trade Unions.
The survey showed that 54 per cent of the responses came from the private sector, 34 per cent from the public sector while two per cent of those taking part were self employed, five per cent were unemployed and five per cent retired.
“In 2010, 41 per cent of the respondents were members of the trade union movement. Conversely 59 of those respondents were not members of a trade union. That should raise a flag in your minds in that there is a large body of workers who are not affiliated with a trade union,” said Chase.
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