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BWU Elected as Vice President of the 19th Regional Conference of the Americas
Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:02

The Executive Council of The Barbados Workers’ Union (B.W.U.) congratulates the General Secretary, Senator Toni Moore, on being elected as a Vice President of the 19th Regional Conference of the Americas. Senator Moore was one of three Vice Presidents elected at the conference. The Government Vice-President is Ms Graciela Sosa of Argentina and the Employer Vice-President is Mr Severo Sousa of Panama.

The conference took place in Panama City, Panama from the 2 – 5 October 2018 with discussions surrounding the Report of the ILO Director General “Preparing the Future of Work We Want in the Americas Through Social Dialogue”. In the introduction of the Report, the Director General stated “The discussion on the future of work is part of the times in which we are living. Profound and rapid changes are generating transformations that directly impact labour markets and this leads to anxiety and to doubts about the future: what will happen to the jobs of the future? Where will our children work? … And their children?

2. The 19th American Regional Meeting takes place in Panama at a time when discussion and reflection on these transformations are occurring throughout the world. And the ILO has taken a leadership role in addressing this issue through an initiative on the future of work. 3. In pursuit of this reflection, a Global Commission on the Future of Work, convened last year by the ILO, will present its report next year, clarifying the strategies and directions we need to take in order to create the future of work we want, based on the premise that the destination has yet to be written and that we can bring our influence to bear in order to mitigate its negative impacts and make better use of the opportunities it provides. 4. Latin America and the Caribbean are not exempt from these concerns nor are the United States and Canada”.

A number of thematic plenary sittings were held: the first being Preparing the future of work we want: Policies for sustainable, productive development for sustained and inclusive growth, with more and better decent jobs. The second Preparing the future of work we want: Policies to promote the transition from the informal to the formal economy and to respond to accelerating technological change and to diverse forms of employment. The third was Preparing the future of work we want: Measures and policies to strengthen and redesign institutions in the world of work, including social security, and to ensure that trade union and labour rights are fully upheld and the Fourth Preparing the future of work we want: The digital economy and labour skills and competencies

The Regional Conference of the Americas takes place every four years

IUF International Fast Food Workers' Meeting
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:04

Comrade Dwaine Paul, Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (B.W.U.) is among the delegates of the affiliates of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF), who are attending the IUF International Fast Food Workers’ meeting, which began in London on Tuesday, 2 October.

In recent years, activities from IUF affiliates have taken place in solidarity and support of a growing number of fast food workers fighting for their rights and decent wages and conditions. Thousands of fast food workers in several countries have joined the three International Fast Food Workers’ Days, and participated in a variety of actions including leafleting, demonstrations and strikes. Global protests have been organised to demand the right to join or form a union, to highlight poor working conditions and wage theft, zero-hour contracts, low wages and precarious employment. The Fifth International Fast Food Workers’ Day is planned for Thursday, 4 October, which, incidentally, is the 77th anniversary of the B.W.U.

The elaboration of a broader strategy than can unite and strengthen fast food workers and the unions that increasingly represent them is among a strategic programme planned by the IUF for the next five years. The programme will also deal with the following issues:

  • explore with affiliates the potential value of company-specific networks of union representatives to share knowledge and any progress establishing union membership and collective bargaining processes in those companies;
  • enhancing the international fast food workers network amongst affiliates active within the sector and strengthen regular communications amongst these affiliates;
  • deepen research on key fast food companies and enhance the degree to which the research is shared and understood amongst affiliates;
  • continue to map union activity and engagement in the sector world-wide;
  • strengthen our capacity for collective and concrete solidarity action in support of fast food workers facing rights abuses in the sector; and
  • continuing to expand the footprint and visibility of the international struggle of fast food workers around the world.

The IUF is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages, hotels, restaurants and catering services, all stages of tobacco processing and is composed of 416 affiliated trade unions in 128 countries representing over 10 million workers.




BWU Members' Appreciation Day
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:00

As part of the activities to mark its 77th anniversary on Thursday, October 4, the Barbados Workers’ Union will be organising the annual Members’ Appreciation Day at Union headquarters, “Solidarity House”, Harmony Hall, St. Michael, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The annual Schools’ Outreach seminar/workshop for students of secondary schools, which will be a key part of the day’s programme, has been designed to prepare students for the world of work and will deal with issues such as interviewing techniques and the Social Media: their effects on the school and personal life. Ten workers, representing affiliates of the Caribbean Congress of Labour, are among the thirty-one young workers who are attending a seminar/workshop at the Frank Walcott Labour College, will participate in the programme.

The outreach programme is open to the public and will consist of activities such as HIV testing, mini manicures, pedicures as well as make-up demonstrations.

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