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Industrial unrest may be brewing

CARLOS ATWELL, ​[email protected]

Industrial unrest may be brewing

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Certain individuals’ lack of adherence to industrial relations best practices is leading Barbados to major industrial unrest, says a trade union leader.

In fact, said Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) president, Edwin O’Neal, the island is on a “collision course” with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

“We are involved in the doctrine of tripartism, which is integral to the construct of the social partnership. If any one unit decides they will arbitrarily not abide by it, then we all need to shut shop and go home. But we in the trade union took the Prime Minister at her word about holding hands and staying the course for the good of Barbados, very often to our own detriment.

“We have been put in a position where we have cooperated in ways the trade union movement of the past would not have done, because of tripartism. The whole notion of the Social Partnership is to avoid flare ups where they need not occur when or if there is dialogue . . . (CA)

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