If ever there was a time that Barbados needed God and workers needed a voice, it is now.
That was the position of new General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore as she addressed a service at the Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of Barbados’ largest trade union.
She said uions were particularly important to ensure workers were not taken advantage of.
“Not only in Barbados, but across the world. We have seen attempts by governments and the private sector to roll back gains made by workers over the years of struggle. Even today as I speak the International Labour Organization is calling on nations to emphasize decency in work. The organization has recognized that decency is something lacking in work. On Tuesday, the BWU will be part of an international drive that recognizes workers’ need decent work,” Moore said.
Sir Roy Trotman’s successor told the membership of the union that while some saw her as “this girl in pampers”, she had the confidence of union’s executive council and that of the workers.
“Today I count it a privilege to stand before you and say to you that I am the fourth general secretary of the union and the first female to hold the post. So much has been said about this young girl . . . I see myself as part of God’s mandate for our organization and workers across Barbados. Holding the position of general secretary is one that I do not fear and the executive council is very confident that as a team we can go forward,” Moore said.
Meanwhile, in his sermon, pastor in charge of the church, Reverend Joel Cumberbatch lauded the union for the excellent contribution it has made to the development of the country.
He congratulated Moore on assuming the office of general secretary of the BWU and felt that she would continue the tradition of excellence laid by her predecessors.
Directing his attention to Moore, the cleric told her that she was following in the footsteps of such great men as Sir Hugh Springer, Sir Frank Walcott and Sir Roy Trotman.
Taking issue with those who question the ability of young people to lead major organizations in Barbados Cumberbatch said: “We can no longer judge people based on their gender or on the fact that they are young. All of the evidence is there that they are qualified to do the job yet someone would say they are young. What nonsense? We have to put trust and confidence in the youth. We have to judge the general secretary not on the basis of her youth, but on the basis of her performance.”