The Unity Workers Union is threatening to call out workers at the Psychiatric Hospital next week to protest what it deems to be intimidation of union members at the lone mental health institution on the island.
UWU General Secretary Caswell Franklyn issued this warning today during an interview with Barbados TODAY.
In correspondence sent on May 29 to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Civil Service, Alyson Forte, Franklyn complained that previous correspondence, dated August 18, 2014, and October 20, 2014, in which the union had highlighted the workers’ plight, remained unanswered.
Franklyn also charged that the management of the Psychiatric Hospital had ignored the workers’ concerns.
However, in his letter last week, the outspoken trade unionist reminded management that it was still a criminal offence under Section 40 (A) of the Trade Union Act “to dismiss or adversely affect the employment or alter the position of a worker, because he is seeking to better his condition through a trade union”.
Franklyn also warned the management of the hospital that the union would seek to protect its members by any means necessary.
He therefore informed Forte that since efforts to amicably resolve the issues affecting its members have failed, the union intends to initiate industrial action without any further reference to him.