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A Heather Cole Column – Open Letter to the Trade Unions of Barbados

Time For a Rebirth Barbados is once again at the crossroads, as it stood during the 1930’s. The Trade Union movement of that day challenged the authority of the island when they stood up for the political, social and economic rights of the working class. In every shape and form what had occurred on the […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Partisan Politics and the Workers’ Organization

Permit me, dear reader, at the outset of this week’s essay, readily to concede that I am, to date, unschooled in the finer intricacies of the art of collective bargaining. Nevertheless, it appears to me that an opening gambit of seeking to secure a pay increase in the order of 23% from a notoriously cash-strapped […]

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Airport Worker Labels the Government and NUPW ‘Bullies’

Submitted by Chavone As an employee of GAIA I feel a need to bring light to the situation unfolding at the airport , this government is a bunch of bullies and the nupw aint no better so we the workers are out to sea without a paddle in a leaking canoe. I know the public […]

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Hurting Many for the Benefit of One – the unions exposed

In April 2015, I wrote an article captioned “A new agenda for Barbadian workers and their families”. In that article, I made an attempt to highlight the existence of a struggle between two opposing forces – Barbadian workers and their families versus the political class. Writing from Chicago at the time, I tried to capture […]

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Head of Unity Workers Union Caswell Franklyn Rejects Joy-ann Inniss Claim

The following comment was posted to the Trade Unions Baring Teeth on the Eve of 50th Independence Celebration blog in response to a newspaper article that appeared in the traditional media – Barbados Underground Joyann Inniss claims that she and other members of the executive of NUPW were left out of meetings but did she […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – An Uncomfortable Unionism

The right to strike is one of the essential means through which workers and their organizations may promote and defend their economic and social interests –ILO Committee on Freedom of Association (1985) Truth to tell, despite its inarguable significance for freedom of association for trade union purposes, no one likes a strike. Not the employer […]

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Trade Unions Baring Teeth on the Eve of 50th Independence Celebration

The BU household states for the record it supports the initiative by government to stoke our pride and industry by celebrating all that we have achieved since 1966. What we do NOT agree with is the government using the 50th Anniversary event as an opportunity to feather the popularity of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Akanni McDowall Punished for NOT Toeing the Party Line

Akanni McDowall is substantively appointed to a junior post in the Public Service and until recently, he had been acting in senior posts in excess of two years. He also happens to be the duly elected president of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW). His unceremonious reversion to his substantive post has generated a […]

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Akanni McDowall’s Removal Was Politically Motivated

  Do you remember that the authorities promised to investigate the circumstances surrounding Akanni’s demotion before they meet with the NUPW to discuss the matter. Well I believe that the union is being played for a fool since I understand that Akanni’s replacement took up duties this morning – Caswell Franklyn, Barbados Underground The revelation […]

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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Akanni McDowall Kicked to the Kerb

A Nazi era pastor, Martin Niemoller is credited with having said of the German authorities, First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist. […]

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President Akanni McDowall Under Pressure,with documents

The NUPW posted the message in the newspapers last week inviting members to a meeting to vote on a No Confidence Motion in President Akanni McDowall triggered by the garnering of 50 members who met the criteria. BU will NOT insert itself into the internal squabble of our largest pubic sector union except to share […]

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NUPW No Confidence Letter – Exhibit A

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) appears to have become mired in a quagmire of issues. While the NUPW is charged with representing public workers there is a healthy public interest in how the affairs of that union is being managed. Readers will recall BU expressed a similar concern how the former president Walter […]

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Militancy a Legitimate Trade Union Tool

Submitted by Buddy Cal The editorial in the Nation of February 3, 2016 entitled “Unions must tread carefully” tended to portray the leadership of the National Union of Public Workers as immature, highhanded, unconscionable and unreasonable in its dispute on behalf of its membership with the management of the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. It […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Suspension, Extinction or What?

“People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all that they get…” Frederick Douglass The Barbadian industrial relations culture is relatively unsophisticated. Here, there is no formalized process of the recognition of a workers’ organization as the certified agent of a bargaining unit, an issue that […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column–The Dispute: Source and Aftermath

BU shares the Jeff Cumberbatch Barbados Advocate column – Senior Lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies since 1983, a Columnist with the Barbados Advocate since 2000 and BU commenter – see full bio.

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Vote Danny Gill for President

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Stillborn Employee Rights Tribunal: When the Rights of Workers and the Interest of Trade Unions Differ

In explaining reinstatement, the employee returns to the workplace after careful consideration by the Tribunal and it would be as if the dismissal had not taken place” …In respect of reengagement,” she continued, “the employee returns and if there is suitable employment for the employee, they return to employment that is comparable [to their previous […]

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National Union of Public Workers Blowing HOT Air

Submitted by HAMILTON HILL On this a brisk and dreary first of November morning on Long Island the obvious change in the temperature dictates a change in the way one spends a day off from work in say July, August or even September. Too cold and surely much too windy to rake leaves, I  have […]

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