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The BWU Labour College


To promote workers’ education for the improvement of the quality of life for all members.


The Barbados Workers’ Union Labour College, the residential educational arm of the Barbados Workers’ Union was opened on 20th September, 1974 as a result of the pressing need which was recognised for an institution of this nature to cater to the needs of the membership of the union.

The College is located at Mangrove in the Parish of St. Philip and occupies ten acres of Mangrove Plantation which was purchased by the Barbados Workers’ Union to give effect to the concept of economic and social development for the workers of Barbados. The College is about 10 minutes drive from the Grantley Adams International Airport and about 35 minutes drive from the City of Bridgetown.


The following are the aims and objectives of the  Barbados Workers’ Union Labour College:

  • To promote the education of workers in all areas and aspects of their working lives.
  • To train leaders of the trade union movement in skills of leadership, organisation and administration of trade unions in the Caribbean context.
  • To train labour educators in the educational methods and techniques of labour education.
  • To educate workers in the disciplines relevant to developmental change in the Caribbean.
  • To integrate the education of workers into the wider field of adult and continuing education.
  • To foster and promote a universal awareness of the trade union organisation as an institution of growth and an instrument of change in the Caribbean.
  • To equip workers to be better equipped participants in national social dialogue, as well as to assist them in more adequately dealing individually and collectively with issues springing from Trade Liberalisation, Globalisation and related matters.
  • To equip members to become users of the new technology and thus more rounded and marketable employees.
  • To develop a stronger consciousness among workers of the value of regional and international solidarity and to assist in bringing about regional integration through education.

The Courses we offer

The College offers courses to members of the Barbados Workers' Union; to members of other trade unions in Barbads and to the members of the other unions within the Caribbean with which we have functional cooperation.

Additionally the Labour College is moving to provide courses and exchange programmes for trade union members from outside the region, as well as short courses for international students who may be following the History and Role of Trade Unions as part of their social studies programmes. Courses include the following:

  • History of Trade Unionism
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Trade Union Administration
  • Shop Stewards/Delegates Training
  • Grievance Handling
  • Leadership and Communications
  • Labour Management Relations
  • Cooperatives
  • Trade Unions and the Law
  • Economics, Sociology, Politics
  • Caribbean Background
  • Occupational Safety & Health (including the environment)
  • Trade Unions and National Development
  • Computer Awareness
  • International Affairs for Trade Unionist
  • Gender Issues and Family Welfare
  • Productivity Bargaining, Job Evaluation, Profit Sharing Schemes
  • Globalisation and the Trade union Movement
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Caribbean Single Market and Economy
  • Regional Integration

The College also develops and conducts courses for international and regional organisations when requested to do so. (See our current education programme)

The Facilities

The College endeavours to use the accepted methods and techniques which are successfully used in adult education. Emphasis is placed on group discussion and workshops, role playing, group dynamics, lectures, the overhead projector, the VCR and TV

The Barbados Workers’ Union Labour College is a residential college and facilities are provided which will enable the participants to be comfortable while in residence. The 20 room dormitory provides accommodation for 36 participants on a double occupancy basis. Each room is equipped with a bathroom, a study desk and a telephone which is operated through a central switchboard. Meals are prepared in a modern kitchen by a dedicated and trained staff and served cafeteria style in the dining hall which can seat  80 persons. Other facilities include two air-conditioned lecture rooms, library, students common room, laundry room and an auditorium.

The College also assists organisations desirous of arranging seminars and short conferences.


The College has a staff complement of 13 persons. There is an Advisory Board which meets to discuss the programmes of the College and to recommend new areas of involvement.

For further Information                  

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Telephone: 246 426 3492
Fax: 246 416 5505