The working-class history of Babados
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- Civilians Fed Up
- By Terrel Yearwood, Barbados Nation, 24 April 2000.
The plight of civilian workers employed by the Royal Barbados Police
Force continues to be of concern to the National Union of Public
Workers (NUPW). Working conditions and casual labor.
- Wage Plea - Food Chain Urged To Pay Workers
- Barbados Nation, 1 May 2000. The Budg-Buy food chain,
still locked in a legal battle with the Barbados Workers'
Union over the severance of supervisors, has been warned
against oppressing its workers.
- No Big Mac
- By Carol Martindale, Barbados Nation, 12 March 2000.
The Cabinet rejected the latest application submitted by T-Bone
Investments to open a MacDonalds here. The most important
reason were the objections from the Barbados Workers' Union
(BWU) and the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations
on trading services. BWU members laid off in the 1990s often
started food businesses of their own, and they now fear the
fast food giant will destroy the small businesses.
- Union Not Supporting Gravediggers
- Daily Nation, 20 June 2000. Gravediggers, who have threatened
industrial action if they are not granted a hazard allowance, do not
have the backing of their trade union. Some of the 66 workers have
threatened a work stoppage in an effort to show "they mean
business", but the SSA shop steward says courtesy requires
meeting with management at least twice first.
- NUPW members: Fire the president
- Daily Nation, 10 July 2000. Some members of the National
Union of Public Workers (NUPW) want president Millicent Small
sacked because he refused to reinstate three union officers. The
President argued that a restructuring of the NUPW led to their
being "terminated," not disciplined, and there is no
provision in the constitution to challenge such a decision.
- Second meeting into NUPW sackings fail
- Barbados Daily Nation, 14 July 2000. Meeting of the
National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) concerning sacking
of two union officers by reason of union restructuring. Meeting
fails for lack of quorum.
- New world order brings fresh approach to
- Barbados Daily Nation, 24 July 2000. SAP and working-class
nationalism: The BWU General Secretary feels that the structural
adjustments of the 1990s and globalisation significantly changes
companies' approached to labour, and desired productivity requires
greater attention to the needs of the workers; internal fighting
between employers and Barbados as a whole is not necessary, but
rather a united approach to fighting the external world.