Trade Unions Baring Teeth on the Eve of 50th Independence Celebration

The BU household states for the record it supports the initiative by government to stoke our pride and industry by celebrating all that we have achieved since 1966. What we do NOT agree with is the government using the 50th Anniversary event as an opportunity to feather the popularity of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) with a general election looming large on the horizon.

It seems an exercise in tomfoolery that the government would engage in all year planning of the 50th Anniversary event and allow the grand finale to be ‘compromised’ by an escalation in the industrial climate in Barbados.

The incestuous relationship the government has with the NUPW (for sure) should be enough to make it aware that the climate is ‘hotting’ up. The government through the Prime Minister and the head of the Personnel Administration Department (PAD) will have to do a better job to convince BU and others that the Akanni McDowall matter does not have some politics in it. Not too long ago a DLP entrenched Derek Alleyne failed in a widely publicised motion to remove McDowall from the presidency of the NUPW.

The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has entered the fray by issuing a 5 o’clock deadline to government to expire on the 19 November 2016. It claims the government through its agent the PAD has not responded to correspondence sent a month ago. Its General Secretary Toni Moore has threatened that the union is prepared to “bare its teeth” although it prefers a more conciliatory approach to resolving the grievances.

The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) have also taken an aggressive position as it relates to the government addressing the matter of compensation for marking School Based Assessment (SBA). The government should take careful note that the SBA grievance is more a concern for the BSTU. The BUT has also signalled that the docking of pay from teacher salaries for attending a meeting a few months ago and the threat to dock the pay of those who attended the meeting yesterday has been placed on the radar. The BUT leadership has determined that the government has resorted to tactics to intimidate labour.

Already there are confirmed reports about the painful process Barbadians returning home have been experiencing to clear Immigration and Customs at the airport. Those of us who have experienced the service delivered by the two departments BEFORE the go-slow know that it was already slow because of the manual inspection methods used by Customs. One can only imagine the agony being experienced by weary Barbadians (travellers) as they clear Immigration and Customs on a daily basis. Let us hope it will not dampen their enthusiasm especially when it comes to spending the US dollars.

Can you imagine we have the ridiculous situation where there is confusion about whether Akanni McDowall has the required qualification for an established post in the civil service?  Can you imagine a junior employee with the same qualification as McDowall was recruited to fill the post? Can you imagine McDowall’s contract was terminated 6 weeks before it expired? The NUPW argues YES and the head of PAD say NO. May the lord help this country.

To complicate the issue –add oil to the industrial waters, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has hinted in a statement last week his government may have to introduce legislation to prevent unions from holding the country to ransom. Should we assume from the Prime Minister’s position that the touted social partnership is failing?

The takeaway from this submission is for the government to note that the trade unions are collaborating. A word to the wise should be sufficient. As we write this blog the industrial climate at the airport has deteriorated with a breakdown in wages talks.

By the way, was that Caswell Franklyn of Unity Workers Union sitting next to Toni Moore from Barbados Workers Union the other day?

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  • NUPW has just walked out of a meeting over GAIA staff salary and has started a go slow which may escalate into a strike.

    One must give govt credit for trying to raise money with $500.00&$1000.00 tables at the PMs 50th do.

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  • The expectation that there was to be a firewall between the DLP, as a political party, and the nation state, at a time of ‘interdependence’ could never be real.

    Not in this culture!

    Was this not a central issue fought out between the BLP and DLP around independence. This issue was never resolved to the satisfaction of the nation state. It has remained as divisive as ever.

    What we are left with is an institutional BLP which acts in a lukewarm way, cold shoulder, with notions of independence. A party and its supporters who have never been able to separate nationalism as a separate construction, absent the Barrow/Adam, winner/loser discourse.

    On the other hand, we have an equally mal-developed DLP which forever believes that independence is entirely a DLP philosophical ethos. That it belongs to the DLP and the DLP alone.

    And both are wrong. The CIA deserves more credit than the DLP. And it’s time the BLP tells this truth to the Bajan people. Instead of cherishing the failure of its ‘forefathers’ in reaching the Colonial Office after Barrow.

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  • The Unions have the power to shut down the Airport and the sea port.

    Give them what they are asking for.

    Then call a general election and go to the polls in March.

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  • A bit of history. In the mid-1970s, the trade unions gave prime minister Ted Heath a lot of trouble. He called a general election in Feb 1974 on the issue of ‘who governs Britain’. He lost and Wilson came to power with a small majority. It was the only time I have ever voted.
    In Oct of that year Wilson went back to the electorate and won a larger majority. In the early 1980s, Thatcher confronted the National Union of Mineworkers, led by Arthur Scargill and smashed the union. It was brutal and among the people who gave great support to the miners were members of the North London Caribbean community. A later film of the event completely wrote West Indians out of the picture.
    After the defeat, the NUM moved its headquarters from Euston Road near Kings Cross back to Yorkshire.
    Mandy, Scargill’s secretary decided not to move and took the union to the Chelsea industrial tribunal. I covered the case for the Daily Mail.
    During the lunch break Scargill was in the applicants room, I approached him for a comment and he screamed ‘f…ck off.’
    The lesson: my experience is that the British left is often more racist than the Right.

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  • C’mon Hants! March is too soon for them to finalise their smoke and mirrors tricks to fool enough of the gullible public to vote for them. Be fair, you have to give them enough time so they can retain at least ONE seat in Parliament!

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  • It is about time PM Stuart that you introduce a law that wolud secure the national interest of this country from militia who have taken on rogue actions in the disgue of Unions

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  • Wuhloss…….militia…..rogue actions

    Interesting language from the PMs advisers……..reminiscent of cracking heads……

    That would be a nice show that the international media can capture of the actions of a bannana republic on its 50th.

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  • Who would have thought the leader of a political party born from the trade union movement would utter the statements emanating from the mouth of Stuart. One would have expected such anti labour mouthings to be coming from the BL. it is clear the unions have the government over a barrel, their move!

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  • The BLP was born of the trade union movement. The DLP came out of the BLP – the so-called Young Turks.

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  • We are saying the same thing, however, the DLP in the post Independence period is more closely aligned with the labour movement. This is represented by Frank Walcott, Leroy Trotman, Bobby Morris, Eveyln Greaves, Yvonne Walkes, Undene Whittaker and a few others downstream.

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  • Toni Moore and I are rivals not enemies.

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  • Let BU be the first to congratulate minister Michael Lashley for heeding the advice of leader of the opposition to delay the relocation of the vendors from the vanstand.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    ACs…yall are some horrible people, the ministers only tout and mouth support for the unions when it makes them look good, but when reality hits and ya have to give up something, yall attack the unions and sink very low to do so, but they will throw yall out of parliament…soon.

    After observing for some time, I niticed that is the trend government set, they only tolerate the unions as window dressing because of international labor laws.

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  • Without trade unions Bajans would be exploited even by their own black brothers.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Particularly by their own black brothers even with the unions, it still happens, they like acting like vicious savages to each other and that nasty behavior starts in parliament with the ministers, cabinet and senate, they are yet to be properly civilized toward their own people.

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  • Hants November 18, 2016 at 5:42 PM #
    Without trade unions Bajans would be exploited even by their own black brothers.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Skippa, not WOULD BE, many are. We have security guards working for black brothers who go for weeks and months without being paid, while the owners of these businesses make excuse after excuse,while drawing big cheques from the companies which they have a contract with. and while them and their wives and / or girlfriends are running around in big arse SUV’s.
    There are many people working for a Trinidad solar business, and have not been paid for months, resorting to begging for bus fares to get to work.
    Then there are the gas station workers.
    These people are so poorly paid , under normal circumstances, that the cannot afford to pay union dues.Many are still not allowed to join a trade union.And the Ministry of Labour do not seem to care.
    And you telling me that you are building houses in the Grotto to cater to these low income people? For sure none of these will be invited to the Prime Minister’s Ball , at US$250, US$500 tickets.

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  • I am not particularly knowledge about the union movement.
    However, it seems to me that as a larger and larger part of the overall workforce become employees of public or publicly funded organizations, it sets the stage for a fireworks show between the unions and the keepers of the public purse (employer)
    Further it intensifies the rivalry between unions, for they are competing for employees of essentially the same employer.

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  • Hi David & BU family

    I am back ! With a bang! !!

    Talking about bang…..just return from putting the final touches to campaign ads 2018.

    Well Obama says he supports the LGBT movement

    Hillary Clinton says she supports the LGBT movement

    Can we hear from Mia Mottley on the LGBT movement?

    Morals….????

    The next battle platform for 2018

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  • @ Fractured BLP

    Why don’t you ask the ugly man who lead the DLP? have you ever see he with a woman yet,

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  • I suggest this headline David “Trade unions assert themselves in the face of government recalcitrance”

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  • @Colonel Buggy the govt will be paying the vat man on these US$250, US$500 tickets even the complimentary ones? I wonder.

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  • Is this dinner a fundraiser for the dlp?

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  • I am so tired of the dems………………when the nions were stacked with all dems giving the government hell at every level, there was no problem with mixing politics and unions now all hell has broken loose.

    Give them hell, unions even if I may be affected by the strike action. If only for the PM’s arrogant insulting condescending mouth.

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  • Agree with you Prodigal.Incidentally are Toni Moore and Caswell Franklyn loyal Up and On soldiers?

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  • Prodigal “give them hell union even if it affect me” what a jacka.sss . Not only u although i wished it would have ..not only u but the whole island internally and externally in that goods and services are transported in and out of barbados to various destinations which include business.
    Internally means that business and individuals who are awaiting products can be severly impacted by loss of gross revenue which can impact the bottom line leading to job losses for individual household.
    Not is a time for govt to call and emergency session of parliament to lay out a way forward to deal with this madness.
    Country first

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  • @ac November 18, 2016 at 9:01 PM “Country first.”

    But ac. WE ARE THE COUNTRY..

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  • @AC

    you had a good run with distorting, it has to come to an end sometime, now is the time for the people/voters to put country first , the DLP party is a set of persons with minds that are deform by the practice of distortion, we hear every time your PM uttered

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  • @ Anonymous6 November 18, 2016 at 7:30 PM
    “@Colonel Buggy the govt will be paying the vat man on these US$250, US$500 tickets even the complimentary ones? I wonder.”

    Good question that will never be answered by the BRA. It will be interesting to see if Al Gilkes would make it a point to query.

    But why quote ticket prices in US$? Are the organizers ashamed of their own currency?

    If you are celebrating 50 years of so-called Independence why not big up your own currency? Or are they trying to send subliminal messages that US$ will soon be the tradable currency of the realm with the Bajan dollar not worth even the paper it is printed on or has the same value as that floating on the roads on the South Coast.

    Who or what gives the organizers of the most inappropriate black-tie fete or gala (why this European construct of a dress code after 50 years of Independence instead of a more ‘indigenous’ version) the right to trade in foreign currency?

    It would be most surprising if Greenverbs Parris (a most estimable pal of the PM) will be in attendance. After all, he claims he is now living in abject poverty as a result of his assets being frozen. But that’s the whole reason for the giving of complimentary tickets to your pals and political yard-fowls.
    Ac, will you be in attendance at this low-class affair with your worn-out weave?

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  • @ ac November 18, 2016 at 9:01 PM
    “.. revenue which can impact the bottom line leading to job losses for individual household.
    Not is a time for govt to call and emergency session of parliament to lay out a way forward to deal with this madness.
    Country first..”

    So when the Grand Old Duke of York aka Trottie marched his 20,000 troops up Bay Street against Sandiford what was he putting first? His own selfish political ambitions?

    What about Frank Walcott when he used to close down the port?

    Maybe it is payback time for walking off the job when the DLP was in opposition in 2007.

    Karma is a bitch who likes to bite you in your backside when you have forgotten the past.

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  • May the unions achieve what Her Majesty’s loyal opposition couldn’t.
    May the workers put country before self and demand a national shutdown for November 29.

    Let’s join hands and show we love Barbados
    Lets join hands and show our rejection
    Of the one who now leads Barbados
    Let’s join hands and call for elections
    Cause we tired of this new Barbados
    That has lost all sense of direction.

    Dems, you’ve got to go. Bees, follow Dem please!

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  • Most have to know by now that the DBLP government are crooks liars and scumbags. look how easy they can find tax payers money to boost their own pay and not yours as they TAX and VAT you to death, Time to stop playing with these BITCHES,AND RUN THEM OUT OF OFFICE AND THEN TOWN, Greed minded no good Ministers of greed and corruption,
    Play with them is a waste of TIME, ACTION is needed Power of the People need to be used and stop taking money under the table for your Rights. To much long talk,as they smile and call the workers fools for their games,

    $10 million cut from QEH and find $10 Million for fix up DLP vote buying building, Jobs for votes coming early laundering tax dollars, As no water for the people that can not cost $7million being spent on 50 years of slavery by new white niggers in this government,

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  • It begs the question who advises this administration? At the height of the CLICO fiasco even after it was proved that its former leader was intricately involved in the scamming of members, they chose to publicly fraternize with and vehemently defend the unrepentant Leroy Paris.. Bad for Business…During the recently concluded Estimates debate after acknowledging that the austerity measures were presenting serious challenges to the average Bajan, the members of this administration shamelessly sought to reclaim the enormous token of10% their small salaries.Bad for Business. This is the same administration that disrespected the process of collective bargaining by attempting to issue Option Forms in the midst of ongoing negotiations.They have now foolishly boxed themselves in a corner because they have no leader. Mia Motley might in fact be a despot, but Freundel Stuart is a disgrace. He has brought Barbadians home from far and wide to bare witness to his tomfoolery. The Trade Unions are merely lending assistance..Who permits a statutory head to lead a party around a blind corner? A jack ass leader ….that’s who.

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  • Lord have mercy on us. Those who proudly touted the employees rights legislation, now threatening the very employees……like we living in Poland…..and ya see this talk bout morality? If I bull and you wick we both under the alternative banner….There is a Bullery in Barbados…that is all I saying.

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  • David and the disloyal:
    I say disloyal because, like it or not, fifty years have passed since we were granted our independence. Whether we like it or not time will continue to pass, and whether we like it or not the Dems will either be reelected or they will lose the election and the Bees will take it over. If after fifty years you all are still so pessimistic about the reliance of the country (whoever leads it) then there is not much hope for you. I refer you to an article written on the difference between us and the Cubans:

    Ronald Suárez Rivas (Granma) writes about the cultivation of medicinal plants in Cuba, saying that, “with the experience of more than two decades of sustained work, and good prospects for increasing areas under cultivation, Pinar del Río continues to expand its production of medicinal plants.” Among the species in greatest demand are chamomile, turmeric, ginger, oregano, and aloe vera. He writes:

    Lérida Sánchez Díaz, specialist at the Ministry of Agriculture’s provincial office, explained that work is currently underway on a project to expand the farm dedicated to this activity. The plan is to increase the current six or seven hectares under cultivation to 30, with the addition of irrigation systems and other equipment to help meet the national demand for such natural medicines, and move toward developing possible exports.

    The official reported that also planned is the expansion of the two mountain farms currently existent in the municipalities of de Minas de Matahambre and La Palma, where the climate is particularly appropriate for many of these plants.

    At the request of the Ministry of Public Health, a total of 31 different species of medicinal plants are grown in the province, to produce syrups, ointments, tinctures, and capsules for multiple purposes, ranging from fighting off a cold to lowering cholesterol.

    Production this year is expected to reach around 46 tons of raw material, to be delivered to the pharmaceutical industry in Pinar del Río and other provinces around the country, a considerable figure when considering that the majority of the leaves, flowers, and roots harvested weigh very little, reduced even further during the dehydration process.

    According to Sánchez, among the species in greatest demand are chamomile, turmeric, ginger, oregano, and aloe vera.

    She recalled that the Public Health system’s natural and traditional medicine program was initiated in the early 1990s on the proposal of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, with the purpose of taking the place of certain medications that were scarce at the time, during the Special Period after the collapse of the Soviet bloc.

    Since then, the effort has produced many products to take the place of some which must be imported, and are unavailable at times, but furthermore, the program has gained wide acceptance within the population, thanks to the proven effectiveness of these natural medicines.

    For original article, see http://en.granma.cu/cuba/2016-11-16/cultivation-of-medicinal-plants-in-pinar-del-rio

    This is a people who are proud of themselves, and who continue to contribute to the wellbeing of their country. We instead are trying to tear ours apart, even though we enjoy freedoms the others can only dream of. Its the old mirror image thing. As Errol Barrow said, we look in the mirror and do not like ourselves. We do not like the image we see.

    And Well Well, there is a whole area called Barrage where the descendants of Barbadians who went to Cuba in the early part of the 1900’s who still maintaIN THE CUSTOMS ACCENT, HOMES AND MEMORIES OF THOSE RELATIVES. These ar Bajans who try to find lost relatives. When Barbados hosted the Diaspora Conference some years ago some of them came looking for lost relatives. Some of them found their relatives, others were disappointed because of the disdainful attitude of some of the Bajans. As I said we do not like ourselves

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  • No matter what Hal Austin says here on BU whether informative or uninformative is is met with thumbs down.

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  • All notions of workers’ rights ended with the social partnership

    Regardless of what the constitution says or the pretense of the trade unions

    Workers’ rights were surrendered for knighthoods and an open closeness to corporate, institutional, power

    Workers’ were sold out!

    And the sooner Bajans come to that realization we shall be for a long time living in a fool’s paradise.

    The opportunity missed was the exchange of advocacy for ownership/control of enterprises, even of essentially government run institutions.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Alvin…you read the article, you posted it yet you did not understand it….

    Cuba NEVER gave up argriculture, the government never gave up growing food to feed their people, they ALWAYS put food security, read agriculture BEFORE tourism or the business sector, they have known for 50 years what’s most important…..embargoes not withstanding.

    ……both DBLP have discouraged farming and agriculture in preference of the pimping and prostitution industries of tourism and big business…for 50 years…..that is why they failed, they refuse to add adequate industries to supplement the only 2 industries they have…..

    BTW…what makes you think bajans wiĺ continue to settle for the 2 mediocre political parties DBLP for another 50 years I dont think the younger generation will settle for another 50 years of stagnation and backward selfish philosophies, that you are now trying with your little mind to manifest on them from beyond the grave…..the people will make the appropriate changes while you roll around in your grave screaming..no..

    Lol

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  • Alvin

    Could you encourage your friend the PM to bring CLICOs 2000 odd acres in St.John covered in cowitch,back in to production,you could even suggest growing hemp another medicinal crop.

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  • WHY AM I NOT SURPRISE AT WHAT THE BLACK MAMBA SAYS, THIS MAN IS AH JACKASS TO THE HILT, EARLIER THIS YEAR OR LATE LAST YEAR THE UNIONS HAD AH GOOD CHANCE TO DUN DEM, BUT LET DEM GET AWAY……THIS BLACK MAMBA AN HIS DEMONIC LYING PARTY NEEDS TO BE STOP!!!!!!!!!!!! ALL HE IS SAYING REPUBLIC, BUT IT WILL NOT WORK HERE, WANNA TAKING BARBADOS INTO THE ABYSS. ALL RIGHT THINKING BARBADIANS GET UP IN ONE VOICE.

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  • Workers rights were sold out long before the social partnership, by a hero in the eyes of some people in Barbados, but he was just as evil to many workers, he got his knighthood and also his punishment, by losing the very legs used to stand on workers rights,

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  • The Barbados civil service is for those who were too lazy for private work or for emigration.

    Barbados needs a black Trump to fight the swamp.

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  • Well Well,
    You think this is the only thing I read about Cuba? I have been following closely the fortunes, and misfortunes of Cuba from the time of the Revolution. Of course I understand the article, but you, as usual miss the objective of my posting it. There is nothing to stop the people themselves from doing the necessary things apart from depending on Government either to lead the way or do it for them. There is nothing to stop Barbadians from planting things in their back yards or small plots of land.Cuban farmers are not all planting thousands of acres each. In addition, after the revolution there was land distribution. In Barbados land is individual ownership also, but large plots of land are still individually ownedThus the land owner has to have the desire to develop his own plot of land. The younger people with time, and understanding will choose the type of government, and the people they want to represent them. Since I believe all life and consciousness has ended by the time ai am put in the grave or in a jug, there will be no rolling around for me. The young people will live in the society they create. Our mistake is that too many of us want to live in the young peoples’ world. They have to learn to live in our world and then create their own; where we as older people cannot go.

    Vincent:,
    Don’t forget that there has been no final resolution of the Clico situation. The restructuring process is not yet completed so the Judicial Manager still is in charge. By the way I see from another posting that Duprey is still trying to regain control of CL Financial. You must also, therefore, remember that CL Financial is the owner of CLICO. and its properties. Therefore the PM has no control over what happens with lands owned by CLICO. He cannot dictate what they must do with their lands unless Government compulsorily acquires the property. Even if the cow-itch is burned the land is still the property of CL Financial.Also, it is still illegal to grow hemp; whichever species you grow. Only certain species of hemp have medicinal properties, not any plant. It is still also illegal to export it, or take it into the U.S. or U.K. A government would be highly irresponsible to encourage people to cultivate an illegal crop.

    Watchman, you wrote: “Workers rights were sold out long before the social partnership…,
    Which rights; specifically, are you referring to?

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    “In addition, after the revolution there was land distribution”

    Alvin….as soon as I reached that statement in your comment, there was no need to read anymore of your rubbish….where is the land distribution in Barbados Alvin….thousands of acres are growing bush and cow itch.,,.

    I am not talking about government picking up land and giving to Chefette to build a restaurant to sell fast food garbage to cause more NCDs in the population, or to Cow for a golf course or whatever else government nministers do with the people’s land to collect bribe money…I am talking about the distribution of acres of land to those who have access to the funds for agricultural projects..

    Or…

    As it is in Suriname where each person is automatically entitled to a plot of land….forvthe kitchen gardens or as a house spot to stay in their families for generations.

    You know what people like you who have no vision are known as Alvin…..Carrion Birds, another variety of yardfowl.

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  • Trade Unions doing there best to destroy the economic stability of barbados is not going to sit well with the dispora. The backlash that most are hoping to be a financial bonus for the opposition is not going to happen.
    When the dispora leaves the airport and become all caught up in the celebration of barbados 50th the euphoria of being in a once of a lifetime celebrating barbados achievments are the moments which will resonate and remain vivid as life long memories when reflecting on years to come
    Those on the inside who are political piranha looking to feed off the victimization of an econmy would be in for a rude awakening
    As the saying goes this too shall pass.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Is that your daily wish ACs…then after the wukking up and jumping up followed by hangovers, reality will set in again, you feel black bajans are too stupid to know this, you dare insult the intelligence of over 260,000 black people…how much yall have to bribe yardfowls to go out there and make asses of themselves, just to wake up broke the next day and still have families to feed.

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  • “Trade Unions doing there best to destroy the economic stability of barbados”….ya think? What if they are actually doing what they are supposed to do…get the best results for their members?
    What are unions supposed to do? Fall into line and count their blessings because the government of the day didn’t send home many of their members years ago. And continued to run massive annual deficits under the explanation it was “for the people”.
    This is when the hens come home to roost. What Bajans call “dah fah lick ya”.

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  • Who gives a damn about what sits right with the diaspora?

    They will now see the truth for themselves and come to the conclusion that the dems are liars!

    The dlp yardfowls and their friends from the diaspora can enjoy the celebrations after all………………. the rest of us are not patriotic and we do not love our country………that is the mentality of dems!

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  • @ Alvin Cummins

    you know that workers rights were sold out, that is why you need me to make clearly by specifically naming the rights

    I hear about off island DLP yardfowls, like you, who must have known the Sir, but hear is a newsflash for you, I also knew of the Sir

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  • Tron November 19, 2016 at 11:38 AM #
    The Barbados civil service is for those who were too lazy for private work or for emigration.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Has it ever occurred to you that many of these ” lazy” people in the civil service,saw a need to,remain home and to return something to the government and people of Barbados who have sponsored their education, instead of running, as they received that bit of paper from the UWI or other institutions, to break down the door of COW and Bizzy , looking for a pick.

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  • Prodigal “who gives a dam about the dispora” such a low life yardfowl response
    The dispora make up a substantial amount of forex to this economy as evident in the large influx of their numbers in arrivals as they returned with plenty forex to dump into the bajan economy during the 50th jack a..ss
    Reason why all govts have recognized and appreciate their loyalty and contribution in helping to build a better barbados now including them in the once in a lifetime 50th

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    “Carrion birds are large, carnivorous, scavenger birds. Species include buzzards, rocs, condors, vultures, and swoops. They usually have featherless heads and broad, slow-flapping wingspans. Carrion birds are sometimes found lurking about the bones of dead beasts and ill-managed graveyards.Sep 29, 2016”

    The definition Alvin…the photos can be Googled.

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  • Interesting……all of a sudden the govt finds the diaspora of benefit,presumably for their money,definitely not for the ideas and business plans that were offered and ignored.

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  • Well Well & Consequences

    Thats how both government treat bajans living abroad, send ya remittances and barrels, come for a visit and bring money to spend….but we do not want your ideas and input, kee dem tuh yuhself, ya cahn change tings bout heah.

    They are some backwsrd asholes.

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  • This is the same diaspora, individuals from which , on returning home and therefore have no more remittances to contribute to the country are labeled “Returning Nationals’, with all the derogatory connotations attached to it.
    And how right you are, WW&C, people of all professions have been returning home to that “Cah ya Arse” treatment by Bajans. I’ve experienced it . Some individuals who still operate in a 1950 mode feel threatened by the modern technology, that these “returning nationals” especially for the UK bring with them. The ongoing problems at the Transport Board, SSA, Ambulance Service and recently the Ministry of Sports,among others could have been severely reduced if the advice of some of these returning Barbadians was solicited.

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  • if what many say is true about govt response to the diaspora the diaspora would not presently be falling all over themselves enduring long lines at the airport to be part of the barbados 50th celebration,
    Even Barbadains who are not returning are having special celebration events to honour their independence,
    Meanwhile many here speak in generalizations painting a wild picture on experience associated to themselves

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  • Wunna only want we money.

    “IF THE REMITTANCE figures are accurate, Bajans abroad have sent more than US$1 billion to relatives back home since the turn of 21st century, and the nation’s leader Freundel Stuart, wants that level of giving to continue.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/75188/us-usd100m-diaspora#sthash.OzTQFKKK.dpuf

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  • The reality is that fewer Bajans will return to Barbados to live.

    It is better to to stay where we are and vacation in Barbados.

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  • Bim is excellent for retirees.

    Once they have the wherewithall to leave at anytime.

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  • Commentator aka waiting

    The NUPW, BUT,BSTU are a caliphate of economic jihadists. The BWU to a lesser degree is parcel to the extremists sworn it seems to the destruction of the island’s economy. In the same way the Islamic terrorists take no prisoners in Aleppo and Mosul the mullah Mary Redman the worst of the lot allied to Shepherd and McDoweell don’t give a rat’s ass about locals, tourists , the diaspora, Prince Harry or any one else.

    The facial features of the caliphate’s enforcers Roslyn Smith, Delcima Burke and Wayne Waldron drive fear into the hearts of children everywhere. Adults shake with uncertainty about their families, jobs, mortgages, indeed future as a blackmailed government is on the ropes to the extremists.

    Popular opinion is against the economic terrorism of the NUPW, BUT, BSTU, BWU but that has little effect indeed any call for reason is met by the reply that the heat will be turned up. In collusion with their allies the permanently on go slow customs and the rude immigration officers they aim for the jugular of the economy the tourist industry.

    The fact the diaspora is arriving in numbers for the 50th means zilch to the economic jihadists whose selfish gratification trumps all else . Prodigal Son a BU yardfowl said who gives a damn about the diaspora. The disloyal Prodigal echoed the sentiment of the caliphate . Government is between a rock and a hard place. Were their ears to the ground they know now is the right time for measures via parliament to curb the power of unions. The country will support them.

    Stark choices face the nation – get the unions to the bargaining table or prepare for the economic terrorists masquerading as trade unions to destroy an economy generations of working class people built from blood, sweat and tears. When the going gets tough the tough get going.

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  • Chuckle….Caliphate…..jihadist…..what language…….the govt seems to be a bit worried.

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  • Including in the forex is the substantial dollar amount placed in govt savings bonds by the dispora
    The 7 million govt has spent for the celebration is money well spent money that would show an instant return on its investment than if sitting in the bank collecting pennies on the dollar
    As for the Unions they would go down in history books as aggressive architects whose efforts to besige and sabotage a country best interest was unleashed during its 50th celebration.

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  • ac November 19, 2016 at 6:43 PM #
    There were long lines of Jews at Belsen and Sobibor tripping over each other on their way to the gas chambers.

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  • Loitering,
    Wunna could blame de unions fuh wrecking de economy fuh how long wunna like, ienin dat wid wunna. Everybody and duh cousin know dat de unions din pun nuh go slow since 2008, um did wunna. In fact de said same unions dat wunna now cursing, was wunna bosom buddies when wunna did sending home all dem people.

    Now look wuh gone and happen now, wunna hate dem guts. Well a pit cud only hold summuch shyte before um start to overflow. Samething wid sum people. Duh cud only tek summuch and no more.

    One time um was de world economy dat used to get blame, then um was de opposition dat did discouraging investors wid de lotta doom and gloom talk, now um is de turn of de unions to be de scapegoats fuh de incompetencies, impotency and idiocy dat plauges dis (mis)administration.

    I fuh one waiting good pon wunna.

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  • Raw Bake, Old Buggy,
    Old Buggy, your people made it impossible around the time of independence for any black person to get a job in anywhere other than the Civil
    Service; only white people worked in the Big Bank, or in the cane fields. The people who migrated to England or worked in the cane fields of Florida, or the fields of the “jolly Green Giant” were not, and could never have been lazy. Your people created Hitler. Belsen came about because Adolph preached the hymns, and The Donald was recently singing from the same hymnbook. We shall see how much of the congregation learn the verses.
    If the caps fit the unions let them wear them. Ronald Reagan had the right idea when the Air Traffic Controllers went on strike. He brought in legislation, fired ALL the controllers, disbanded the unions and prevented future Air Traffic Controllers from joining unions and striking. If the unions intend to bring down the government, then it might as well strike first.
    Hants,
    I have no problem with contributing my money to the people of my country. My navel string bury there. Why should I choose foreigners over them?

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  • Alvin Cummins November 24, 2016 at 9:29 PM #
    Old Buggy, your people made it impossible around the time of independence for any black person to get a job in anywhere other than the Civil Service.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    My people around the time of independence happened to be the Democratic Labour Party.

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  • “Hants November 19, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    The reality is that fewer Bajans will return to Barbados to live.

    It is better to to stay where we are and vacation in Barbados.”

    Bajans do indeed have a strange psyche- I often wonder how some person born bred weaned and raised in Barbados can live in those places especially when their standard of living is no better than at home. Most of the vanities there can now be found here in all forms as well but living there is no place for the elderly and is like a virtual prison. There is no place like home.

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  • ” Ronald Reagan had the right idea when the Air Traffic Controllers went on strike. He brought in legislation, fired ALL the controllers, disbanded the unions and prevented future Air Traffic Controllers from joining unions and striking.”

    Do people like you not understand that this forum should be used as a tool for education and not misinformation.? Except for the well known fact that President Reagan fired the striking air traffic controllers the rest is gibberish. The story as recorded goes like this.

    In 1981, PATCO, the union of federal air traffic controllers went on strike, violating a federal law prohibiting government unions from striking. Declaring the situation an emergency as described in the 1947 Taft–Hartley Act, Reagan stated that if the air traffic controllers “do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated.They did not return and on August 5, Reagan fired 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored his order, and used supervisors and military controllers to handle the nation’s commercial air traffic until new controllers could be hired and trained.

    Are you proposing that when and if workers strike in Barbados, they should be fired and substitutes used to carry out their functions at the ports, airports, hospitals, polyclinics, schools, or in whatever form of employment they may be

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  • There are a number of examples of the failure of trade unionism in Barbados: their obsession with pay rises, instead of any benefits to their members; their blind spot to the way businesses are run – just look at their silence in the Banks issue, Clico, Ju-C and the buying up of Barbados by the Trinis.
    Why are the unions not pressing for worker/directors on these boards,; why do they not forensically investigate the balance sheets of these companies? Why don’t they talk about the ratios of CEO remuneration and that of the ordinary office and shop worker (and senior union executive)?
    Why aren’t the unions calling for a review of the sale of the Mutual (it is not too late and vital lessons can be learnt)?
    Why are they not calling for an expansion in adult education and training? Heath care? Road safety? Insurance fraud? Bad behaviour by the banks? About the need for improvements in our secondary education system?
    There are too many questions about poor union leadership other than protecting a colleague’s ‘job’.

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  • You have made a reasonable point. In the same way the unions have rallied behind the Akanni matter they need to do same when taking on ‘capital’. It is evident in the prevailing climate capital continues to intimidate labour.

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  • The union leadership is just like the DLP.
    Brass bowls representing brass bowls.

    It is unreasonable to expect them to pursue such goals as outlined by Hal @6.30AM.
    Can you imagine the meeting at Solidarity House when the union announce that they have negotiated that 40% of the Massy Board must be staff members?
    Shiite man, they members would probably fire the council immediately – led by some idiot chanting “we want money – we don’t want no board’
    …and in any case, who would they put on the Boards? …people like ‘Maloney?’
    What we need are quality people OF CHARACTER.
    Everything else will fall into place…

    Without vision, the people will perish
    A union always gets the leadership (and vision) that it deserves
    No wonder we are perishing…

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  • Even “Q” the only successful thing CBC has was held at the DLP headquarters yesterday!!!!!!

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  • The Unions in barbados are pretentious rather pick on low hanging fruit in the disguise of masqueraders acting on behalf of its members is another reason why its membership does not trust them and quick to question their motives
    The Unions in barbados are poor excuses for good and absolute representation of unionism
    The fact that the Unions would not proceed to the highest order of absolute representation of its members by laying a claim to the pie of workers rights in the private sector is a true testimony of false motives and a disgrace

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  • Soonet or later NUPW under its new President would implode ..
    like too many sharks tugging at the same piece of meat

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  • As predicted the NUPW is on a trajectory to implode , Thanks Delcia Burke

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  • NUPW is bursting at the seams with division in the ranks ..talk about courting danger was the inevitable as the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. In the next five days the climax of the celebration would come to an end and the millions upon millions of people who entered this island through these ports of call and had to endured long lines would have witnessed first hand how a few miserable and unconscionable mugufees choose to close down the country in an effort to restore one man his job.

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  • The truth is beginning to seep out concerning the NUPW and there despicable actions in trying to use one arm tactics to achieve a goal ..this time the NUPW might have bitten off more than they can chew as govt seems resolute to fight them in every way denying them that most sought out win of destroying the economic security of a country , The silence of govt and non actions have become a major stumbling block working against the NUPW best actions of destruction leaving the NUPW looking dumbfounded and confused and like animals eating their young

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  • The problem is that the Union’s Executive membership has continued to have skewed priorities since the Political Parties have selectively fed individual gluttony.

    The priorities are: Political Party – First; Self – Second; Tried and Tested Union principles – Third. They should be the other way around.

    The Unions are absolutely correct in the collective stance to stand up to the Government to support the President of the NUPW. No one in the NUPW should publicly question that stance without being summarily expelled. That someone in the NUPW could even think of muddying the waters with the stance expressed on last night’s TV news is not only alarming but spells the death knell of the Union.

    We and the principles of Unionism just gon’ tru’ de Edders!

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  • That some one /a some one who is a member of the executive council a some one who is summarily left out in the decision makings question the sinister motives of those leading the charge in the industrial actions

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  • Winston Cox, one of the most distinguished our our former central bank governors, has advised the government against devaluation, on the grounds that the gains would be small.
    Given the current situation, small gains are better than nothing at all.
    Mr Cox recommends that the government should pursue other policies. There are two things wrong with this. First, he has not spelled out these preferred policies; and, in any case, the minister of finance has rejected all rational recommendations.
    Here is a simple one: government is spending Bds$240m to give the airport a facelift. It is a waste of money in the current circumstances. Broad Street, a rundown, urine smelling main thoroughfare, is more in need of a facelift.
    It has a department store that dominates it that, in my opinion, is dragging it further down. I often wonder at the return per sq metre in that awful store.
    More important, government could also have used that money to regenerate the City, tearing down some of the slums and re-placing it with modern, architecturally designed town houses, apartments, shops, offices, clubs, restaurants and recreational space.
    Such a development would have provided jobs for a range of people: carpenters, masons, plumbers, painters, decorators, surveyors, electricians, lawyers, realtors, shop keepers, security guards and every other person involved in regeneration.
    It would make the City once more the centre of the night economy, provide new homes for the rising middle class, and would be an investment across generations.
    For reasons best known to itself, the government has implicitly or explicitly rejected these proposals, preferring sticking plaster to cover gapeing wounds.
    If the money had to be spent at the airport, giving tourists a visual welcome, why not develop the surrounding area in to a Seawell new town, with good shops, restaurants, hotels and recreational accommodation replacing rum shops and fish cakes and car repairs.
    I have also long proposed a mono-rail line running east from the airport to Culpepper island in the first stage and reclaiming the land between the lighthouse and Culpepper island, using the reclaimed land to build a small Coney Island/Disney, putting it at the heart of Eastern Caribbean weekend recreation and entertainment and an additional venue for European tourists.
    Since Grantley Adams and the Deep Water Harbour, we have lost the nerve for big developments.
    This remains so since our economic and social historians are so poor that they do not fully recognise the incredible advance the Port made to our island economy – having been built on the eve of the container revolution. In terms of economic development, it leaves Barrow in its wake.
    Yet, for some reason, even the BLP fails to give Sir Grantley the recognition he deserves.

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  • AC;

    Perhaps there was a good reason for leaving that someone out of the planning discussions.

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  • Are we there yet

    So since u put your two cents worth can you tell the “why”

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  • So since u put your two cents worth can you tell the “why”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    …because she is obviously a disloyal, two-faced, back-biting, yard fowl who is only there as somebody’s mouth piece….

    Wait …. this sounds like another AC yuh….

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  • Bush shit what is obvious that u are very good at spouting dog sh.it.
    The lady made a clear and concise case against some of Union top brass so far which has not been refuted by those mentioned and the question is “Why”
    Therfore it stands to reason that those to whom she referred cannot refute or deny with justification what inniss has laid claim in her comments
    However as the old addage goes it is easy to hid and buy land but hard as hell to hid or sell it
    The NUPW is not heading for implosion and the rope which the NUPW belived it handed govt to hang itself might be the very rope which would be used to hang the NUPW as public sentiment and division rises to the top becoming a catalyst and a foundation for the NUPW self destruction

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  • correction

    not ……NUPW is now

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  • LOL @ AC
    …so you did not want the answer to ‘why she was left out’ after all…?

    Wuh…
    If your ‘scratch grain suppliers’ inserted you on to a National Committee to investigate corruption in Barbados, do you think that a sensible committee would allow you to be privy to their plans for catching the crooks (your scratch grain sources)?

    Seriously now AC….!! 🙂

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  • But seriously if what you have theorized happen to be true then it gives more credibility to what Inniss has said by those in the top bracket beliving that she was a spy and that it would be better not to include her
    Which then asked the question if what the NUPW was doing was above ground and free of unethical practices why would the top brass have closed meetings and not invlude her.
    On the face of all of what is revealed are inniss claims that she as vice president was not privy to decision making but Bush shit what you might not have realised in your last comment but have alluded was a respect for a shady enviroment at meetings within the vocal top brass of the NUPW only meant to include a select few .Sad

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  • Joyann Inniss claims that she and other members of the executive of NUPW were left out of meetings but did she say which meetings? I am aware that a meeting of the union’s National Council was summoned in response to Akanni’s reversion. It is my understanding that there was no quorum because Joyann and a number of other Dems stayed outside and the meeting was therefore abandoned.

    The union summoned another meeting and she did not attend. At that meeting, the council passed a resolution giving the secretariat the right to institute industrial action. Maybe, Ms Inniss should attend the meetings if she wanted to know what was going on.

    The meeting that she seems to be complaining about would have been a meeting of union leaders that was held at NUPW headquarters. It was not a meeting of the union’s executive or National Council where she would have a right to attend. I attended that meeting in my capacity as General Secretary of Unity Workers Union along with the heads of other unions. She is not the head of any union and was not invited. Roslyn Smith attended in her capacity as GS of NUPW. The Dems would not stop spreading misinformation.

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  • Our trade unions have been infected with a partisan political virus,

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  • Well i expect to hear more versions of the Innis story as everyone in the NUPW tries to cover their asses and place blame
    Truth unlike milk does not sour

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  • ac;

    I had no knowledge of the why. I only have a little bit of commonsense and the ability to put two and two together. So, if the Unions in Barbados are at last standing up to fight a problem of undeniably basic importance to unionism against a clueless Government, there must be a good reason why an executive member of a union would publicly go against the Union stance. That person MUST be at fault.

    I noticed that Caswell gave the reason above. Thanks Caswell, I suspected it was something like that.

    ac, Yuh gine tie yuhself in knots one uh dese days defending yuh undefensible Government. Yuh!

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  • Are we there yet

    yuh have no knoweldge of the “why” but quick able and ready to accept one mans version of the issue Wuh does that say about you and yuh so called commonsense
    Yuh know what it tell me yuh are just another typical yardbird

    Btw dont worry about me and tied knots i have worn plenty laced shoes and know how well to deal with knots

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