Industrial Action Escalates in Barbados

 Hon Dr Esther Byer, Minister of Labour

Hon Dr Esther Byer, Minister of Labour

At a time when our little country which has been slow to recover from the global recession of 2008 should be marshalling all of its resources to the benefit of all, Barbadians and the world have awakened to the news the country remains gripped in industrial action. As if the manmade problems were not enough sargassum seaweed continues to obliterate our coastline and in the process suffocate our tourism product.

The old people have a saying, “what you sow, you does reap”, the political tinkering, corruption and downright wickedness in high and low places has eroded all trust and integrity from our society. Our inability, although educated at great expense, to resolve our problems with minimum dislocation is an indictment of us all, we should remove the description ‘an educated people’ from our lexicon.

Barbadians knew last evening minister Esther Byer would not have been able to resolve the issue. However, custom and protocol required we have the meeting when commonsense dictated given the serious of the impasse between the unions led by the NUPW and government, a joint meeting with the Prime Minister and Minister of Labour should have been called.

We have become a nation of JAs!

BU leaves you with the following comment posted by BU commenter St. George’s Dragon:

The common theme in these labour disputes seems to be the employer seeking to lay off staff without declaring the real reason. We all know, not least because the BIDC told us, that they need to make savings, so staff have to go. Others more knowledgeable than me will be able to say what the legal position is but common sense says that in this situation, BIDC should be able to make people redundant and pay them what they are entitled to receive in accordance with the law. Why dress it up as early enforced retirement? If the post no longer exists because there is no money to pay for it, sadly, people have to be sent home.

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108 Comments on “Industrial Action Escalates in Barbados”

  1. Bajanfuhlife July 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM #

    Will those SSA workers who are striking and from the pictures on Barbados Today drinking some “drinks” while the NUPW encourages garbage pile ups in a tourism dependent country please report to NUPW headquarters to collect you salary.

    You seriously could not expect our taxpayers dollars to pay you ?


  2. David July 11, 2015 at 8:13 PM #

    Could some one please tell minister Donville Inniss his website is in suspended status?


  3. Observing July 11, 2015 at 8:20 PM #

    “I recall an instance when the BWU had real teeth

    Oh for the good old days.

    What’s the point of a social partnership that doesn’t meet, a coalition of trade unions that excludes the major one, a Minister of Labour that can’t solve labour related issues and educated leaders, directors and CEO’s that can’t interpret 2 sentences in a law??

    We barely wasting bare time.

    Just observing


  4. David July 11, 2015 at 8:22 PM #


    You have to hold the members of the social partnership and CTUSAB accountable, they continue business as usual.


  5. Prodigal Son July 11, 2015 at 8:41 PM #

    @ Bajanfuhlife July 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM #

    “You seriously could not expect our taxpayers dollars to pay you” ?


    Why not?

    Why……. you all have been taking the taxpayers monies under false pretense since 2008 and look what a mess you have this country in. Not only at home but we are now the laughing stock of the Caribbean!

    At least we can see that the SSA does do their job, we cannot say the say about you all!


  6. Bajanfuhlife July 11, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

    @David – I know of many competent persons serving on the boards of these statutory corporations. The key is in the implementation. I heard the CEO of the BIDC – a woman of integrity from all who have worked with her and the sister of person who once sought a BLP constituency nomination outline a plan to make the corporation more efficient and sanctioned by the minister and the Board.
    The plan is met by a union power play and political opportunists who can only see the next vote and not the long term.

    Newsflash David – God Forbid and tieffing Mottley was given the keys of power – who yo think she gine be lining up for seats on boards- her crew and those close to her and her family.

    I know one thing – Mottley cannot be any saviour for Barbados or any beacon of reform despite her political spindoctors like Peter working overtime on her current now 3 year non stop campaign for power. Well actually 4 years if you count in the attempts according to George Payne to undermine fellow BLP candidates in the last election.


  7. Bajanfuhlife July 11, 2015 at 8:55 PM #

    @Prodigal – no one can ever accuse you of drawing taxpayers money under false pretences. You earn every cent of the portion of Mottley’s public salary that she gives you for being the chief BLP yardfowl on the blog.


  8. Prodigal Son July 11, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

    For your information I am a private citizen and depend on no one…….so get loss, yardfowl!


  9. Prodigal Son July 11, 2015 at 9:11 PM #


    If you spend half as much time as you do on BU doing what taxpayers pay you to do………..Barbados would be a better place!

    My heart weeps for what we have passing off as a government.


  10. Hants July 11, 2015 at 9:11 PM #

    When is the garbage strike expected to end ?

    Wanna tryin to fatten de mice, mongoose an rats or wuh ?


  11. Colonel Buggy July 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM #

    Bajanfuhlife July 11, 2015 at 7:52 PM #

    The reform and restructuring of these statutory corporations MUST Happen.
    EMERA has launched a reform and restructuring programme at the Barbados Light & Power Company, and the first people to be retrenched were the big-salaried,big-allowances top executives.


  12. Colonel Buggy July 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM #

    Hants July 11, 2015 at 9:11 PM #

    When is the garbage strike expected to end ?

    It would be prudent for the union to call off the strike,and have the SSA back to work first thing on Monday morning. Call out another departments ,if necessary to take its place. Ya know what they say about a Bajan, feed him six days a week, and when ya tell him on the 7 th day that you have nothing, he will in the words of the old people, unmeck ya arse. Calling on the lord to take away your eye sight and to lay with you in bed.
    Bajans are not a patient lot.


  13. Donna July 12, 2015 at 2:50 PM #


    They’re not all yard fowls on the boards. There are some competent people. There are even some who survived the transition from BLP to DLP government.


  14. NationBLPnewspaper July 12, 2015 at 2:54 PM #

    In today’s BLP Sunday Sun, Sanka Price was quoting Mia Mottley trying to deny the fact that this is a politically motivated strike.
    Sanka identified the leadership of BARP, ICAB, Barbados Employers Confederation and SBA as those currently headed by BLP operatives.
    He of course forgot the BHTA which Colin Jordan used to promote his political campaign and take cheap shots at the government and those in the Chamber of Commerce still hurting that the money they spent in the 2013 election did not buy their preferred outcome.

    However, it would have been nice if Sanka turned to the largest media conglomerate in Barbados and the highest circulated national newspaper. There he would find BLP spokesman Clyde Mascoll, Former BLP MP Ezra Alleyne and BLP supporters Albeert Brandford, Tennyson Joseph, Harry Russell and Mottley political advisor Peter Wickham all writing “INDEPENDENT” columns telling Barbadians who they should vote for.

    Of course, Sanka himself should take a look in the mirror when he was looking at partisan persons in organizations.
    When I read a story with the initials SP or AB on any story in the Nation I can already see what slant they will take. I have not been proven wrong as yet.


  15. NationBLPnewspaper July 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn said on this blog that the Nation told him before his first column that he should not write on political issues. That is funny given Caswell’s columns since he made that statement.
    Caswell is now on record as supporting one political party over the other for government and is using his weekly columns to try to achieve this goal.

    Mark my words, if Caswell Franklyn ever attacks Mia Mottley or the BLP in that Sunday column, he will need a job and lose his Sunday Sun platform.
    Caswell must fall in line like a good BLP yardboy at the Nation. A journalistic mouse.


  16. NationBLPnewspaper July 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM #

    The columnists employed by the Nation newspaper all have a similar political slant – pro BLP. That is undeniable and the facts and the names are there to prove it. If I can see it , I am sure that the management of the Nation newspaper can see it too.
    Columnists give comment and if depending on the columnists a newspaper chooses, the paper will have a particular slant.
    It does not take a rocket scientist to see the political side taken by the Nation newspaper. If you doubt me , look at the coverage given to BLP public meetings.


  17. Bush Tea July 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM #

    Shiite man…you are beginning to sound like Dompey now.
    Who the hell do you expect people to attack? opposition members who have about as much clout as Old Onions?
    Why would Caswell waste time attacking Mia…?
    What impact has she had on the lives of ordinary Bajans in the last 8 years since we kicked her from power?

    Who is protecting their esteemed friend from prosecution for thieving poor people’s money?
    Who is supporting thieving speakers of the house?
    Who is behind retiring 60-year-olds while retaining 70+ morons?
    Who is behind the Paradise pisser?
    Who is behind the stupid Sugar factory scam?
    Who is behind Cahill?

    Who ELSE should be attacked…?
    You can be serious?

    Rest assured that when (not IF) wunna asses are expelled from parliament (…and hopefully incarcerated,) Caswell, the Nation, Advocate, BU David, Bushie, Artax and everyone else (except AC – whose ass will be at Dodds) will attack whosoever else comes into a position of authority…and choose to do shiite.

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  18. David July 12, 2015 at 3:35 PM #


    The government through its ministers and prime minister need to unlock their mouths and speak to the people. They were elected to serve the people and not the reverse. Forget the columnists and address the issues directly through the several fora available. So far the legacy in the making is not very flattering for this government.


  19. Jonny B Good July 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM #

    Talk about PPD (priority deficit disorder). They sending home maids & messengers, meanwhile the high paid “Big Maguffies” sucking up the taxpayer’s dollars. They need to cut from the top, that is the best way to clean up this top heavy bureaucracy.


  20. David July 12, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

    What the government need to do us fully exhaust the consultative process and forget the lazy way out.


  21. ac July 12, 2015 at 10:47 PM #

    The govt has already told the people what measures it will take , speckled fowl have you been asleep, did not the minister of labour (govt) state that she will seek resolution through the court,
    What more do you want the govt to say ,the only thing govt needs to do is seek manpower to remove the garbage, btw come next pay day these strikers will be a day short and a pound foolish.
    Once the govt gets control of the garbage the strikers can strike all they want. The govt does not have to say anything all the govt needs to do is take the necessary action that would not compromise the health of barbadians, any thing else left to be said is by the court,
    In the meanwhile the strikers are under the management and control of the NUPW ,
    The govt does not need to say a damn thing.just take necessary action


  22. balance July 12, 2015 at 10:52 PM #

    “What the government need to do us fully exhaust the consultative process and forget the lazy way out.”
    Definitely; there is nothing to be ashamed about. They should have been advised that if you start wrong, you end wrong. Trying to make the NUPW look like the big bad wolf in the eyes of public wouldn’t work this time.

    Bite the bullet and re-instate the workers and start fresh.


  23. David July 12, 2015 at 10:55 PM #

    Here is tomorrow’s Nation newspaper front page.



  24. Artaxerxes July 13, 2015 at 12:06 AM #

    NationBLPnewspaper July 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM #

    You never cease to amaze me and thine ignorance harrows me with fear and wonder.

    If, on more than one occasion, you visited a fast food outlet where the service was poor and the food tasteless, would you keep returning to that establishment, wasting your money just to complain about the food and service?

    Or would you, like any rational thinking person, find another fast food outlet where both the food and service are excellent?

    Shiite, man, there are other publications and media in Barbados. You have other choices available to you to choose from:

    1) The Advocate in which the articles are always pro DLP. You can also read Guyson Mayers.
    2) CBC 100.7fm where you have a full diet of DLP stew, cooked by Maureen Holder and John Lovell. The callers and guest are also pro DLP
    3) CBC Evening News
    4) Government Information Service
    5) DLP official web-site
    6) Denis Kellman’s face book page


  25. Colonel Buggy July 13, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

    David July 12, 2015 at 10:55 PM #

    Here is tomorrow’s Nation newspaper front page
    Dr Dennis Lowe, Minister of the Environs of Silver Sands .
    Frig you other lot. I am looking after my people in the same fashion which I did in sending home people from NCC.


  26. NationBLPnewspaper July 13, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

    I guess the truth hurts, doesn’t it?

    The Nation newspaper is the political public relations arm of the BLP, its pages are dominated by columnists who are all proven BLP supporters and its management has a clear political agenda which informs how its columnist are chosen and retained. I simply bring example after example to expose this to the Barbadian Public while instead of bringing facts to prove me wrong , you resort to your robotic, infantile and predictably partisan response: “CBC does do it too”.


  27. Donna July 13, 2015 at 4:36 PM #


    Consider the exposure complete and move on to the next topic. Wait… you don’t have a “next topic”.


  28. Artaxerxes July 13, 2015 at 6:16 PM #

    NationBLPnewspaper July 13, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

    NationBLPnewspaper, you are a jackass, and have demonstrated that this characteristic is perhaps one of your strong points.

    I can equally say that CBC “is the political public relations arm of the DLP.”

    You want proof? Then check the local programming. CBC even televises speeches made at the DLP annual conferences, which DOES NOT HAVE absolutely anything to do about Barbados, but is specific to that political party. Is this not using a government funded agency to spout DLP propaganda?

    Listen to Talk ya Talk” on CBC 100.7 FM. This program is “dominated by moderators, (Maureen Holder and John Lovell), and callers who are all proven DLP supporters.” Also, based on the format of this “talk show,” it’s evident management has a clear political agenda which informs how its moderators, guest and callers are chosen.”

    Perhaps, what you should do is to bring facts to prove me wrong in this case.

    Firstly, I never stated “CBC does it too.” Those are YOUR words, not mine. I simply gave you list of alternative media you could access.

    Secondly, rather than let my comments “go outside the off stump,” you chose to respond. And quite frankly, your response is just a lot of incoherent party political diatribe, in other words, it is pure shiite.
    But I forgive you, people in general, when in pain, often become incoherent and “does talk shiite.” “I guess the truth hurts, doesn’t it?”

    Thirdly, I do not appreciate the partisan line CBC and its programming takes.

    So rather than come on BU to constantly gripe with “robotic, infantile and predictably partisan responses” such as “CBC is the public relations arm of the DLP,” I SOLVED THAT PROBLEM BY SIMPLY WATCHING THE NEWS OR THE LOTTO NUMBERS WHEN UH BUY A TICKET. That, my friend is MATURITY.

    On the other hand, only an IMBECILE would CHOOSE TO BUY the Nation and come to BU with “robotic and predictably partisan comments” to wit “The Nation newspaper is the political public relations arm of the BLP, its pages are dominated by columnists who are all proven BLP supporters.” Is this not infantile? Your actions are tantamount to that of a spoilt brat.

    Additionally, BU offers articles with a wide range of topics for us to make our contributions. Your response to EVERY article is always the same shiite about the Nation.

    Surely those on BU will agree (and even you, if you are honest with yourself) that by your actions, you have demonstrated that you are indeed the “robotic” one here.

    Alright, let’s agree with you, the Nation is political. Do you not think it’s about time you move on and comment about the industrial relations climate in the island, CAHILL, the recent budget, or even “Pan in the Sand?”

    Perhaps your program chip has “NATION” electronically etched in it.


  29. Artaxerxes July 13, 2015 at 6:18 PM #

    Donna July 13, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

    “NationBLPnewspaper, Consider the exposure complete and move on to the next topic. Wait… you don’t have a “next topic”.”

    No, Donna, clearly this chap DOES NOT have another topic.


  30. Prodigal Son July 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM #


    I admire you for taking on another one of the ac consortium……………every other week, this “nation critic” is on the Nation’s case and the idiot would not stop buying the paper. Wuh, he could only be a jackass.

    Art, do you remember that just before the 2013 election, George Pilgrim was on DLPTV saying that the DLP was setting up a radio station………….wuh, that is another avenue for the nation critic to go and hear only what he wants to hear!

    By the way, did everyone see the PM at 7pm? WOW!


  31. Hants July 13, 2015 at 7:25 PM #

    Strategy to enhance Tourism

    “Customs, immigration officers and other unionized workers at the Grantley Adams International airport and the Barbados Port Authority will begin a go-slow tomorrow “


  32. NationBLPnewspaper July 13, 2015 at 9:17 PM #

    @Artaxerses “Alright, let’s agree with you, the Nation is political.”

    There is light at the end of the tunnel after all. Maybe you could use your influence here on the blog and in the BLP to join me in fighting for a higher standard of journalism across all media


  33. Donna July 15, 2015 at 9:29 AM #

    Wait. I finally got him to take one step further. He is now calling for a higher standard of journalism across ALL media. See what you can do with a little effort.


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