by George Alleyne
Labour Day celebrations began this morning with General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, being first to lay a wreath at the feet of the statue of Sir Frank Walcott, a pioneer in the struggle for workers rights in Barbados.
Sir Roy was followed in this demonstration of respect to one of Barbados’ 10 National Heroes by Minister of Labour, Esther Byer
Suckoo, and a number of representatives of workers across the island.
BWU executive members had earlier led off workers from the Garrison, just after 9am, in a parade through Dalkeith Road, then on to Culloden Road, to the NIS building, the compound in which stands the monument of Sir Frank, the first BWU general secretary.
Following the wreath laying ceremony, workers proceeded along Collymore Rock, to Brown’s Beach on Bay Street to relax and enjoy entertainment ahead of a feature presentation this evening by Sir Roy.