NUPW continuing to fight for workers
President of the National Union of Public Workers Akanni McDowall.
President of the National Union of Public Workers Akanni McDowall, says notwithstanding workers in the public sector's fight for a pay increase, the union has still been able to secure progress on a number of issues.
He highlighted such areas where they have had success as the appointment of workers, as well as safety and health related matters.
McDowall noted that the public support shown for workers protecting their long-term wellness, is a sign that Barbadians generally understand that public servants must not be subjected to ill-health and death just to carry out their duties.
As the union joined others in the labour movement yesterday to celebrate May Day, McDowall told Loop News that the activities which triggered the celebration of May Day reach as far back as workers' protests in the 1800s:
“Travel through all the intervening time and years and workers have been busy trying to maintain the balance between offering their skills and time to employers in exchange for the resources they need to buy food and secure shelter.”
He said the willingness of persons to recognize this year's May Day celebration is such because of a renewed hope and belief in the union movement and the strength of solidarity.
“Long live the tenacity, drive and willingness of workers to strive for their betterment in solidarity,” was his well wishes to all workers.
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