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Decent Work for Domestic Workers' Launch
Friday, 29 September 2017 09:59

As part of its campaign to urge the Government to ratify ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, the Barbados Workers’ Union (B.W.U.) will launch the “Decent Work for Domestic Workers” drive at its headquarters, “Solidarity House” on Saturday, October 7, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

The launch which signals the B.W.U.’s embrace of the domestic workers seeks to guarantee that there is no infringement of domestic workers’ rights to fair wages, overtime pay, paid vacation, human and labour rights, such as occupational safety and health. The B.W.U. is therefore calling on all domestic workers and interested citizens to rally in support of domestic workers as it seeks to bring about change for this category of workers.

The launch is appropriately being held on the 10th anniversary of The World Day for Decent Work, on which the 181 million member, Brussels-based International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is appealing for global mobilisation by trade union organisations to stand up for decent work, while calling on Governments to place decent work at the centre of their actions to bring back economic growth and build a new global economy that puts people first.

Of significant relevance to domestic workers, this year the global focus is on the world struggle for minimum wages and a pay rise for all workers. Trade unions are calling on governments to heed the call from working women and men for decent wages, safe and secure jobs, and an end to greedy corporations setting the rules for the economy. This means ensuring that minimum wage-floors must be enough to ensure a decent standard of living, and that all workers must have the right to join a trade union and bargain collectively.

Massive Open Online Course on Fair Wages
Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:16

The Global Labour University is launching the new Massive Open Online Course on Fair wages Strategies in a Global Economy. It will start with a FacebookLive Discussion with experts from IndustriALL and the International Labour Organization on 24 October 2017 at 13:00 p.m. UTC.

The course offers global networking theory and [practice skills for trade unionists on fair wags, collective bargaining and minimum ages. Participation is free of charge, and it costs 49 pounds Sterling for a certificate. There is a programme to study towards a certificate for free scholarship.

Why should you be motivated to study this course? Well, billions of workers around the world have no regular income or do not even earn a wage sufficient to live a decent life. Wages for many workers have been stagnant and most economic gains have gone to the top of the income pyramid.

Why do income inequalities .continue to increase in so many countries? What role can collective bargaining and minimum wages play in reducing social and economic inequalities? What constitutes a fair wage?

Colleagues you should join this new online course to learn and discuss these and many other questions with experts from universities, the International Labour Organization and the international trade union movement.

You can watch the course trailer and enroll for free on  

The course starts on 24 October 2017 with a Facebook LiveDiscussion. Register on to join the Facebook Live. You can also enroll and catch up whenever you have time.

BWU Appeals to Membership to Help Dominica
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:45

The Barbados Workers’ Union has launched an appeal to its members, past and present, to contribute towards our brothers and sisters in the Hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica. The Executive Council of the B.W.U., at its meeting on Wednesday, September 20, pledged to assist in the relief efforts being made by Barbados and is appealing to the entire Union family to move with urgency to donate.  Please click here.

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