Get the facts first before going out to bat for workers.
This message to the island’s public sector unions from the rector of the St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Reverend John Rogers.
This morning he told the congregation gathered for the annual service to mark Public Workers’ Week 2014 – including president Walter Maloney, general secretary Dennis Clarke and General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman – that unions need to ensure they get “full disclosure” not only from the other parties but from members as well.
“As you demand full disclosure from those with whom you are negotiating, also remember that there must be an institutional conscience that seeks full disclosure from itself, for itself. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, if the unions are going to continue to be relevant in this country, you must make that firm determination, as I am sure you have in the past, that you can not defend the indefensible,” Reverend Rogers said.
“Therefore, to the membership of the unions, an obligation is also made on you. If you are going to call on your leadership for defence, make sure that you are in the right. In other words, fulfill your obligations or else you will be encouraging your leaders in a cover up. You will be laying a foundation for them to go to the table without the full disclosure that they must bring to the table.”