LIME BWU Dispute: Social Partnership Failing

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think Tank/Watchdog Group
Sir Leroy Trotman (l), Minister of Labour Byer-Sukoo (r)

Sir Leroy Trotman (l), Minister of Labour Byer-Sukoo (r) – Credit: Barbados Today

For some time, we have warned that the trade union movement in Barbados was being marginalized. The coziness with employers brought about by the so-called Social Partnership, has long been a cause of concern to the Mahogany Coconut Group. The frequent love fests of the employers’ representatives and the union bosses were brilliant public relations stunts designed to fool those who don’t understand the treachery inherent in such exercises.

We have reached a state of utter delusion, if we believe that the playing field is level and the actions of LIME clearly demonstrate that the Social Partnership is exactly that-nothing more than high level social gatherings and smiles for the cameras.

Recession or no recession, we cannot surrender the rights of workers and their representatives to be respected. The truth is that LIME decided to dismiss workers while promising to continue the collective bargaining process. No self respecting union can take such an insult lightly.

LIME claims the workers were fired because of poor service. This is more an indictment of management than it is of the workers. Daily on call in programs, consumers are complaining about LIME and the Voice of Barbados (VOB) is often the only hope of these poorly serviced customers getting their voices heard.

We submit that the management of LIME should resign immediately because they have been most inadequate in getting their product up to the standards required in the world of technology. Blaming the workers is a dastardly act and the Barbados Workers Union is on good grounds for dismissing such garbage. What we have here is a very bold attempt to break the back of the trade union movement.

We therefore support the call for a national strike or any action the Barbados Workers Union deems necessary to stop the anti worker sentiment, now being expressed by those who have climbed the proverbial ladder and now want to kick it down. Without a strong and vibrant trade union movement the economic development of our island state will be left to those who believe that the workers only deserve a few crumbs from the table.

0 thoughts on “LIME BWU Dispute: Social Partnership Failing


  1. @ Carson C. Cadogan | January 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM |
    “LIME, a.k.a Cable and Wireless, had a “stranglehold on an essential service” from back in the Colonial days. It had nothing to do with the BLP or DLP.”

    There you go again with outrageously unashamedly blatant lies!
    The Barbados government was once a significant shareholder with the ‘entitlement’ to the chair of the local decision-making Board of our once beloved BARTEL which some remember with fond memories even if overseas calls were astronomically expensive thanks to its UK pirate-like associate C&W.
    Any enlightened government would have deepened the “indigenization “process while keeping its international interests and contacts especially on the Canadian front.
    But for a mess of forex potage to stave off a devaluation a certain administration sold us down the river in the 1991/92 period of the long financial knives and economic daggers just because of the soft-hearted electorate of this country stupidly re-electing an incompetent administration out of sympathy for a dead man (May the God he believed in rest his great and caring soul in eternal bliss and peace).

    It is said history teaches us nothing. Are we going to make the same mistake again in 2013 some 22 years down the maturity road feeling sorry for an imbecilic administration only to experience more suffering and pain and even stark naked unashamed privatization?


  2. millertheanunnaki | January 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    “The Barbados government was once a significant shareholder with the ‘entitlement’ to the chair of the local decision-making Board of our once beloved BARTEL ”

    I forgive you. I will not hold your youth against you.


  3. UNION GETTING REGIONAL SUPPORT

    ……………..”The Barbados Workers union is getting strong support from outside the island

    The umbrella regional trade union movement is backing the BWU in its dispute with.. ………..LIME, general secretary of the Caribbean Congress of Labour Senator Chester Humphrey, has declared.

    In a statement issued as the union prepares to launch the islandwide industrial action, the CCL not only expressed its solidarity with the BWU which is demanding that LIME recall termination letters it sent to 97 employees, but also issued a call to its regional and international affiliates to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with the local labour organisation”.

    Intelligent people realised that BWU is on the right path.


  4. Isn’t it about time that the Ministry of Transport and Works ask LIME to embark on a programme to raise all man -hole covers to the existing levels of the roads throughout the island,like it was done from Bridgetown to Illaro Court during the visit of the Royal Couple. This is not fair to motorists who have to pay such high fees for road taxes , suspension parts and tyres, only to be constantly dropping into Lime’s industrial potholes.


  5. But as a show of confidential volte-face only in the last 2 weeks referred to some of those who graduated from University as possibly lacking in problem-solving skills and commonsense and should be returned to the cane fields if not the breadline

    But as a show of confidential volte-face only in the last 2 weeks referred to some of those who graduated from University as possibly lacking in problem-solving skills and commonsense and should be returned to the cane fields if not the breadline
    —–DELIBERATELY REPEATED

    THAT STATEMENT WILL SPELL THE END OF FREUNDEL STUART AS PRIME MINISTER.

    It seems as though this Government wants to offend every sector of the community.This is when you know that a Government will lose an Election.

    One wonders if this is a deliberate ploy by the DLP to lose the elections.

    Is it possible that Hon Freundel Stuart is deliberately trying to lose this election as a form of revenge ? Considering how he operated against his former opponent for the leadership of the DLP , could it be possible that Mr. Stuart is hitting back hard at those within his party that tried to oust him as leader or at least questioned his stewardship.? Afterall , as a Prime Minister, his pension is guaranteed at the same amount as his present salary which is around $14O,OOO.OO


  6. FED UP | January 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM |
    Proper discussion on IR on VOB 92.9 Sunday. A poor moderator though.

    WHAT makes a moderator a poor moderator ?
    I do not understand how you can say that Matthew Farley is/was a poor moderator. What should a moderator do?
    I thought the show was top class
    I had no difficulty with the moderator nor the panelists


  7. @Dr. the Honorable at 3:34 p.m. “could it be possible that Mr. Stuart is hitting back hard at those within his party that tried to oust him as leader or at least questioned his stewardship.?…Afterall , as a Prime Minister, his pension is guaranteed at the same amount as his present salary which is around $14O,OOO.OO.

    Hmmm!!! Maybe this is what was meant when he said “heads will roll” I wonder whose political heads will roll in the upcoming election?


  8. Carson, not paying attention huh, then why respond huh? Then why take the time and trouble to reply to blogs. I’ve been made redundant and it was difficult to deal with. It’s life, this happens to millions of people, particularly now with the current finanical crisis. People need to realise there is no job for life anymore. Management will always make unpopular decisons and people will be dismissed unfairly. Unfortunatley, it happens everyday. Does that mean that everyone should react this way? What would the world’s economy be like if they did? I believe that people need to adopt a stronger work ethic here and learn from the workers in the developed countries.
    I’ve phoned up Lime’s Barbadian customer service several times and the phone is never answered. People here need to realise if they are paid a salary they need to work for it. Maybe this is Karma?


  9. cheryl

    “I’ve phoned up Lime’s Barbadian customer service several times and the phone is never answered

    Name me a company in Barbados where the customer service is not sub standard?

    why not send home all them too.

    How can a workforce be terrific in Dec. 2012 and be poor on the 1st Jan. 2013?

    Old Macdonald really thinks that he is dealing withh fools!

    Sir Roy has go ahead from the union’s general council to call a strike all he has to do is to call it.

    We just might hear what day it will be called on tonight’s CBC news.


  10. In other words LIME has made 97 BLACK BAJANS workers redundant based on LIES.

    TIMELINE:-

    Dec. 2012

    Fantastic workers

    1st Jan. 2013

    Poor workers


  11. That’s why I said the work ethic here needs to be stronger. Corporate companies do this all the time. Sadly, this is standard. I’ve experienced this myself. it will not change it’s the way of the world. Which is a harsh and cold one. Welcome to the 21st century! Profit and margin are what companies worship and they have no empathy for the little people and will disguard them at a drop of a hat; if restructuring needs to take place. Carson, Barbados will have to come kicking and screaming into the 21st century. It a harsh reality but a true one.


  12. LIME have been robbing people before Digi Cell came to Barbados and will keep dong so , Let them Rot to hell , Another phone company will come in and hire the workers.Shut down LIME,
    LIME is like a bad lawyer

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  14. pppppppppssssssssssstttttttttttt!!!!! , ppppppsssssssssssstttttt.!!!!!
    SIR LEROY…. ………Courts Barbados has laid off some of its workers.

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