The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) is disassociating itself from a planned islandwide sick-out on Wednesday.
The BWU says one of their videos is being used alongside the message promoting the sick-out, but it “has no connection, knowledge, or involvement in any planned sick out, nor has our Executive Council endorsed or promoted such action”.
The statement also said: “We strongly condemn any attempt to associate the BWU with actions that we have not sanctioned, and we urge all concerned parties to dismiss these erroneous and misleading associations.”
The full statement follows:
It has come to the attention of the Executive Council of the BWU that there are messages circulating within the public domain regarding a planned island-wide sick out on Wednesday. Alongside these messages, a video produced by the BWU, celebrating two significant holidays for our workers, has also been making the rounds.
We want to be unequivocal, forceful, and absolutely clear on this matter: The Barbados Workers’ Union has no connection, knowledge, or involvement in any planned sick out, nor has our Executive Council endorsed or promoted such action.
The video that has been circulated, while authentic and produced by the BWU, is strictly a celebratory piece for the holidays and must not be misinterpreted or linked with the rumours regarding industrial action. The two are in no way connected.
We strongly condemn any attempt to associate the BWU with actions that we have not sanctioned, and we urge all concerned parties to dismiss these erroneous and misleading associations.
The BWU continues to stand firmly by its principles of promoting workers’ rights and welfare, and we operate transparently and responsibly in all our actions. Anyone seeking clarity or having any concerns regarding our stance or activities is welcome to contact us directly.
Let us all remain committed to truth, understanding, and cooperation. (PR/SAT)