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Moore: A voice for the vulnerable

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Moore: A voice for the vulnerable

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Less than ten minutes into her role as a senator, trade unionist Toni Moore said every breath would be spent protecting Barbados’ most vulnerable.

And she will be fighting any attempt to make workers the scapegoat in any adjustment to get the country back on solid financial footing, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) general secretary said yesterday after being sworn in as one of the seven independent senators.

The senators were all chosen by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.

“One of the things I will be trying to ensure in any contribution I make, whether in the Partnership or the Senate, is to ensure workers are not put on the front line of any adjustment,” Moore told a media gathering after the swearing-in ceremony at Government House. “There has to be adjustments, and all of us in some form or fashion will have to shift our modus operandi, but one of the things I will be emphasising for sure, is that those who are the most vulnerable are the ones most protected. All of us need protection, but there are some of who are more vulnerable than others,” Moore said.


Improvement needed


The Social Partnership, Moore and social stakeholders met twice with new Prime Minister, Mia Mottley last week, and the union boss said she was quite aware of the issues facing Barbados and the effort needed to improve the situation.

“Barbados is at a very delicate stage right now. The country is well aware of the myriad of challenges which have to be tackled, some of them simultaneously, and there are issues that relate to the public sector.

“I’m happy for the opportunity to influence outside of the Social Partnership. I’m particularly honoured to be able to continue my representation for the constituent base I have, and I’m proud to serve my country in this new role.

“The Barbados Workers Union has served in this capacity for some time with my predecessor Sir Roy [Trotman]. I’m honoured to continue, and even expand that legacy,” the BWU boss said.

Moore said it would be difficult to balance being general secretary of the BWU and an independent senator, but then quoted the Bible, saying her mantra is she does all things through Christ, who strengthens her.

Moore said that her solid team at the BWU would also assist in allowing her to take the Senate challenge head on. (BA)