After 41 years of service to the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), trade unionist Orlando ‘Gabby’ Scott will be hanging up his hat.
The outgoing Assistant General Secretary was recognized on Monday during day one of the Week of Excellence at the Grande Salle, Central Bank.
The 73-year-old, who has been a member of the BWU for the past 53 years, said it was an honour to have served the union in an official capacity, and promised to continue giving of his service.
His final day with the organisation will be Saturday, March 2.
Scott, who was responsible for taking the lead in organising activities for the Week of Excellence, said he was grateful to have contributed to that as well as to the BWU generally, over the years.
The week of events was started in 2003, with the aim of increasing productivity awareness and giving stakeholders an opportunity to discuss issues relating to productivity. The theme this year is Driving Change Towards the New Economy.
Scott, a married father of four, said he was satisfied that a lot of the progress made in the country over the years was partly due to the BWU.
“If you seriously look at it, whatever we have achieved has a lot to do with the work that the BWU has done,” he insisted.
Thanking his co-workers and members of the union for their support, the former media worker encouraged them to see the BWU as an organisation that should help bring about needed change in the society.
Scott is a former student of the Christ Church Boys’ Foundation School.
Soon after graduating from secondary school, he took up a career in journalism at the Barbados Advocate before accepting a position in public relations with the BWU.
BWU General Secretary Senator Toni Moore recalled that Scott was the one responsible for expanding the activities of the Week of Excellence over time, adding that he was “outstanding”.
She said while she expected the Week of Excellence to undergo some changes from time to time, she would appreciate if “we would let his legacy inspire us”.
“It is a legacy of hard work, a legacy of truly understanding people and embracing people and living to advance people. Let that legacy also inspire us into the new economy and the future of work. Gabby, we want to thank you so very much,” said Moore.
Two years ago, Scott received the Barbados Jubilee Honour for his outstanding contribution to the labour movement.