Newly-elected general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore has fired a shot across the bow, telling employees to be prepared to defend their rights.
“I urge you to flex your muscles,” Moore told union members attending the 73rd Annual Delegates’ Conference held at Solidarity House yesterday.
While noting the many challenges facing workers as well as Government’s recent mass retrenchment programme, Moore stated, “if ever there was a time to unite it is now.”
She made particular mention of concerns centred around the Employment Rights Act.
“We are witnessing far too many attempts by employers to reduce the provisions of existing collective agreements to meet the bare minimum requirements of this piece of legislation, thereby, undermining the intent of the law,” she stressed.
“Sadly in some instances where rights and benefits are being repealed, many workers are not fighting back but are retreating, not because they no longer need unions but because fear has taken over to the extent that we want pursuit of justice but at the expense of the other person’s sacrifice or investment.”
The general secretary said the union would be making a push to improve its service delivery gaps and its communication with Barbados’ working class.