The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados has called on all workers, and the working class, not to lose sight of the significance of the annual May Day celebrations.
General Secretary of CTUSAB, Dennis De Peiza, made this call today during a Press briefing at the union’s headquarters on Beckles Road, St. Michael.
De Peiza reminded workers that it was about commemorating the historic struggle of working people throughout the world. He argued that much to the credit of the labour movement, it remained committed to the cause of representing and safeguarding the interests of working class people.
The senior trade unionist said: “It is imperative that the local movement seizes the moment on this International Workers’ Day to reflect on the contribution of our trade union leaders over the years to the cause of labour, and to the economic, social and political development and well-being of an independent and developing Barbadian society.”
He urged all Barbadians to join with it in remembering the sterling contributions of national heroes like the Sir Grantley Adams, Sir Hugh Springer, Sir Frank Walcott, Clement Payne, Charles Duncan O’neal, Bussa, Sarah Ann Gill and Errol Walton Barrow made on behalf of the masses.
De Peiza also called on workers to acknowledge the contribution of Senator Sir Roy Trotman, the long-standing General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union and former President of the CTUSAB.
He maintained that with the ever changing global industrial landscape, it was important now more than ever, that the labour movement maintained its strength and character and be proactive in meeting the challenges of the time.
“If the local movement is to be successful in this quest, it requires that a sense of maturity continues to prevail and that there is a renewed commitment to a common sense of purpose,” De Peiza said.
“CTUSAB believes that by maintaining the bond of unity, the local trade union movement will do justice to the cause of promoting the interest of all affiliates and generally to advance the social and economic welfare of the workers of Barbados.”
The trade unionist assured all Barbadians that CTUSAB remained a proud member of the Social Partnership, adding that it was under no illusion that the movement had served Barbados well ever since it came into being following the economic crisis of 1991.
The general secretary expressed pride at the fact that through engagement of the tripartite mechanism, Barbados now had put into law the Safety and Health at Work Act and the Employment Rights Act. De Peiza also noted that at this time discussions were ongoing at arriving at a new Holidays with Pay Act.
He said he regretted that the events of late had forced a delay in the signing of a resolution for the extension of Protocol VI.†De Peiza however looked forward to the signing that will extend the life of Protocol VI to year ending April 30, 2014.
He gave all workers, employers and Government the assurance that it would continue to be a model for the world in consensus building and harmonious industrial relations within a unique tripartite system.†(NC)†