BLP Opposing Workers Rights

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

Not a day has passed that the Government has not been pilloried for its management of this country. That in itself might not be a bad thing because it would serve to keep them on their toes, instead it has made them paranoid. However, that level of pillorying has become the norm to the extent that they are being criticised for doing something positive.

They have introduced the Employment Rights Bill to Parliament and are being condemned by, of all people, a labour party whose foundation was to secure the rights of the labouring masses. If you pass St. Michael’s Row and hear a rumbling sound that would be the Right Excellent Grantley Adams turning in his grave. This is not to say that the Employment Rights Bill is perfect, but it is a step in the right direction.

In opposing this bill, it would appear that the Barbados Labour Party is more interested in protecting the rights of the employer class, those with money, than they are in protecting the working class. Usually, I don’t listen to debates from the House of Assembly because I find that the level and content leave much to be desired. Nonetheless, I find myself in situations where I can’t help but to listen. Consequently, I was able to hear the Opposition complain that certain provisions were onerous, notwithstanding that those feared provisions already exist under other legislation. In essence they were not prepared and were complaining for the sake of complaining.

Also, they complained about the provisions for reinstatement in the case where employee is wrongfully terminated. The bill provides that the employee would be entitled to receive up to a year’s pay if the employer did not reinstate the worker. Rather than complain about the draconian nature of that provision; a true labour party would welcome it as a deterrent against unscrupulous employers who knowingly wrongfully dismiss workers, knowing full well that all they would be required to pay is the meagre amount provided under the Severance Payments Act. That is reminiscent of the time when a rich person would say to some unfortunate fellow that I would kick you and go to court and pay $10 for you. That provision only seeks to punish an employer for his wrongdoing. I hope that the Government would not succumb to calls for its removal. Rather than complain about this provision the Opposition should be urging employers not to wrongfully terminate workers so that it would not come into play.

I would like to go on record as complimenting the Minister of Labour and by extension the Government for taking the courageous step of bringing the legislation to Parliament. However, I would like to say to them that this Employment Rights Bill is a work in progress and would require adjustments as time goes on. I am not happy with the bill but I think that it is a step in the right direction.

0 thoughts on “BLP Opposing Workers Rights

  1. It was an interesting debate. To the DLP’s credit they amended the clause which gave the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) arbitrary power to enter the workplace to inspect – Although it must be said that it appears the CLO already has the power to do so under existing labour laws. It appears the government was on a mession to get this legislation through and it is the first time BU discerned a fairly aggressive tone in delivery by the PM and the AG.

  2. Work in Progress is definitely correct. There too many loop holes as Mia n Marshall being highlighting… needs to be debated more ..and amendments made…on the whole the effort is welcomed..
    What about the much spoken of Integrity Legislation ?..we need that too

  3. @ Onions the BLP feeling suckered punched and the only thing left for them to do is bellyache and complain. i say to the BLP go drink a healtyh dose of empsom salt after all it is an election year and the old issues sinking to the bottom of the barrel while the captain taking the ship in unchartered waters. “ALL ABOARD” like onions saying ” MOVING in the Right Direction!

  4. David

    Don’t compliment the Government for caving in on the right of the Chief Labour Officer to enter and inspect. I refer you to the Factories Act, which was passed in 1983 and came into force on March 1, 1984, particularly section 95 which provides that an inspector may enter, by day or by night, a factory or any part thereof, where he has reasonable cause to believe that any person is employed therein. How is that different from the similar provision of clause 5 of the Employment Rights Bill.

    David, if what you are saying is correct, this Government would be so inept that it allowed itself to be bullied into doing the wrong thing. Heaven help us!

    Oh, I see Onions is back!

  5. Caswell;

    I haven’t seen the new bill and my memory of the factories act is dim and fading but, just guessing, could it be that the CLO or his inspectors have the right under the factories act to enter any factory or part thereof while the Employment Rights bill may give him similar power to enter any factory or home or part thereof in Barbados where he believes that any person is employed? i.e. under this act the CLO or his inspectors may have the right to enter any house as well as factory in Barbados.

    Perhaps the Government recognized that tighter wording might have been necessary to obviate any possible abuse that might have resulted from improper implementation of that section.

  6. The DLP is “do as I say, but not as I do” party. How can the minister of Labour convince me about her integrity to defend workers in this country, while she is embroiled in a labour dispute with one of her employees?

  7. Admit that the bill is poorly written and needs some more work done on it. Because the BLP wants some tweeting of the bill means that they are against workers rights???

    Come on man, this is not fair, how could you say that after all that the BLP has done for workers in this country. I have more faith in the lawyers on the BLP side than neophytes like Adriel Brathwaite what the hell has he done to merit a QC) and Stephen Lashley. Dont talk about the PM, the most I have heard him speak about so many legal matters is since he is PM. Never heard much of him as a lawyer while he was unelected and very little when he was AG. So if the Bees want more work done on the bill, they are the opposition, they are supposed to point out the flaws to the government.

    Why should you have a problem, you are no lawyer.

  8. Caswell
    You must in that case also welcome back George Payne too, to political life. But alas it seems that cut-ass Irene is about to hand him has him losing his mind already.
    He is trying to make people believe that Sir Roy’s BWU is anti-BLP and pro-DLP. That may have been Sir Frank’s BWU but is certainly not Sir Roy’s. Think I wrong?
    Look at the last few years of Sandiford’s administration, look at the 14 yrs of Oseymour Arthur’s administration in which Sir T held down the country for him to have his way with it- setting up industrial crap for Owen too ride in at the last moment to save the day like some Lancelot. he even did it with a strike at Cable & Wireless the week in front the 2008 election, or thereabout.
    But most of all, look at the party passports of who the Sir has been hiring & promoting at the BWU for the last 10 years.
    George Payne should tell the Barbadian public if he wasn’t a member of the cabinet that agreed to knight him.
    Oh please, George Pain we not so dumb!

    • @Appolo

      Isn’t the CPO which is responsible for drafting the legislation?

      Is any piece of legislation ever perfect and will require amendments from time to time?

      Why did the BLP send it to committee when it was in power and never look back at it?

  9. I was in the office of high ranking hotelier when a copy of the ERB was delivered to him from the employers Assoc. and it had a yellow stickie on it with the words, “this bill is a threat to employers”.

  10. @Apollo
    Are you saying that only a lawyer can disern the appropiateness or readiness of a Bill? What about the technocrats who work to bring the bill to the house all with the relevant qualifications? You people make me laff with some of the “poor rakey excuses”you bring to BU in support of opposing for opposing sake or delaying tactics all because you guys believe all knowledge rest in “wunna “alone. Cant the same be said for some of the QCs in your camp? Because you have not sanctioned the awarding of these titles it is wrong? Give me a break. I’m fedup with this önly Blp is right in all and Dlp wrong in all mentality. AWAY WID DAT! Have you guys not learn your lesson yet. It was given since 2008.
    What is it that you meant tho? You need to be convinced by the MIn. Of Labor
    about integrity for this bill to pass??
    Who determines ëmbroiled in a dispute”? To be fair i believe you know there is more than 1 side to any story or are you too of the above mentioned mentality”we are gods(blp) all others are mere men?Please lift the level so that real topics as this bill can be debated. We the youth are calling for real debate on topics not character assasination ,belittleing and the infantile behavior you guys are know for stick to the moot.

    • @The Scout

      The issue with Suckoo and the PA is that that the PR should have been handled differently to preempt what is happening now. Even Mia admitted yesterday that the minister is not entirely to blame if at all.

    • David

      Don’t be sidetrack by the story about Minister Suckoo and her personal assistant: it is not as big as some people would have you believe. A minister of government does not employ anyone. A personal assistant to a minister is hired by the Cabinet Office on the recommendation of the particular minister, and can only be fired using the same process. It makes good political fodder when you see the Minister of Labour having labour problems, but it is nothing more. If the young lady is seeking compensation from her employer for what she thinks is wrongful dismissal; she should approach her employer, the Cabinet Secretary. But I digress: I prefer to be dealing with the Employment Rights Bill.

    • @Caswell

      That will be understood by those who take the time to be discerning but as can be seen by some of the comments which represent a wider view the matter should have been handled differently to preempt this nonsense.

      From all reports Byer Suckoo is a nice lady. We often forget that the discussion is in a political context.

  11. Have any of you considered the implications of this kind of legislation on productivity and the re-structuring of the economy?. Do you all think that the only employers in this country are big corporations and retailers? Have you thought about what this legislation will mean to small business, the so-called “engine of growth” of the economy? Do any of you deny the existence of unscrupulous employees? This is regressive legislation is using the stick instead of the carrot. It’s just another way to line the pockets of lawyers, but worse than that, it condemns the Barbados economy to stay in the past, without any hope for the future. Steupse!

    • Porter

      I call a spade a spade. I don’t see you jumping up when I am critical of the DLP. I have never supported them but when they attempt to do something positive I will not jump on to anybody’s bandwagon. As I said the bill is not perfect but it shows that the Government is at least attempting to do the right thing, and for that I give them credit.

  12. @ Caswell and David
    Re : minister Suckoo .
    But do you not consider that Miss Mottley , QC , the lawyer for the dismissed woman should have appreciated that the case could not have been brought against Mrs Suckoo ? how could she commit such a serious mistake ?

  13. BU agrees in large measure to what minister Inniss is saying. However we are mindful to the constituent he is seeking to solidify a position.

  14. It is quite clear to me that the DLP will lose the next election.
    One thing about BAJANS , they dont fret and keep noise about these things, they go on quietly and come election day they make their decisions count.
    I can feel it !
    I am hearing the signs: DLP Supporters saying that the PARTY will lose and DLP supporters saying that they will not be voting. When you hear this , you know–DEM GONE !!!

    What is surprising is that the PM don’t seem to understand this and actually thinks that he is doing a good job–huh !!!!
    The real people to blame are the MPs in the House who should really get rid of the PM but seem unable to do so. Therefore all of them will lose their deposits.

  15. @Just being objective

    The matter is not sub judice is it?

    But to your point he willingness to comment confirms this politically motivated.

  16. Why Porter…in all my weeks…..I have never heard you astute and correct….What have you indulged in last night ? Whatever or which ever bro….keep on it …well well…WRITING ALL ON THE WALL !

  17. “As I said the bill is not perfect”
    would the opposition not be failing in their duty if they do not comment on the imperfections of the bill or should they accept it lock stock and barrel in order not to be viewed as anti-worker?

    • Balance

      Then as you said the Opposition failed in its duty because they were not commenting
      On the imperfections of the bill. From what I heard, their arguments did not collide with one of the imperfections of the bill. They argued about things that were already law, mind you things that the BLP put on the books. It appeared to me, if no one else, that they had a vested interest in the bill not passing the House. They argued nonsense.

      If you want to be brutally honest, BWU is not interested in the bill passing either since it would force them to do things differently and they do not want to change their tried and tested tactics. Don’t you see that the only major union to come out in support of the bill is NUPW, and they did so for political reasons since it has nothing to do with the Public Service.

  18. Ac girl……Looks like the word not only on the street..ONE TERM…but pun the blog more and more nowadays….

  19. We can be so gullible sometimes. Last election I voted for the BLP. after careful review, if elections were called today I would vote for the DLP. They have not ran away from the major problems which confront this society. This is the worst global recession known to mankind and Barbados must be effected by it. yet still new housing programs have been rolled out (far surpassing what BLP did in times of plenty); education system remains in tact and free and accessible; healthcare works and works well and remains accesssible (much better than under BLP);

  20. The BLP is yet to offer one sustainable solution to the current problems in this society. Constant critizing the Govt of the day will not cut it.

    Most of my neighbours in old NHC units are no longer paying rent and some actually have title deeds to their properties. They children can get to school for free. During the holidays, I dont worry anymore about my children whereabouts – summer camps are there.

    let us be fair. The DLP has actually done well in these circumstances. Sure

  21. @bystander
    I agree with you. The truth is we all have one vote except for those who have the $$ to buy others but rest assured that not all votes are for sale and they must have alot $$ anyway!If honesty was applied
    i guess a lot of these bloggers would hide!

  22. I would like to ask you one idea or solution that came from the DLP prior to 2008. I doubt you ever voted for the BL,P you are a freeness lover.

    The giveaway of houses was a political ploy which has put the NHC in a serious financial hole.

    The free bus fares was another political ploy, I pass children on the road everyday, I go to town and come back up and they are still at the bus stops. There are not enough buses to get the children to school, the ones who have money end up on mini buses.

    As for the summer camps, where were children going all the years, my children went to our church camp for all their young years. The camps are a source of confusion every year and are just a way for DLP lackies to feed on the fatted calf.

    Had not for our NIS funds, this government would be fully in the hands of the IMF. When you come to retirement and cannot get a pension, that is if you have paid into it, you must remember this day when you said that the DLP has done a good job.

    Even hardcore Dems are admitting that their party has failed them. People out there are hurting and cannot find a job, cannot pay their bills or buy food for their families and you are saying the DLP is doing well. I am helping out a family where no one in the home is working and cannot find a job. You think they feel that the DLP is doing a good job when neither mother nor father can find a job and have a mortgage, bills to pay, food to buy and two children in university. You need to go out and hear the hardluck stories of real people who are SUFFERING.

  23. @ Pringles
    Now you really want to tiggle me….ask the folk of Deacons and Fiernihurst about elections last year..and the brown paper bags…that bought ….votes for and against the dumb souls…shall we see a repeat of these days…I hear cameras in wait…to catch the ‘duckies’ this time for ole time laughs…
    My advise …save the $$$ …feathered friends.

  24. Please forgive me “onions” but i cant remember elections last year! What did i tell you about being honest and checking for facts? Where is the credibility?? Oh dear dear not again!! Who can believe your postings really? BE HONEST!

  25. @ Prodigal
    I am helping out a family where no one in the home is working and cannot find a job. You think they feel that the DLP is doing a good job when
    neither mother nor father can find a job and have a mortgage, bills to pay, food to buy and two children in university.
    I feel your pain bro…sad thing these losers would like to retain the reigns..(as they so beg)……the poverty situation is REAL BU family….Bajans are known to suffer in quiet…..One ting doh..these D’s aint seeing another 5 yrs…..people got pride but they not dumb.Now they still got 6 months….and not a S#te happening ..but ‘looking backs’ and the blame game, for whats’ Comm.Inq.botched up Labor Legislation …something wrong everyday…..Don’t bother 6 months more ..hold on Breds….RESCUE REBUILD RESTORE.

  26. @ Pringles : Re elections last yr….people dun know a slip
    But I see you want to play Malvolio while people hungry for real….not the time nor the place chum…

  27. The DLP came to power during the global recession NOT before it started; the recession started back in late 2006 early 2007. to Owen Arthur’s credit, the one good thing I remember he did during that period is to warn Barbadians about it and advised them to start some backyard gardening to ease the food bill. Many Barbadian cried scorn on him for that advice and asked if he wants them to return to colonial days. The DLP offered sweets and the people, including me, went for it, I remember for the first two years of their governance, millions of dollars were spent on midnight independence parties at the Garrison; this was during the recession. We lived like there was no tomorrow, now we’re blaming the global recession for the millions of dollars we used to, according to the late DT, feed the DLP loyal supporters from the “fatted calf”. Now that the calf not fat anymore, the DLP is blaming everything and everybody, other than themselves for the demise we are in , even the thousands of dollars just spent trying to resurrect the late DT by hosting a DT football tiournament. Whatever happened to the planned DT cricket tournament? money run out? Let’s face it, the last government wasted a lot of money but that was during a different era, this government has wasted just as much money now during hard times. It is like workers enjoying themselves during the crop season years ago but whgen hard times came they retreat to a more sober way of life. The DLP did not learn that lesson and is now playing catch-up to try and convince the voting public that they are serious about governing this country. Most of what they are trying to do now was in their manifesto but they ignored it and now trying to at least do something. I’m looking for the Integrity Bill to be debated next; the P.M said it will come before the general elections, this was suppose to come within the first 100 days of being elected, the global recession cannot be blamed for it not coming.

    • @The Scout

      The global recession was precipitated by the Wall Street collapse of October 2007.

  28. Scout
    Great conceptualization of the hard to believe track record of this party’s performance post elections. What I would add as an essential short sight on Thompson’s part, way his heavy reliance on VAT COLLECTIONS to have remained STABLE or slightly grow even… to enable his gloried 100 days splendorous plans.
    You see VAT was the killer….. common sense should have told him …that in a recession Sales revenues would be FALLING…. hence INPUT VAT OUTPUT VAT collections as well.Not having accounted for these deficits ( which were huge by all accounts) created a sudden GAPING HOLE….awaking everybody overnight. THE PICNIC is over…..
    In came the HARSH austerity n hatched job measures…. chopping n collecting and.increasing Vat 2%…It was TOO LATE…the horse had bolted and could not be held back.

    Now we have the BLAME GAME….they will never admit..their mistakes of over spending…BUT guess what ac …it can be corrected……

  29. Well said, Scout.
    Here are more areas of extreme wastage: Rhianna concert in Independence Square, big parade, outfitting of clothes for Ryan Brathwaite’s family and concerts and motorcade, Loud Rhianna concert, fetes to launch youth forums and big consultancy fees to Dr Henry, summer camps, free bus fares, big fete to hand over a few keys at Six Roads, big reception to change name of roundabout at Six Roads, big reception to launch buildings at Valery, cost over runs at Warrens and two roundabouts at Coral Ridge and Frere Pilgrim (four years and none of them are done), 10 million dollars to CLICO, redesign of Marina, paying a supporter $39000.00 to repair each SSA truck, receptions at Illaro every month, big crop over reception whre there were more of their supporters than visitors etc etc……onions can add the rest.

  30. A REPLAY by the BLP yardfowls of the same ole issues! DREADLOCK! looks like rush hour in the morning new york style! moving but going nowhere.when wunna gonna realise that the sun is beginning to roll below the horizon on them ame ole drawn out issues . there are new issues on the table oh yardfowls taste and eat. leave the left overs for the vultures to pick on. O.k. ONIONS!

  31. The greatest issue is the suffering of the poor..the hunger being met out as we type….Bet if we were into the sexually enticing thread by you n cohorts..all would be lover-ly ….Like i said, I believe you have your priorities wrong…You can either be a politico or a sexologist….This ‘Ghettocratic’ ( new word for us boa) cannot cast favorable aspirations on either…so don’t look at me…PLEASE

  32. This Employment Rights Bill is a most backward outdated piece of legislation.

    This piece of legislation should have been passed many years ago, say,in the 1950s and 1960s, in the Parliament of this country, when the broad masses of workers needed esp. to be greater politically legally protected against the vestiges of the old planter/merchant class.

    But what a shame and disgrace that at this time in the twenty first century, this piece of obstructive obnoxious legislation is now being debated in the Parliament of this country.

    And look at the majority of persons inside and outside of Parliament who are supporting and applauding this bill?

    They are very mature people who perhaps many years ago saw part of their vision for Barbados as being the coming about, passage and proclamation of this very said bill.

    Such persons take false comfort in very tangential, minimalist empty victories – in this case of the coming aout of this bill, a pure legislative victory!!

    But, indeed, this bill does not empower and enfranchise workers in this country.

    This bill does not do anything to bring the masses and middle classes of workers out of this very politically exploitative and demeaning work culture/system in Barbados.

    It does nothing to revolutionize the positions and statuses of these persons in relationship to the political managerial employer classes in this country.

    It does nothing to make sure that such persons will become partners in partnership enterprises in the country; that they will become remunerated in profits; that they will have greater say in the direction in which the partnerships go, or that they will have access to all critical information affecting those partnership enterprises.

    What a shame and disgrace that this DLP Goverment has thought that, by bringing this old inept style of legislation to the Parliament of this country, it has done something ever so politically tremendous and grandiose, and for the workers in this country.

    What this legislation succeeds in doing is envisaging the further deepening and widening of the process of the exploitation marginalization and dispossession of those who are called workers in this country.

    What it also does is to make sure that these workers are in greater contention with and opposition to the political managerial employer classes.

    It envisages a deepening of the class society in Barbados.

    Shame on those people who think workers ought to remain for a very much longer time workers in this country.

    Shame on those who still believe that Trotskyism remains relevant in this juncture in our Barbadian history

    The People’s Democratic Congress condemns this Employment Right Bill as a most unworthy backward archaic piece of legislation.


  33. David
    Yes, the final collapse was in October 2007, but there was a build up to this that started either late 2006 or early 2007. I remember Owen warning bajans to conserve and go some backyard gardening and many of you laughed him to scorn. I still heard his cousin Benn asking or begging bajans to do the same thing when they then realise they were in trouble and many people then accepted the idea. Had they listened to Owen then, they would be better off now, no they listened to DT telling them Owen was in bed with the merchants, that’s why cost of living was increasing, hence his slogan COST of LIVING COST of LIVING COST of LIVING. Funny thing he didn’t say whether he was going to bring it down or send it up, we now know what happened to the COST of LIVING. WE are still awaiting the shipment of fruits and vegies from Dominica that was being loaded while DT was making his maiden speech as P.M.

  34. After four years of sailing to reach Barbados, when that shipment gets here they are going to smell real STINK, I hope he distribute them among the DLP as part of the fatted calf DT spoke of

  35. This comes as no surprise that the BLP would oppose worker’s rights. The Barbados Labour Party has never been in favour of the workers. That is simply not their focus. They can drop Labour from their name and rebrand as the Barbados Employers Federation.

    Under te BLP administration this legislation would not see the light of day. Realistically if persons would take the time to read the proposed bill they would find that there is nothing in it which is out of the ordinary. Alot of the provisions in the bill are in practice throughout organisations in Barbados. They are accepted as custom. However we cannot live in a vacuum and expect that every employer would continue to embrace the customs that we have grown to expect. That is why it is necessary to make them into the law.

    If we are heading for develop nation status such legislation is needed. This would help to create a more harmonious working environment. No need to see the legislation as a threat it is a guide.

    Don’t be fooled by the silly politics of the Barbados Labour Party. The legislation would make working conditions better for employees and employers.

  36. The People’s Democratic Congress condemns this Employment Right Bill as a most unworthy backward archaic piece of legislation

    most of your comments are true. pdc, join me in campaigning for new system og governance where parliament will regain its rightful role as guardians of our heritage and craftsman of our fate.

  37. ‘Under te BLP administration this legislation would not see the light of day’

    the legislative records would indicate that the BLP has introduced the most pro-worker legislation than any political party in caribbean history.

  38. The passing of the Barbados Workers’ Compensation Act and the creation of a Wages Board and Labour Movement are attributed to the efforts of Sir Grantley and his peers, as is the introduction of minimum wage legislation, improved working conditions and benefits which were secured for various categories of workers, including plantation and industrial workers.

  39. Sir Grantley, the centenary of whose birthday fell on April 28, 1998, along with his early colleagues fought for better social and economic conditions for the working class and enacted important pieces of legislation. These included the Workmen’s Compensation Act, the Wages Board Act and the Labour Department Act. But the most significant piece of legislation was the Representation of the People Act in 1950 which gave all adult Barbadians the right to vote

  40. Among many improvements was the development of roads and housing. The Barbados Labour Party also reformed the island’s education system, established Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, provided greater educational opportunities and started the process of free secondary education with the building of modern secondary schools.

    not supporting any party in particular but just providing a little balance.

  41. Hear Hear balance……not supporting any party ?….OSA and the BLP all the way don’t mind simpletons like Optimun..who come in here unprepared and without facts..talking about BLP don’t support labour..What a laugh.Our party cut teeth on the support for the working class and adult suffrage….Why send these school boys like Cardboard, Pringles and now who Opium to do a man job ?….They should be in school and not making aspersions, they don’t understand or know anything about.
    But what you expect coming from a party that don’t understand the simulation of landlord #1…handing over affairs to landlord #2..and the idea of Govt being a continuum…..Whoever is current pays bills with current taxes ….if you are unable..”hand over ” !..Simple

  42. Balance

    You are correct with regard to the amount of labour legislation that was placed on the books by the BLP, but that would have been the BLP of Grantley and Tom Adams era. Just like the Barrow DLP cannot be recognised from among this crop; the BLP is far different from what it was back then. I will not even use the word seem: I can boldly say that the BLP of today has lost its way and is a labour party in name only. It needs to get back to its roots if Arthur and or Mottley remember where they buried them.

  43. Porter | May 10, 2012 at 7:48 AM |
    The DLP is a Wreck
    Captain , the ship has sunk

    Really…..wait until the Anti Corruption Bill comes to the House.

    Wait and see if Owen Arthur will turn up !

  44. After all of what you balance have said to think that the BLP had many years to build on a foundation which Sir Grantley had started for or employees rights with such leagalisation but instead wasted 14 years of doing very little in the area of strengthing the new legislation which there are admantly opposing by the DLP

  45. For a party that gave back workers their 8% salary cut that Sandie stole from them and moved the unemployment figure from 25% down to 8%, no wonder this BLP government cared nothing about LABOUR. Shame on you DLP yardfowls.

  46. bro franklyn – your comments seem to suggest that you agree with me that political institutions have outlived their usefulness. why not use your skills of articulation to join me in trying to formulate a new system of governance? these parties nowadays do not have any philosophy other than to hang on to the coattails of mr barrow and sir grantley and to a lesser extent mr tom adams whose Tenantries Freehold Purchase Act would probably go down as the greatest piece of social legislation on the statute books of Barbados. Ownership of land is wealth and power and that legislation has empowered overnight a vast majority of barbadians and redistributed wealth without having to resort to violent means.

  47. @ balance
    Are you aware that the DLP amended the original Tenantries Act and in doing so disadvantaged a large segment of the population? Do you also know that it was amended by Owen to include non-plantation tenantries?

  48. I only heard a short exerpt of the contribution of Senator Kerrie Symmonds in the Senate on the Employment Rights Bill during the CBC Evening News. I must congratulate him. Until he spoke and especially after hearing Mia Mottley, I was the impression that the BLP has lost its way. I could not believe that she was fighting so hard to deny enhanced conditions for workers in this country. I don’t believe that the workers in this country could be so blind as to actually go to the polls and vote for someone who obviously don’t care about them. She has shown her true colours, she really fought for the rights of the employers, maybe they should vote for her and the workers should vote for someone who has their interests at heart.

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