General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore and Kevin John Boyce, son of former Minister of Health John Boyce, were among six new independent senators sworn into office this morning.
Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason administered the oath of allegiance just around 10:30 during a brief ceremony at Government House while warning the new senators of the signal duty to faithfully and impartially represent their respective interests.
Also appointed to the Upper Chamber are Senator The Reverend Michael Bruce St John Maxwell, Senator Christopher Austin Maynard, Senator The Honourable Lindell Elon Nurse and Senator Monique Cheryl Taitt.
There is a seventh independent senator in Ms Alphea Margot Wiggins who will represent business interests and will be sworn in at a later date as she is currently out of the island.
“I am feeling honoured to be given the opportunity to expand my contribution on the behalf of workers of the Barbados Workers’ Union and the wider country. I don’t envisage that my mandate will necessarily be any broader but I consider that I have the opportunity to express through another forum, which is the Senate, and I am delighted,” said Senator Moore.
The BWU boss told reporters that given the island’s state of affairs numerous issues need to be addressed, however, she will concentrate on ensuring that workers aren’t hugely impacted.
“There are so many issues that we have to tackle as a country right now. We have the issue of the economy that will have to be given attention.
My focus would be to make sure that workers and those among us in this country who are most vulnerable are not on the front-line of whatever adjustments have to take place at this time. Workers will consider themselves to be vulnerable but there are some who are more vulnerable and would need much more bolstering and that is my commitment.”
Moore is urging Government to continue its conversation in terms of the Social Partnership.
“The new administration has started out well in terms of engaging and as we advised last Monday when we met for the first time, engagement must not only be in the honeymoon period but engagement has to be the order of the day.
My further advice to Government would be to listen. It doesn’t make any sense talking and not listening and executing.”
Equally feeling a sense of esteem was Attorney-at-law Senator Boyce who will be following in his father’s footsteps.
“I feel honoured with a tremendous sense of responsibility to follow the Governor-General’s mandate in regard to speaking impartially with Youth, Culture and Sports. I will try to offer my guidance in relation to the legalisation coming from the Lower House. My dad would have given me lots of advice. My father served in a capacity, which he was aligned to a political party. I am in a position where I get to serve the people of Barbados impartially and it is quite refreshing,” he said.