Workers in Barbados need trade union activists, not trade union bureaucrats who are interested only in holding office.
That is the contention of David Denny who plans to throw his hat into the ring at the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) elections on April 1, for the position of second vice-president.
“The reason for offering myself as a candidate in the union election is because the labour movement in Barbados is in a crisis situation. I feel there is a need for trade union activists to get more involved in the leadership of the labour movement,” he told Barbados TODAY
“The NUPW needs to look at a number of serious issues. At this time, the labour movement has failed to look at the appointment of workers who have been in the service for ten years and more, and the failure of Government to grant civil service an increase in salary since 2009.”
Denny plans to submit a resolution to the NUPW calling on the union take action to demand that the Govenrment appoint all civil servants who have served at least 10 years.
“The time frame that I am recommending is September 30 this year. If the Government of Barbados does not take a position to appoint the temporary workers, then the other part of the resolution will call on the union to take legal and industrial action against the Government,” he said.
Denny said he would also be agitating for salary increases for Government workers.