Ministry of Education Summons BSTU To Hastily Arranged Meeting Which Provoked ‘The Letter’

Laurie King, Chief Education Officer

As promised BU produces the letter in its original form which the BSTU sent to the Chief Education Officer arising from a ‘secret meeting’ under his chairmanship. It does not matter how anyone tries to interpret the letter, to any competent person (counsel), the threat and inference is crystal clear. If one compares what is stated in the last paragraph of the letter attached to what was reported in the Nation today, “BSTU first vice-president Erskine Padmore said again yesterday that his members would resume work as scheduled pending the findings of the Waterman Commission Of Inquiry, set up to look into affairs at The Alexandra School.” The BU family can draw one sensible conclusion.

Can anyone explain anyway why the Chief Education Officer Laurie King held a secret meeting with the BSTU immediately following the COI – at a cost of $600,000.00 – which was expressly established to to make the AX Mess a transparent affair? Let us forget about the decision by Commissioner Waterman to hold the COI summations of counsel in camera.

BU raises AGAIN the question of conflict of interest by Keith Simmons, a member of the Public Service Commission – employer of those employed at Alexandra School – and also the chairman of the management committee of Alexandra School. When it was suggested to him by counsel that he was in conflict of interest in holding both those posts, he replied that he was not and if a conflict arose, he would recuse himself from one or the other. Why can’t he see his roles as being improper and that by holding both posts and being privy to confidential information from both, he is in conflict of interest? What manner of lawyer is entitled to wear silk in Barbados again?

  • See letter sent to Chief Education Officer Parts 1,2

The other issue about the Commission of Inquiry which bears close study is to examine its remit, i.e. to investigate matters that occurred in 2011 (a) the refusal of Amaida Greaves to teach for a long period of time; (b) the letter from the Principal complaining of this; and (c) the conduct of the Principal at Speech Day. For some reason best known to Commissioner Waterman the CIO directed itself to investigate a matter since 2002 by introducing a document (transcript) which is highly suspect based on information posted by BU.

BU ask Commissioner Waterman AGAIN why has the COI not produced the transcripts for the last 7 days of the hearing, which covers the matter of interest to Bajans? The matter about which our Fourth Estate went dark. The matter which raises the occurrence of perjury.

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  1. bush tea
    ac is clueless …PERIOD

    Thank God for the full stop. because it comes in handy when persons like bush tea has nothing to say in this case i would pefer to use the EXCLAMATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Just tellin Just Asking,

    “the school now had ten new teachers and most of last week was spent getting on the same page. The teaching staff has gone through a notable transition since three teachers were assigned to other schools, another two retired from the teaching service, having applied to do so before the school year commenced, and two were on long leave.”

    Yuh see Just Asking? just be patient and eventually…………..

    doan fuget de blog belong to David doh an he callin de shots.


  3. @ Hants
    To close the saga pro tempore can you state the names of the two transferred teachers and the schools to which transferred?Secondly,the names of the two retirees?


  4. T-minus one day and counting!

    Remember David that this young lady is Broomes’ cousin’s girlfriend.

    Interesting days ahead 🙂

    Just observing


  5. The following appears on the BSTU website. The language makes one wonder:

    The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union has instructed (not ordered) its members of staff at the Alexandra School to resume teaching duties with immediate effect. The Union will have written all the agents of the employer superior to the Principal advising them of this decision and indicating a stated expectation that all those agents will act so as to ensure there is no victimization, recrimination or other form of work place abuse, so that the teachers can perform their professional obligations in an environment conducive to teaching and learning. The Union’s letter also cautions that if there are any lapses in the practices required by the Government, as the model employer in labour management relations, then these will be met by an appropriate response. The Union wishes to make it abundantly clear, given its professional and trade union obligations, that its decision has been made entirely in the context of all that is implicit in the public announcement by the Prime Minister to the setting up of a Commission of Enquiry into all matters at the Alexandra School. Most important of these is the expectation, in keeping with what has been best practice and following our discussion, that the Principal of that institution will be sent on leave with full pay when the warrant establishing said Commission is issued. The union shall expect therefore that the agents of the employer will prepare in advance for this. We have made this decision to return, notwithstanding the absence of certain specific and relevant details in relation to a time-frame, from a position of trust in the office of the Prime Minister and with the assurance that he will act in the best interest of that statement of policy and of this country. The resumption of work is therefore being undertaken by this trade union, yet gain, as an act of good faith in the negotiating exercise.

    The Union’s membership at Alexandra is conscious of its professional commitments to students, their parents and to the school itself, a fact which was publicly recognized, on more than one occasion, by the Prime Minister. This, along with a known increase of pressure on both students and parents alike in this examination term, has also played a major role in our decision. The industrial action taken by the Union was not intended to, in anyway disadvantage the school, but to bring sobriety and sanity out of the existing irreparably fractured situation that causes pain and suffering to those there. The Union abhors the time which has been permitted to elapse before any definitive attempt has been made to address the serious problems at the school. We are fully satisfied that senior public officers and successive Public Service Commissions, responsible individually and collectively in law for the administration of employment practices at the Alexandra School, including the industrial relations aspect, have for years allowed an untenable situation first to develop and then to fester. This has occurred under successive political administrations. Nothing that the Union has done has been driven by party-political politics and we have no intention of being drawn into any party political debate and divide. The Union offers the assurance that it proposes to cooperate fully with the process of enquiry and reposes confidence in that process. We fully expect that Commission both to vindicate the teachers and to produce recommendations for the Cabinet which we expect to be enacted with the priority that has previously NOT been given to the importance of the teaching/learning environment that the teachers there have always known should exist. Moreover, as expected in such matters the Union shall respect the circumstances and shall seek to keep out of the limelight on that aspect of the issue. We are expecting that similar instruction will be given to the Principal by his employers. The members of the BSTU have, without prejudice, resumed work today, and we hereby clarify that some of our members had been released, since last week, to undertake CXC oral examinations and other duties.Regrettably, when we did this earlier it did NOT mean that the Principal would discontinue acts of discrimination, mismanagement and workplace abuse. The teachers will however continue to work professionally while awaiting the expeditious establishment of the Commission of Inquiry. In these specific circumstances, the Prime Minister has publicly recognized the difficult environment in which they work and has validated their several complaints about it. The Union is therefore expecting that the PM will, with haste, provide substance to the generalities of his policy statement to this Union and the nation.
    http://www.bstu.org/bstu_page7.html


  6. David;

    re. the extract from the BSTU page above, evidently partly written soon after the establishment of the COI, I can only say

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

    They are actually putting in writing the claim, as we all knew from his pronouncements, that the PM had given certain assurances to BSTU, to be implemented on the setting up of the Commission.

    Since they fully expected action to have been taken to have Broomes separated it begs the question was the Commission truly a mechanism to justify a fait accompli?

    Does the publication of this note on their web page suggest that things are not going exactly the way they had hoped?

    Can we expect that the Commissioner’s report will be even handed and just?

    This blog, that suggested that the Union was rattling sabres during and after the meeting with the CEO of the MOE, seems to have been fully vindicated out of their own mouths as well as that the PM might not have been acting as a typical honest broker in this case.

    WOW again!!

    dat report gine be earth shaking in more ways than one.


    • @checkit-out

      Did you read They have “instructed (not ordered)”. What is the difference?

      It would have been too much to expect in 2012 that the report would have been transferred (FTP) to a government secure server and permissions granted to those who have to read it first. Instead it has to be bound in the fine tradition of medieval times.


  7. Trade unions will have to be brought under control.Teachers,transport board,disciplined services,hospital,airport and seaport staff and all those essential services must have minimum standards to meet before labour can be withdrawn.The populace must be protected from union power.It’s too big,too loose,too evasive and must be brought under control by an Industrial Act.No union will like it; there must be central control by the elected government


  8. David; Re. Instructed vs ordered; As far as I am aware, the Union has no power to order teachers to do anything. Similarly they can instruct but by themselves have no power to realistically sanction the teachers if they do not follow the instructions. The words essentially have the same meaning in the context given.

    Just my opinion. Caswell should have a better take on it.

    Re. the modernisation of the transmission of information, what do you expect from a judge and a lawyer who often doesn’t read conventional paper documents? operating in a decadent system? I suspect that if the info was presented on the internet all the official recipients would only read it if their secretaries printed out the document.


  9. @David
    @ Checkit-Out | September 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    “Instructed” and “ordered” in this context both mean the same thing and, with respect, I certainly don’t need Casewell (or anyone else) to rule on that for me. The word this illiterate union was looking for and should have used (and there is a choice) was “requested” or “advised”. But why should they, representing as they do teachers of our young, bother to get something as mundane as language right.

    I have long thought that the report from the COI was written (or at least drafted) even before the COI was convened. It seemed to me that in the course of the hearing, every effort was made by the Commissioner and the Fourth Estate to follow a pre-determined course leading to a pre-determined outcome.

    It seemed to me that “spin doctors” had been involved to deal with the now critical threat of the blogs. Not the best or even professional spin doctors, of course, because officialdom still clings desperately to the myth that the blogs don’t matter and no one reads them. But this blog has been widely read and discussed by all, as it has produced documents and information carefully edited out of the newspaper reports……explosive documents and information. And only a group of people so far removed from reality that they exist in a world of fantasy could possibly imagine that the average Bajan’s instinct towards gossip has gone dormant on this issue.

    Therefore, citing 3 days of holiday as the excuse, the report was delayed for 21 days. If government had wanted a believable excuse, it would have made more sense to say that the Commissioner was accustomed to the judicial delay and sloth of the bench he has so recently retired from and needed to get up to speed on how things are managed in the real world. They might even have said that the evidence was unexpected and needed more careful scrutiny before a report could be formulated. OR, the likely truth – that the report already drafted would no longer do the job and they had to re-write. But, with typical Barbados-governmental disdain for the electorate that put them into office, the government cited three days of holiday.

    And I agree with David and would be most interested to know why this report was not produced in electronic form and made generally available to the PUBLIC, since this was a PUBLIC hearing, except for the totally unacceptable and disgraceful in camera hearing of closing statements. I do not believe that even counsel involved have seen the report. And I am dismayed that after a delay of three weeks to compensate for, allegedly, three days lost in holidays, we, who have paid well over $600,000 for this Commission and report and whose children and grandchildren are directly affected by this report, have no clue what this report actually says.


  10. “Instructed and ordered”
    There is a difference.

    The gun is loaded and the safety catch is on, but you can “guess” who is in the cross-hairs. There are as many secrets yet to be told, as there are threats to be backed-up.


  11. Yardbroom.
    There is a difference but in what context?
    Wonder if the report and the manner of its provenance might turn out to be designed to conceal a few secrets.


  12. Hi Checkit-out”,
    in “context” there is more force in ordered, as to disobey that “firm Union directive” would be to go against the Union with all that implies. In context instructed sets out the Union’s position, but there is more freedom for the individual to act.
    That is the way I see it anyhow.


    • @Yardbroom

      To discuss context, if we accept that a trade union speaks for its members in instances of industrial disputes then to instruct or order becomes immaterial.


  13. Yardbroom;
    Semantically, “instructed” is just a method or conduit for relaying a directive or an order. (PS’ and Senior Public Servants do it all the time to buffer themselves from any fallout from the action implicit in the instructions – many public servants will know the phrase “I have been instructed” implying someone else made the order. Thus “instructed” is part and parcel of the ultimate action ensuing from the instruction. The instruction is therefore a necessary part of the order as the order has to be communicated to the persons carrying out the order through the instructions. Therefore the Union might be actually saying that it is only suggesting a particular action, not ordering it. It was therefore perhaps seeking to provide itself an excuse for if the Teachers went ahead with an action which it later intended to dissociate itself from.

    Amused’s prescription of “advised” would have been much clearer and better and would have adequately fullfilled the Union’s objectives.

    Anyhow, it really doesn’t matter very much now as it will only inform the public re. the solid and steady transigence of the union in this matter, whatever the consequences.

    Will await the publication of the whole or part of the COI with great interest.


  14. @ David
    Sometimes a Union in an Industrial Dispute speaks with a” forked tongue” because of Legal ramifications if they are seen to be giving directions as Union Policy, which they are legally restrained from doing. I am not saying that is the case here but such a situation often arises.

    A lot depends on the area concerned, in the Military a soldier might refuse a command – which he should not do – but then he could be told: “I am giving you a direct order”, the stakes immediately become higher and he will know that.
    — – – – – – – – – –

    Hi Checkit-out
    I take on board the comments of Amused you have high-lighted. . . . . which have given clarity. I focused on what was actually written.


  15. @Amused
    I have long thought that the report from the COI was written (or at least drafted) even before the COI was convened. It seemed to me that in the course of the hearing, every effort was made by the Commissioner and the Fourth Estate to follow a pre-determined course leading to a pre-determined outcome
    **********
    Seems like you are bracing for some disappointing news then you can say “I told you so”. Which branch of the Fourth Estate is in league with the COI? Since when has any relevant information on any issue been fully ventilated by the Fourth estate?


  16. @Yardie. I am in complete agreement with Checkit-out. I will tell you why he is correct in terms of context. Such a communication from a union or any other public body, has to framed in (quasi) legal terms. There is no option on that. It has to be done that way. The same would apply if you are a company (public or private) writing to your shareholders. There can be no plausible argument there. When you go to an attorney, you “instruct” that attorney – in other words, you order them. If someone writes to the secretary of a company, likely they will get a response – “My instructions are…….”. That means that “I am ordered that…….” Therefore, when a union “instructs” its membership, it orders them. And the caveat that this is an “instruction” and not an “order” is transparent……because, if it is not an order, why waste time making this point, instead of simply using “request” or “advise”? There is no dearth of words in the English language to ensure that there is complete accuracy of intent and I have provided two alternatives. Therefore the way the union has phrased it is an unsubtle threat to add to the plethora of threats it has already issued.

    @Sargeant. I really have not a clue what the commission report says. Not even the slightest idea. Apart from the GG and, presumably, the PM, no one has as far as I can discern. Not being directly involved in it, I am not exactly “bracing” for anything. I am merely speculating, based in equal parts on the demeanour and conduct of the Commissioner, the subsequent conduct of the MoE that produced The Letter, The Letter itself and the general conduct of the BSTU, not to forget the extraordinarily stupid conduct (whereby he confirmed Errol Barrow’s stated opinion of him) of Keith Simmons and the rumblings emanating from both NUPW and from counsel generally.


  17. I see Mr Hallam King has spoken out on the Alexandra issue and some of the attendant problems which he perceives in our education system . Among some of the statements he said was the claim that he was THE FIRST PRINCIPAL TO INTRODUCE STUDENT COUNCILS TO BARBADOS SCHOOLS IN1983 . Let me disabuse Mr King’s mind in respect of this boast . I entered into into employment as a teacher at the PRINCESS MARGARET SCHOOL in 1967 and found that the principal , the late MR REGINALD LEWIS had already established a students council at the school . Mr King might care to check this out . Historian Mr Robert Morris was then a teacher at the school and might be able to give him some guidance in this regard .


  18. Barbadians continue to wait as has been the case under this government on the report of the Alexandra Commission. We wait, wait, wait, always damn waiting.

    In the meantime BU understands that two AX teachers have been reassigned and also some of the support staff.


  19. The PM has promised to say something about AX next week according to the Nation. Apparently all parties will be pleased with the outcome. So can we predict that Broomes is in the process of being separated but on very lucrative conditions which he would have negotiated and obviously something which could have been done without the expensive COI.

    Wonder if a copy of the report or at least the recommendations will fall off a truck?


  20. Thanks. Testing time for the PM. Another make or break issue and from what I’m seeing public sentiment will be 70-85% against the report and attempts to justify the cost. We’ll see in a few hours.


  21. @ Observing .
    you damn fool how can you speak ” from what i am seeing ” when you have not seen the report ?Are you so comfortable in your stupidity ?


  22. @absolutely amazed

    Extremely comfortable. So much so I’ll leave you to review public sentiment on
    a) the Commission
    b) the AX saga on a whole
    c) specific players in the saga and
    d) the cost versus perceived returns

    My percentage may be a bit high but lump the separate issues into “general sentiment” and it may not be so far off.

    And you are absolutely correct. I should have said “from what I have seen (and observed)” rather than what “I am seeing.”

    With respect to my seeing the report… let’s say I did…would you be so caustic in your condemnation?

    thanks for the correction 🙂

    Just observing


  23. @ i shall gladly make an assessment AFTER HAVING HAD THE BENEFIT OF READING THE REPORT ; that assessment will not be based on any uninformed public sentiment . You admit that you are very comfortable in your stupidity so you may continue to make uninformed comment and draw wild conclusions .


  24. @absolutely
    I’ll absolutely await your assessment.

    …stupidity looks difference depending on which side of the knowledge coin you’re on.

    …my assessment has nothing to do “with” public sentiment, rather, “about”

    …conclusions aren’t wild when based on available facts and deductions

    …comments only seem uninformed to the ignorant

    …opinions are forged in the minds of imperfect man.

    …ignore my mote and you may find your beam.

    Just observing.


  25. It..s already been played out in the media all that is left is PM confirmation unfortunately no one likes to lose but sometimes losers can be winners through redemption.those who have walked that road knows the pain that accompanies losing but by not being bitter and resentful the pain becomes replacing the hatred and bittereness with acceptance and a chance for restoring one,s dignity


    • BU continues to wait. Two more days to go in the week though.

      Any and all communications from this government is painful.

      The PM promised the Nation he would address this matter this week, the week is almost done and nothing.

      It is simply disrespectful that the PM has to take everything to the baller.


  26. @ac
    To make this about “winning and losing”. is to completely miss all of the bigger pictures.

    @david
    You are absolutely correct, BUT, given the uproar over “stolen” documents, that can be given as reason and excuse. Acceptable? The public will decide.


  27. I wonder what the rank and file of the Barbados Union of Teachers thinks of the stance taken by its former President (now safely promoted) in this Alexandra matter ?


  28. Counsel for the BSTU really needs to keep President Redman under control going by the Nation newspaper report.

    Barbados Today by its headline has shown some insensitivity to Broomes.

    The government has not made its official known.


  29. David wrote “It is simply disrespectful that the PM has to take everything to the baller.”

    No it is not. He can take it to the last second. Anything after that is disrespectful.

    Broomes has to go. period.

    Make him Minister of Education without portfolio.


  30. and David if Bajans believe the PM is disrespecting them they can kick him to the curb next election.

    That is the beauty of free and fair elections.

    The PM does not walk and chew gum at the same time even though he can.
    One measured step at a time.


  31. The PM issued a statement last night. See it in the Advocate. Whether he will “speak” before the end of the week is his big secret


    • @yambait

      No surprise it is buried in the Advocate which has low circulation.

      Will this government ever Lear about improving communications in 2012?


  32. Observing(…..)………..i think you miss my point but as usual . one i am not in the mood for gloating or grandstanding or i told you so moments my input was that of showing sensitivity to those who might not agree with the report while at the same time refelecting onthe times many have gone down that path including myself with a realisation that all is not lost as there are times when one think they have lost they actually win i speak out of conviction i,ve been there.


  33. “Though the mills of God grind slowly,
    yet they grind exceeding small;
    Though with patience he stands waiting,
    with exactness grinds he all.”


  34. Appreciate the explanation ac. I’ll await the PM’s address before comment. Rest assured though, it will be quite some time before the reconsiderations can be enacted and probably with many challenge(s), The broader pieces (political, labour etc.) will slowly start to fall into place and create an interesting overall puzzle for many years to come.

    Remember, a battle won does not a victory make.

    Just observing


  35. @ Observing
    “Remember, a battle won does not a victory make.”
    ****************
    ..Is this not more a case of “….out of a molehill a mountain make”

    Unless the commission establishes some fundamental basis on which its recommendations are based, this will all be a waste of time…. and even worse, would suggest the need for such a commission every time a union has a grievance.

    Someone needs to be in charge
    That person needs to have some kind of authority
    That person must be fully accountable.

    QED


  36. @observing(…) agree! however for those who might have lost it is important for them to pick up the pieces and move on in a positive direction making there distractors lok with awe and envy it can be done but one must first stop fighing the challenge and look beyond the outcome with a pure sense of dignity i believe it is not was taken but what you have given in the face of it all a defeat can be a lesson and a detour pointing one in the rght direction as nature had originally planned.


  37. @bushie
    We ain’t get to those arguments yet. We still waiting to hear the “main man” in charge to find out what’s going to happen with these 15 “recommendations.” I agree though, some will see it as a colossal waste of time and money since the commission CANNOT establish basis but only suggest.

    Given the current PSC backlog, the coming legal ones and the “slant” of the recommendations it’s hard to see how this can represent a resolution. Lots more money has to be spent before this is resolved.

    We wait with bated breath on Mr. PM. Herein lies the political aspect. Redman has already commented….erego the labour aspect of it. Time will tell and provide fodder for further comment.

    btw Bushie, can you imagine all de feckless employees in Barbados jumping for glee at this exact moment and plotting and scheming???

    Just observing


  38. @Observing

    This is what happens when decisions are made before the investigation. Now any employee, especially a teacher, can withdraw services, get paid and there will be no recourse, especially for the downtrodden taxpayer who pays the wages. Only in Bim does the union rule and tell the PM what they want him to do. At least, that is how many will see it, including moi.

    I hope Broomes sues for lots of moolah.


  39. @ Pat
    “Sueing for lots of moolah” is part of the scam in Barbados. The only beneficiaries are lawyers….the same crooks who designed the system…..and the complainant is made to suffer…

    It takes years (15-20). So even if successful, Broomes’ grandchildren will possibly collect the moolah and be able to buy a case of malts….just about, after the lawyers take their cuts.

    Meanwhile he will need to borrow money or sell his assets to make the legal payments (or represent himself)

    He represents himself at his peril, since the legals do not deal with outsiders – no matter how competent ( 🙂 especially if competent)

    Best for Broomes to take the little pension money and leave the whole bunch of jokers to themselves. A society ALWAYS gets exactly what it deserves…..and Bim is the capital of mediocrity.


  40. couldn’t agree with you more bushie! but as with the nature of man we hate to lose it is always someone elses fault. and fighting to get even is the only way we know how . Broomes can survive all this with just class and dinity. but what is the purpose in fighting the damage has already been done the only thing now is for broomes to heal physically and mentaly and get away from the glare of public scruntity and away from the advisers who are going to reap the sweets while he reaps the sour.of more condemnation and ridicule.


    • PM issues statement on Alexandra

      Fri, November 02, 2012 – 8:45 AM

      On June 22, 2012, His Excellency the Governor-General appointed an Investigatory Commission of Inquiry into the administration of the Alexandra School because of problems which were said to be affecting the school since the year 2002.

      The Terms of Reference of the Commission were published in the Official Gazette on June 25, 2012 and Hon. Frederick Waterman, CHB, Q.C. was appointed sole Commissioner. He was assisted by Senior Legal Counsel, Milton Pierce; Legal Counsel, Michael Yearwood; and the Secretary to the Commission, Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox.

      Mr. Vernon Smith, Q.C., in association with Mr. Cecil McCarthy, Q.C., appeared as legal counsel for the Principal of the Alexandra School; Mr. Hal Gollop appeared as legal counsel for the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union; and Mr. Guyson Mayers appeared as Legal Counsel for the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Alexandra School.

      The Commission conducted hearings from July 2 to August 27. Counsel made final submissions on August 29. Thirty-four (34) persons appeared as witnesses during the public hearings. The date for submission of the Report, originally set for August 31, had to be extended to September 21 because sessions were not completed until August 29.

      The Commissioner presented his report to the Governor-General on September 21 and the Governor-General forwarded a copy of the Report to the Prime Minister that same day. On Monday, October 22, the Cabinet considered the Report and its recommendations, and approved them for sending to the relevant agencies for appropriate action.

      Legal counsel for the Principal, the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union and the Chairman of the Board of Management each received a copy of the Report under confidential cover on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

      The 111 page Report has made fifteen (15) recommendations based on the evidence presented. The recommendations are essentially in three (3) categories, namely (i) legislative review, including specific recommendations in relation to the Education Act, Education Regulations and the Public Service Code of Conduct; (ii) management reorganization of the Ministry of Education, and implementation of the financial recommendations made by the Auditor General in 2006; and (iii) personnel issues including proposals for the reallocation of personnel, and specific action to be taken regarding discipline.

      It is expected that the follow up processes will be both smooth and seamless, the first and paramount consideration being the welfare of the students of the Alexandra School.

      In due course, the Report will be laid before both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the Commissions of Inquiry Act Cap. 112, Section 17(3).

      As provided in Sections 2 and 9 of the Archives Act, Cap. 19B, the documents and materials resulting from the Commission’s work will be deposited with the Archives Department in the time limited by the Act for the taking of such action.

      The public is to be commended for its restraint and understanding during the period of the Inquiry, evidence, were any more needed, of our maturity when challenging situations confront us especially in relation to the preservation of our cherished institutions.


    • Take note of the section highlighted:

      The Commissioner presented his report to the Governor-General on September 21 and the Governor-General forwarded a copy of the Report to the Prime Minister that same day. On Monday, October 22, the Cabinet considered the Report and its recommendations, and approved them for sending to the relevant agencies for appropriate action.


  41. @Bush Tea

    We will wait and see. I am waiting to see what Amused has to say. I dont see how a case can still take 15-20 years under this new CJ who was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread! If it takes that long, Broomes can go back to school and study law and plead his own case.

    A Bajan woman in Toronto took one of our banks to court. Her lawyers all deserted her and with the help of her daughters and the public library, she pleaded her case in the High Court in Toronto and won against some five or 6 highly paid big maguffy bank lawyers. She was so good, the Judge complimented her on her diligence and hard work. She retired and is now back in Bim, living somewhere near where Hants comes from.


  42. Looka life.
    Now Redman insisting via the media that there must be a follow up meeting with the Prime Minister to deal with other outstanding industrial relations issues in order for a full resolution. Well well well.

    When you open a hornet’s nest without sufficient Bop or Baygon this is what happens.

    Just observing


    • @Observing(…)

      The AX Mess is a story waiting to be told. It makes no sense BU posting anything until we know the government’s next move. Perhaps Minister Jones hinted at it in the press today.


  43. @david
    Mess is putting it mildly. I too am waiting to read all 111 pages completely rather than a few. Rest assured though, its a mess that crosses boundary and time lines. To think otherwise is to fool oneself immensely. I’ll reserve further comment. And knowledge til the PM’s or Jones’ words bear fruit.

    One thing is clear though, Redman doesn’t know when to hold her tongue, much to the administration’s chagrin. Lol.

    just observing


  44. Pat wrote “She retired and is now back in Bim, living somewhere near where Hants comes from.

    How you know where I come from? David is Pat in your “inner circle”?

    Looks like i gine have to guh into hidin somewey else.

    I tot dis did a nononamus blog but dis Pat person claim to know wey I come from.


  45. @Sgt. Peters,
    because blogging with Bajans is more fun if they don’t know who you are.

    fyi Sgt. Peters , I don’t know who any of the anonymous bloggers are. Not even Dr.GP who went to school with me.


    • @Observing(…)

      Surprised that Counsel Hal Gollop can’t get her to shut up. She is just inflaming the situation. Could this be her wish?


  46. @David
    I don’t think any man, woman or child can get her to shut up.

    Go figure, 9 months, 600,000 + dollars, a 111 page report later, and the lady still has “loose ends” for the Prime Minister of Barbados to tie up. I tell ya. “Mess” is an understatement.

    Strictly through a political lens this is another affected voting bloc.

    Just observing


  47. @ David
    Miss Redman was grossly misrepresented by the Nation newspaper . If ypu read what Barbados had to say and if you heard what VOB carried in the news last Friday , it would be clear that Miss Redman said that their lawyer was out of the country , they had no knowledge of the report and she was awaiting his return before making a statement . She could not have been so ill-advised to react in the manner which the Nation said . Maybe she should make a statement on it .


    • @BSTU Member

      Maybe she should because there is a rising perception…

      On 6 November 2012 10:15, Barbados Underground


  48. @David
    If “BSTU member” is correct will the same Nation carry that statement?

    Recently the Nation was accused of misrepresenting the identity of clients of an Attorney did you see any statement acknowledging their error?
    Wake up and smell something


  49. @ David:

    Any info on the total cost for the Ax Inquiry?
    Are the creditors prepared to ride out the elections (as requested by CS) before making demands on the Crown for full payment?


    • @Miller

      All should be revealed soon when the AX Report is laid in parliamant, maybe today or next week or the week after?

      On 6 November 2012 13:13, Barbados Underground


  50. @bstu member
    What’s the misrepresentation?

    @David
    or the moth after?? lol.

    @miller
    It will be interesting if a full cost breakdown is provided. We’ll see.


  51. Is this Alexanders mess still going on?? I have travelled to four countries since it (ADR) started, I had an issue with Waterman, seems he was not operating in this century. Anyhow, I was in yet another country when the dispute started 9??? Years ago, what in heavens name takes the authorities in bim years to make decisions on matters that affects peoples lives. I will probably be travelling around for another 5 years and hear that they awaiting some other nonsense, is inactivity contagious on the island or something???? I cannot wrap my mind around this madness.


  52. The report was laid. So what now!

    David; Could you arrange for a copy of the official report to fall off a truck near your office and publish it here.


  53. @ Ckeckit-Out
    ….you would waste time reading that?!?

    What a damn waste of time and money…..taking a little mess (of the kind routinely caused by women), and digging it into a big able gully….and still digging…..stupseeee

    This issue started out making The teacher who refused to teach look like an idiot……
    Then it went on to make Mary Redman look foolish (and mad…)
    …then the striking teachers joined the asylum…
    ..well – Onions and ac already met the criteria…
    ….but Caswell went and join them (against Bushie’s advice)
    ….then the minister of education
    …the Chief education officer
    …the CPO
    ..Broomes
    …he brother
    ..he secretary
    ….the chairman Keith Simmonds
    …the Board secretary…
    …the prime minister
    ….Waterman has now clearly shown why we needed to look outside for a new CJ. We just need to look further….

    Duguid should have aimed his remark at everyone involved in this AX affair.

    KEEP AWAY FROM THAT REPORT Checkit, it is dangerous. Bushie suggest that the best thing to do now is to burn that report and go back to the normal way of dealing with such issues……do nothing and wait for it to blow over.


  54. David;
    Thanks! It figures
    It was probably typed on an old Electric typewriter also. Good strategy to ensure it doesn’t reach the masses.
    However, It should be possible to scan it into a pdf file. If you get a hold of it, I and many others, would still be interested in seeing it to see the pearls of wisdom coming from the Commissioner’s pen.


    • @Checkit-out

      It is amazing the report would not be posted on the government’s portal to be accessed by the public. Instead it must be delivered in a bound book etc etc. At some point we will ave to scan the 100+ pages.


  55. Welcome to the newest rebranding of education facilities in buhbaydus,the ‘sleepysmitsecondree’The ministry is not only asleep on the AX affair,it has now put the icing on the cake by naming a school accordingly.

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