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Highlighting manufacturing

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Highlighting manufacturing

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THIS YEAR’S MAY Day celebrations will pay special focus on manufacturing.
Bajan labour, products and services will be highlighted as the Barbados Workers’ Union teams up with the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association (BMA).
Executive director of the BMA Bobbi McKay said while they struggle to impress upon consumers the need to buy local and support local manufacturers, sometimes the practices of some current and former manufacturers went contrary to what the Buy Bajan campaign promoted.
Speaking today at the launch of this year’s activities at Solidarity House, she called for all persons to join forces against the trend of importing “anything from anywhere and everywhere”. 
“Regrettably some of the bigger culprits in this subculture are former manufacturers, those who are well aware of what challenges it takes to garner and secure local support for local products.  These same people who once thrived on local production are now creating unfair advantages for the sector,” Mc Kay said. (LK)