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Unions ‘still relevant’


Unions ‘still relevant’

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MINISTER OF LABOUR Dr Esther Byer Suckoo has given her full support to workers’ unions while defending their relevance.

“As long as we have workers we need to have unions to ensure that workers’ rights are protected,” she told attendees at the May Day celebrations launch and exhibition at the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) headquarters at Solidarity House this week.

Byer Suckoo admitted that even where there was legislation in place to protect the worker, there would always be some who would attempt to sidestep it. She charged that they would try to “step on words” and interpret that legislation as they wished only for their own gains sometimes even if this meant at the expense or to the detriments of workers.

“So as long as that happens we have to ensure that workers are protected . . . .  All of you will be workers one day, whether you work for somebody or you work for yourselves. If you work for yourselves you will have workers working with you and you need to understand workers’ rights,” she said. (SDB Media) 

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.