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BWU wants national consultation on crime

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

BWU wants national consultation on crime

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THE BARBADOS WORKERS UNION (BWU) is calling for an urgent national consultation on crime.

General Secretary Toni Moore said yesterday the recent “spiral of crime among youth in Barbados “is of grave concern” to the BWU’s Executive Council and the Barbadian community. Moore said this concern had spurred them to list the matter as one of five resolutions for consideration by the island’s largest trade union when it holds its 76th Annual Delegates Conference. The conference will take place on successive Saturdays – August 26 and September 2.

The resolution on “Crime and Violence” shared with the media at a news conference yesterday read in part: “Whereas these outbreaks of crime, especially those with the use of firearms and other dangerous weapons have created a shroud of fear and concern among the Barbadian community, given the nature of the weaponry that has been used; and

“Whereas this recent callous and brazen upsurge in lawlessness among sections of the youth has been has been characterised by the use of firearms, in some instances, in public places under the gaze of the public and in some instances causing serious injury to innocent bystanders:

“Be it resolved that this 76th Annual Delegates Conference of the Barbados Workers Union taking place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, calls on the Government of Barbados to take the lead with haste to organise a national consultation involving the Social Partners, along with institutions such as the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Coast Guard, Customs and Excise,  Immigration, Community Development and the relevant civil society groups, with a view to devising corrective measures to curb the spread of lawlessness, particularly among our youth.”

Moore said  the consultation would give the BWU the opportunity to suggest how the trade union movement could have an impact on some of the socio-economic decisions that have to be made especially as it relates to employment of young people and engagement of young people. This is with an aim to “minimize the compulsion of many to deviate towards those areas that only cause societal disruption.”

She added: “I think that many of us are looking at the end game and looking at the whole objective of reducing crime, simply as minimizing the amount of guns and weapons that are available to young people.But I think that more constructively, our discussion has to be around how do we plan to engage young people in a meaningful enough way that will keep them on the straight and narrow.”

Moore also suggested the violence being seen among youth could be a fallout from the dire economic circumstances of Barbados’ “working poor” whose wages were often inadequate to meet the needs of their families. (GC)