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Partnership first!

Carlos Atwell

Partnership first!

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While Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo has “no challenges” personally with Barbados’ leading trade unionist, she does not think representing Barbados at the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conference in Geneva should be held in higher regard than local industrial relations matters.
Breaking her apparent silence after Barbados Workers’ Union general secretary Sir Roy Trotman placed the blame for the union’s exit from the Social Partnership squarely on her shoulders, the minister told the media yesterday while at an intraregional preparatory meeting on Small Island Developing States at Hilton Barbados that the tripartite dialogue should be more important than any other consideration.
“The BWU was instrumental in developing the Social Partnership and has been a strong, if not the strongest, voice within the Social Partnership and Sir Roy has been the father of the Social Partnership movement itself. I would really not want to believe that, at the end of the day, representation at Geneva is considered to be so important that it could take precedent over that Social Partnership and the state of industrial stability in Barbados,” she said.
Byer Suckoo, while pointing out that Sir Roy and the BWU had represented Barbados “excellently” to the ILO, said she was sure everyone involved would see what was truly important “when the dust settled”.