Fontabelle Newspaper claims “Hundreds turn out for protest” – Guess Opposition will try to claim credit?

HUNDREDS OF WORKERS have responded to the trade unions’ call to turn out for todays’ protest action which started in Queen’s Park.

(BajanReporter’s NOTE: There were so many ways the Union could have poked holes in Govt’s contention or even had the protest action since last year – what do they say to NCC employees who were displaced since last year? Who begged to call for an islandwide closure? If NIS wants to push retirment to 67 0r 72 and Trotman as the Ret’d BWU Gen Scty is still accepted as a Union negotiator, then how are BIDC staff made to retire come September? The Unions are only appearing to be bad-asses yet the truth is they’re only sad asses!)

Led by National Union of Public Workers president, Akanni McDowall, Barbados Workers’ Union general secretary, Sir Leroy Trotman Toni Moore and members of CTUSAB, workers are singing and chanting for unity as they make their way along the route.

The protesters include employees of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, National Assistance Board, Probation Department, Customs and Excise Division and Sanitation Service Authority.

The protesters include employees of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, National Assistance Board, Probation Department, Customs and Excise Division and Sanitation Service Authority.

Moore led the chants while McDowall and Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union head Mary Redman addressed the crowd.

Today’s action stems from the BIDC’s decision to send some of its workers on early retirement at the age of 60. The unions have argued that this move has implications for other public sector workers. (HLE/NB)

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