Submitted by Anthony Davis
All of a sudden we have the union leaders running around like headless chickens, trying to do for their members what they should have been doing long ago – giving them proper representation, instead of hanky-pankying with Government, and the heads of the private sector bodies. They should have anticipated what is happening now, if they had not buried their heads in the sand, and forgotten that they had people’s livelihoods in their hands.
This Government has always operated by subterfuge, and that is why they should have known what is coming. Ranting and raving will NOT help, nor change the situation as they – especially Cedric Murrell, head of CTUSAB, with his statement that firing 3000 or more public servants is “unfortunate”, and saying that they should have “faith”, as if one can take faith to the supermarket or the bank – have sold their constituents down the river.
Ladies and gentlemen, you have closed the stable door long after the horse has bolted!
That is why people like Anne Reid, CEO of the Barbados Private Sector Association, can make the bold, callous statement that “Government should stop the consulting and start the implementing” of firing people. Her bread is buttered on both sides, so she doesn’t have to worry. If she were to be fired tomorrow, she would still have enough on her bank account to continue living among the upper echelons of our society. You have accepted posts in Board Rooms, and you must remember that he who pays the piper calls the tune, and you cannot hunt with the hounds and run with the hare!
Every one of you is guilty of reneging on those workers you are supposed to be leading, and now you are between a rock and a hard place – Government on one side, and the private sector on the other. I am waiting to see what the outcome of all the talks you are suddenly demanding – which you should have started eons ago – will be. I am not holding my breath that the Minister of Finance will back down from his stand your ground attitude towards the tax payers of this country!
I sincerely hope that some of the points you want to talk about will bear fruition for some of your members, but I’m not very optimistic about it. If this Minister of Finance says that 2 + 2 make 5, then it MUST be so. He is infallible, whereas not even the Pope is so any longer!