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The Bahamas In Transition # 6
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The Bahamas In Transition # 6

Sir Roland Symonette

Between the years 1955 - 1964, he was the leader of the United Bahamian Party . In 1964 Sir Roland achieved, autonomy from Britain and became the first Premier of the Bahamas. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1959, and in remembrance for his service an image of his likeness is on our fifty dollar bill.

Sir Stafford Sands

A Bahamian economist who served as finance minister in the United Bahamian Party, was best described as the architect of the economic developement of the Bahamas main industry, Tourism and Banking.

Its believed by some that he was a racist because, after the United Bahamian Party lost the election, to the Progressive Liberal Party, he left the Bahamas and said, he will never return, he died in 1972 at his London residence. His image is on our paper $10.00 currency.

The General Strike of 1958

The Bahamas Taxi Drivers Union and the Tour Bus Companies were in a dispute about the preferential treatment given to bus companies. They agreed on nineteen of the twenty points, but on the last point there was no compromise.

The tour companies rejected the call up system to transport surplus passengers, preferring to use taxi of their choosing.. The union could not agree to this.

The Governor named a three person tribunal, to settle the outstanding point. But the Taxi Drivers objected to the persons appointed, and requested a commission inquiry instead.

But before the proposal could be considered by the Governor, the union called for a strike by the hotel workers. It was during that time, the new Meter Taxi Cab firm, owned by Bobby Symonette , had created complaints of monopoly by the taxi drivers. He was one of the rich bay street boys, and the son of Sir Roland Symonette, the leader of the United Bahamian Party.

This act outraged the taxi drivers, and with about two hundred of them, under the leadership of Clifford Darling blocked the airport, forcing flights to cancel. The police tried to remove them but were unsuccessful, which resulted in over thirty charged with assault, obstruction and disorderly behavior.

Randolph Fawkes who was president of the Bahamas Federation of Labour, Lynden Pindling, leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) , and Clifford Darling, president of the Taxi Drivers Union, led a 17 day General Strike that sparked a blockade at the airport and a strike at the various hotels, that brought the country to a stand still.


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Thanks for your comment Cynthia.

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  about 1 decade ago

It's always sad when people are not willing to stick it out, talking things through to something win/win/win all round. Thanks for sharing. It is my hope that going forward unions and companies will be willing to work toward something BETTER for the customer and thereby better for all so that growth can provide for better filling of conditions and pockets all around. That feels like a way to get the economy jolted into growth mode. Bigger and better pies rather than how to cut a small pie, so to speak. That said, my grandfather was a union guy back when he and his friends set in place the whole concept of vacations. That sure helped everyone... wish there were better things than vacations that we could come up with so that EVERYONE benefits and wins. Sigh. 'Tis restart reboot time for me but surely 'tis time for the whole wide world too. Queen Elizabeth! I remember when she went by with Lord Mountbatten when I was living in London as a kid. That was an exiting special parade;) Know there's more to all stories but that's how I remember her name. Though the Olympics kick off was surely more exciting of an appearance, being mere feet from her was quite memorable for me... thanks for memories from just a few words ...

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