Trade union boss Senator Sir Roy Trotman is concerned about discrimination in Barbados, including against the island’s senior citizens.
As he announced that his Barbados Workers Union was planning to establish a special facility on property it owns in St. Michael to get the elderly to pass on their skills to younger Barbadians. The General Secretary said it was not right for the elderly’s rights to be ignored.
“There are all forms of discrimination that we are being faced with from time to time and this level of discrimination we hear about is discrimination that we need to be very careful to take note of,” he said.
“When there is this question of discrimination that we cannot properly take care of then the question of fundamental human rights, the question of the right to live free of discrimination becomes a major one.
“Aging increases the demand for the effective exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he added. Speaking in the Upper House during debate on the White Paper on Aging, Sir Roy also called for “adequate protection”, especially in relation to preparation for retirement and retirement benefits such as pensions and income security.
“I believe that in our preparation for appropriate decision making mechanisms arising out of the passage of this resolution, that we are going to have to ask our governments, now and future governments, as we continue to build on this paper to ensure that … there will be adequate protection in the areas that the paper seeks to address,” he said.
“Pensions, earnings, title deeds, the whole gamut of things which persons are likely to find being treated as risky commodities because aging brings all forms of dementia with it, and because of that there could be difficulties which we have to take very great care to protect one way or the other. (SC)