Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) President Mary Redman is tonight on the mend after she damaged ligaments in her left ankle while participating in today’s march by the labour unions.
Redman told Barbados TODAY she twisted her ankle at Queen’s Park, The City when the area on which she stepped after completing her presentation gave way.
Despite the pain she participated in the walk with fellow union leaders and members, with the support of colleagues.
Following their meeting with Opposition Leader Mia Mottley at Parliament, where Redman, along with the leaders of the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Workers Union and the National Union of Public Workers presented Mottley with a letter demanding a reprieve from the National Social Responsibility Levy, the BSTU president had to be taken for medical attention, as she could no longer walk.
Redman told Barbados TODAY the doctors placed her ankle in a foot brace and she will be on crutches for the next three weeks.
The healing process, she said, is likely to take between six and eight weeks.
However, a determined Redman she was “undaunted by the injury, crutches or not”.
Some 400 shop stewards and members of the four unions joined their leaders in a walk to Independence Square, from where the four leaders made the trek to Parliament in a bid to deliver letters to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Mottley, and Independent Members of Parliament Owen Arthur and Dr Maria Agard.
Stuart had initially refused to meet all four leaders, but changed his mind later.
However, the unions said it was too late by then, so they left the letter addressed to him at reception, along with those meant for the two Independent parliamentarians, both of whom were absent.
The unions want Stuart to reduce the contentious NSRL by 50 per cent, a climbdown from their earlier position that the tax must go, or their members be given a coping subsidy.