‘Maintaining a Healthy and Productive Workforce’ – Keynote Address of 10th Biennial Delegates Conference of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB)
The 10th Biennial Delegates Conference of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) will commence with an Official Opening Ceremony on Thursday, 25th September, 2014, at the Barbados Public Workers’ Cooperative Credit Union Ltd., Belmont Road, St. Michael.
The Welcome Address is to be delivered by Mr. Cedric Murrell, President, CTUSAB. Senator Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development and Chairman of the Sub Committee of the Social Partnership, and Mr. Alex MacDonald, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association, have been invited to address the Opening of the Conference.
One of the highlights of the Opening Ceremony will be the presentation of awards. These awards are the CTUSAB Recognition Award, the Patrick Frost Award, the Leroy Trotman Award and the General Secretary’s Award.
The CTUSAB Recognition Award is to be presented to an individual or organization, who or which has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the trade union movement.
The Patrick Frost Award is to be awarded to an individual who is recognized for their outstanding contribution at the level of the Executive of a trade union or staff association of which the individual is a member. The Leroy Trotman Award which is the premier award of the Congress, will be awarded to the individual who has been adjudged to have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the labour movement at national, regional and international level.
The Conference will debate resolutions on the subjects of Unification and Trade Union Solidarity and The Engagement of Youth respectively.
Other issues that are expected to engage the attention of the Conference include staffing shortages in the Public Service, the failure on the part of some Ministries, Boards of Management of Public Secondary Schools and Statutory Boards to treat favourably to trade unions and staff associations.
The Conference will elect a new Executive Board for the 2014-2016 Biennium. The Preliminary Report of the Elections and Credentials Committee to the Executive Board, has indicated that the following candidates have been nominated unopposed, at the close of nomination, July 17, 2014. These are:
- President: Cedric Murrell, National Union of Public Workers
- 1st Vice President: Pedro Shepherd, Barbados Union of Teachers
- 2nd Vice President: Blondelle Mullin, Barbados Nurses Association
- 3rd Vice President: Grantley Greene, Barbados Fire Service Association
- General Secretary: Dennis de Peiza, Barbados Union of Teachers
- Assistant General Secretary: Margarette Wilson, Barbados Nurses Association
- Treasurer: Pamela Humphrey, National Union of Public Workers