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70th Anniversary of the Caribbean Labour Congress/Barbados Conference
Friday, 25 September 2015 15:17

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the convening of the Inaugural Conference of the Caribbean Labour Congress, at Harrison College under the chairmanship of Grantley Adams (now Rt. Excellent), who held the dual posts of President of the Barbados Progressive League and President of the Barbados Workers’ Union. The League and the Union were joint hosts of the conference, held from September 17 to 27, 1945, the same year that Frank Walcott (now Rt. Excellent Sir Frank) was employed by the Barbados Workers’ Union as assistant to the General Secretary.

Employment Rights Tribunal Hearing
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

The hearing of claims of unfair dismissals by workers, employed by the National Conservation Commission will take place before the Employment Rights Tribunal at The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre of Wednesday, September 30. During the months following the dismissal of the workers, last year, the Barbados Workers’ Union expressed disgust at the long wait by the workers to be heard before the Commission. Today, B.W.U. General Secretary, Toni Moore gives the Union’s reaction to the news. 

Click here for the recording of the Union's reaction.

The Impact of NCDS on Health in Barbados
Friday, 21 August 2015 09:18

The Barbados Workers’ Union intends to redouble its efforts in the coming months in the fight against non-communicable diseases, by working more closely with the NCD Commission in Barbados and other stakeholders. The Executive Council has proposed a resolution on NCDs for discussion at the forthcoming 74th Annual Delegates’ Conference which is calling on the Government of Barbados and the business community and civil society as a whole to ensure that health and safety in the workplace and wellness of employees are given the paramountcy of attention which is required using whatever means of communication which may be deemed expedient and beneficial.

In Barbados eight of the top ten causes of death are from NCDs and around 15% of all deaths from NCDs in Barbados are premature, i.e. occur in those under 70 years. One in four Barbadian adults has at least one chronic disease and this is expected to increase to one in three by 20125. Excluding maternal and childe health visits, 80% of visits to the eight Ministry of Health polyclinics are for NCDs.

NCDs now threaten Barbados’ socio-economic development. In Barbados, hypertension and diabetes care and treatment contribute to 5% of the GDP. Expenditure on health care Barbados indicates: (1) diabetes (direct $69,810,744, indirect $5,791,532 and total $75,602,320) and (11) hypertension (direct $101,666,320, indirect $43,645,734 and total $145,312,054).

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