The journey of the trade unions in Barbados will be the focus of a heritage march on Sunday, September 18, entitled Labour Marches On.
The event, which is being hosted by the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations Secretariat, is a tribute to those freedom fighters who made a significant contribution to the development of the labour movement.
Pointing out that staging an event of this nature was necessary as the island prepares to move forward into another 50 years of Independence, Permanent Secretary, Special Assignment, Gabrielle Springer, noted that the 50th Anniversary of Independence was not only a time for celebration and partying but a time for reflection.
“This year marks a significant milestone in the history of Barbados and it presents us with an opportunity to highlight the work and contribution of our forefathers who strived to uplift and develop our nation. Therefore, similarly to other events which have taken place within the year of celebrations, the Coordinating Committee of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations thought it would be fitting to honour former leaders who made their mark in the development of Barbados’ labour landscape,” the Permanent Secretary outlined.
The heritage march will commence at the Sir Frank Walcott statue, Culloden Road, St. Michael, with a brief ceremony beginning at 3:00 p.m. and the laying of wreaths in memory of our former trade unionists.
At 4:00 p.m., the procession, led by Historian, Morris Greenidge and Ambassador Robert “Bobby” Morris, will then travel along Culloden Road, making stops at Culloden Farm; the building of the Barbados Nurses Association; Enmore; John Beckles Drive; the corner of Nelson and Fairchild Street; Heroes Square and Unity House on Roebuck Street. During those stops, persons in attendance will be treated to a wealth of information and reenactments of significant moments in the history of the labour movement.
It will culminate at Queen’s Park, The City, where speeches from our former labour leaders will be brought to life by local actors, while Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, along with representatives of some of the island’s trade unions, will deliver remarks. A cultural presentation by some of the island’s talented performers will bring the evening to a close.