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Labour’s commitment to people, country

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Labour’s commitment to people, country

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Stressing that labour has a responsibility to honour its commitment to its constituents?and the country, Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) general secretary Sir Roy Trotman said he was delighted to take part in the resolution to extend Protocol VI of the Social Partnership.
Sir Roy, whose union has been involved in an acrimonious split from the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), put his signature to the resolution at Government Headquarters on Bay Street following sign-offs from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Patrick Todd, and chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, John Williams.
“There have been many speculators who are of the view that because there is a difference between representatives of the workers that it follows that the workers will no longer honour their obligations to our nation.
“I think the fact that you recognize here all of the representatives of labour is an indication that whatever differences that you may have helped to accentuate, that labour has a commitment to its constituents, has a responsibility to our nation and labour intends to honour that commitment and those obligations,” he said.
Sir Roy, who was seated next to CTUSAB?president Cedric Murrell, said he was delighted to be involved in the preparation for and the signature of all six protocols but regretted that signature does not appear on the Protocol VI document.