by Larry Smith
Union leader Robert Farquarson has raised the spectre of a general strike for the first time in 50 years, in a bid to derail privatisation plans for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company.
Workers blocked Bay Street and engaged in noisy demonstrations to register their concern over the privatisation process. BTC is the first public corporation to be put on the chopping block - although it has taken a decade for the axe to fall.
The threat of a national walk-out by some 45,000 union members was meant to invoke memories of the 1958 general strike, which shut New Providence down for almost three weeks. So it is worth taking a look at what happened then.
Sir Clifford Darling's 2002 book, A Bahamian Life Story, provides most of the background necessary to form an appreciation. In addition to his personal perspective as a strike leader, the book features secret reports by the colonial authorities, as well as contemporary newspaper accounts.