Caswell Franklyn UWU: unlike other unions I follow directions

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Caswell Franklyn UWU: unlike other unions I follow directions

General Secretary of the Unity Workers’ Union (UWU) Caswell Franklyn is open to discussions with Prime Minister Mia Mottley regarding the ongoing strike by nurses now her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has been re-elected to office, but says the healthcare workers will remain off the job until their issues are resolved.

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Although stressing that the Director-General, Human Resources, in the Ministry of the Public Service holds responsibility for dealing with industrial relations in the public service, he told Barbados TODAY he would be willing to attend a meeting with the Prime Minister if the opportunity arises.

“If the Prime Minister puts herself in a meeting, I would be a fool to say I wouldn’t be meeting with her. I am saying she shouldn’t be there but if she comes, I would meet with her,” Franklyn said.

The nurses, who have been engaged in industrial action for almost two months, are demanding better working conditions and contractual arrangements.

Caswell Franklyn said the UWU nurses’ committee will host a press conference on Tuesday to speak about the way forward.

“People think that this is Caswell Franklyn pushing something but I am just a servant. I follow directions and, unlike other unions, I do not make decisions on behalf of the workers. The workers make decisions and I try to comply with their wishes,” the trade union leader said.

“This is now going on eight weeks that they are on strike. You really believe that if I had called nurses out on an eight-week strike, you think they would come out? They decided that they were coming out and they couldn’t do it without the blessing of the union, and it is as simple as that.

“As a matter of fact, we got people from every political camp … so it is not a political issue, this is an issue dealing with their livelihood, their profession, their career,” Franklyn added

Franklyn willing to talk with PM  Barbados Today


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