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Caswell: Blow to labour


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Caswell: Blow to labour

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The decision by General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), Toni Moore, to accept the ruling Barbados Labour Party’s candidacy in the upcoming by-election for St George North, is being deemed a gut-punch to the country’s labour movement.  

According to Opposition Senator and head of the Unity Trade Union, Caswell Franklyn, the credibility of the island’s oldest trade union was now at risk, as its leader is “attempting to serve two masters”. 

He also accused the Mia Mottley-led administration of trying to weaken the labour movement, noting that labour was instrumental in the crushing 30-0 defeat of the Freundel Stuart-led Democratic Labour Party just two years ago.

Franklyn also predicted that the move was likely to result in severe backlash to the BWU. He also questioned if Moore intends to carry on as an independent Senator, now that she has declared her candidacy for a political party. (CLM)

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