The work of trade union legend, Sir Frank Walcott, will be examined when the University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Continuing Studies (Barbados) and the Hugh Lawson-Shearer Trade Union Institute of Mona, Jamaica, host a “Frank Walcott Symposium” at the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Solidarity House, this weekend.
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is being held in collaboration with the BWU. It begins this Sunday, September 16 and will continue until Tuesday, September 18. Papers will be presented from 8:30 a.m. each day.
Speakers will include Professor Hilary Beckles; Professor Andrew Downes; Dr. Lawrence Nurse; Dr. Curtis Jacobs; and Mr. Robert Morris. There will also be presenters from other countries, including Grenada, Jamaica, U.S.A. and Canada.
Head and Resident Tutor of the UWI School of Continuing Studies, Ian Austin, said that “the symposium is the first of its kind in Barbados” and he has urged the public to attend, particularly tertiary level students.
“We will focus on the different aspects of trade unionism and the contributions of Sir Frank Walcott and how his work is informing and guiding us,” he said.