The Caswell Franklyn Column – Prime Minister Threatens Labour Movement Again

Caswell Franklyn,  Unity Workers Union

Caswell Franklyn, Unity Workers Union

I must confess to a longstanding admiration for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s command and use of the English language. Oftentimes, when I hear him speak, I would jot down his words in the hope that some day I would be able to express myself similarly. I am sure that I am not the only one who is awed by his turn of phrase. However, I must caution that pretty words do not necessarily equate to knowledge of any particular subject, no matter how eloquent the speaker happens to be. Unfortunately, every time he ventures into the realm of industrial relations, he makes statements that suggest that he has a mere superficial knowledge of the subject. His pronouncements on the dispute that surrounds the reversion of NUPW president, Akanni McDowall, is just one such example.

Mr. Stuart contends, “we are departing from well established industrial relations procedures” that have served this country well through the last 50 years of our independence. Mind you, these procedures sprang from the Social Partnership that he once labelled as a philosophical absurdity, when he had clearer vision in his younger days as a member of the Opposition. Now older and as Prime Minister, he seems to be the champion of the procedures that were develop by the same absurdity that he predicted would emasculate the labour movement. His prediction has come true. In opposition that prospect worried him but now in government, he wants us to believe that he is so magnanimous that he will protect the labour movement for the benefit of the country as a whole.

The PM was quoted in the Daily Nation of November 17, 2016 as having said:

I have thought it quite irregular that while discussions are going on and clarifications are being sought, that industrial action should be instituted. I say that is not the way we have done things in Barbados over the years.

The NUPW believes that its president has been victimised for his activity as a trade union leader. As far as it is concerned the actions of the Personnel Administration Division (PAD) are also quite irregular and such behaviour merits immediate industrial action for this gross violation of industrial relations norms. Nothing less would suffice. If the union cannot protect its president from victimisation by the employer, it would be useless to protect the average member. This is a battle that the NUPW cannot afford to lose. No self-respecting union would allow any employer to victimise its president for speaking out in defence of its members. The PM must understand that the union is fighting for its survival in these circumstances.

So far, PAD has issued a statement detailing the sequence of events that led to McDowall’s reversion but has failed miserably to convince any impartial observer that political interference in the Public Service was not the motive that set the ball rolling. I am not impartial in this situation; I am an opponent of NUPW and most likely would benefit from any fallout but the perception of political victimisation is too powerful for me to go into any self interest mode. This assault on NUPW deserves to be met by a clear response from all unions. Failing that, it will only be a matter of time before it is their turn.

If Mr. Stuart is so concerned about maintaining a stable industrial relations environment in this country, good sense would dictate that he should encourage both parties to the dispute to revert to the status quo ante while negotiations are on going. To do less would confirm that Government is only giving lip service to the concept of a strong, independent labour movement and only wants one that sings in its choir.

Finally, Mr. Stuart has threatened to fix the voluntarist system that he mistakenly believes obtains in the Public Service. To the PM, I say thanks but no thanks, the labour movement was doing just fine before politicians wormed their way into strategic positions in unions. All we ask is that you do your job of running the country and allow unions to get on with their business. And don’t believe for one minute that politicians have a monopoly on what is in the best interest of this country.

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66 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Prime Minister Threatens Labour Movement Again”

  1. BELLYHURT November 20, 2016 at 5:36 AM #

    Mr Caswell, you I agree with totally. ‘Nuff said.


  2. Well Well & Consequences November 20, 2016 at 5:58 AM #

    Fruendel always appears to be condescendingly speaking out of both sides of his mouth and projects the image that he is speaking to uneducated serfs.

    His uppity, arrogant body language is ugly and off putting, to say the least….ah guess that’s what you get from the rigid, pretensive, brutish, british programming.

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  3. George C. Brathwaite November 20, 2016 at 6:39 AM #

    Very well said. I am glad though that you did not reprimand the PM for insinuating that the union has done a criminal act by attempting to “blackmail” the government. I shudder to think what the ransom is.


  4. Caswell Franklyn November 20, 2016 at 7:18 AM #

    George, my mission is not bringing down the Government. I wish them well and merely want them to do the right thing. If they find that doing the right thing is beyond them, they should do the honourable thing or give the electorate the opportunity to pronounce on their stewardship or is that stuartship.


  5. David November 20, 2016 at 7:23 AM #

    This case like many there is being debated in the public based on emotion.

    This case like many is being argued based on politically partisan positions.

    Just last week Minister Inniss took this matter to the floor of the House to leave no doubt this will be fought on the political battlefield.


  6. ac November 20, 2016 at 8:11 AM #

    The way i see it that two wrongs does not make a right the Union way of disruption and turning the economy upside down does not make for good public relation in resolution which only serves to heaped more anti union resentments,
    The more fair and civilized response for a single matter of this sort would have been for Union to take this matter to court rather than to burn the house down seeking solution
    Their action of placing govt back against the fire in itself places a a whole nation back into the same fiery hole triggering a boomerang effect against union action.
    The place for these kind of super hypersensitive disputes lays with in the courts if no reasonable and rationale agreement is found between the two parties which for the time being protects both parties that is govt and and Union as well as the country interest
    laying the ground work for country and Union interest .
    Letting cooler heads prevail should have been the tone set by both parties rather than an ole fashioned street brawl which does more to hurt than too heal
    We are a nation of laws and adults with higher learning and understanding should make good use thereof

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  7. George C. Brathwaite November 20, 2016 at 8:11 AM #

    I appreciate your position Caswell. I too want what is best for Barbados. Minister Inniss actually inflamed the situation.


  8. HAMILTON A HILL November 20, 2016 at 8:31 AM #

    This administration promised legislation to protect its citizens from scams similar to that which came from CLICO. Has not happened…. It promised legislation to address the out of control domestic violence where far too often women are maimed and sometimes lose their lives. That too has not happened. Now we are hearing threats about controlling the unionized workforce through legislation? Come with it Mr PM, now is the time for your government to show alacrity and BRING IT ON. The energy generated by the infamous second poll that awakened a lifeless DLP home base and propelled across the threshold today’s INSTITUTION OF INEPTITUDE that is your Government, shall be intensified tenfold. BRING IT ON!

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  9. HAMILTON A HILL November 20, 2016 at 8:39 AM #

    Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is a disgrace to my country Barbados. To think that Sir Lloyd in an act of selflessness chose to fall on the proverbial sword, and chances are that you Sir, on bended knees may have one placed on your head while honors are conferred troubles me deeply. You are a disgrace to this blessed country.


  10. Dompey November 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn

    You’re just envious because you lack or is in want of the ability to confabulate with the command of elegant verbal as the PM does. Now a man with such limited ability ought to know that it takes many years to develop a vocabulary that is beyond the commonplace usage, so you ought not prune the prime minister’s command of the English language, as though he is employing it in such away as to sugarcoat the truth.


  11. Dompey November 20, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

    Hamilton A Hill

    Prime Minister Stuart may not be what your perceived in your mind as the ideal Prime Minister, but who is when you really think about it Sir? And even if Prime Minister Stuart did what you and others believe he should have done, he would still be perceived by others as incompetent. But history bears testament to the legacy of a leader because as time goes on, we have tendency as human beings to see things through rose coloured glasses.


  12. HAMILTON A HILL November 20, 2016 at 9:06 AM #

    @ ac……what shite you talking so early this Sunday morning? This all came about because as they say ”de inmates running de institution”. Only a jack ass leader would permit for such engagement at such a crucial time. On a rain affected wicket a team with three good fast bowlers wins the toss and elects to bat…….then wonders why mutiny develops inside their camp. The escapades of Captain Stuart in a nut shell. Through fire rage wunna follow de man from URBAN round a blind corner. I hope the unions mek wunna shite.

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  13. ac November 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM #

    Rather than stir the pot and throw fuel over a fiery furnance ac comment focus on a common ground of the rule of law as a first resort by which a nation is governed to correct an irregularity from such an occurence ever happening again one which threaten the core of a nation existence
    Preferably ac prefers law and order above mechansim of disruption towards resolution.
    There is no win win going forward the real loser is the
    nation therefore against all bones of contention the only rationale and clear solution presented would be for immediate court intervention to save the day.
    The labour minister has that power to proceed which she should be mindful.


  14. David November 20, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

    @Hamilton H

    Understand your frustration, don’t make it worse by banging your head in the proverbial wall.


  15. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 20, 2016 at 10:24 AM #

    Caswell you worth commenting over. You said it well, sweetie. The Prime Minister is just what the prime minister has portrayed himself to be – A MERE NUFF WORDER. I have no respect for this pompersetting fraud who says much about something that is only a whole lot of nothing.


  16. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 20, 2016 at 10:38 AM #

    I could not agree with the intelligent AC no more. Well reasoned. You stated some apt points.

    However, will you be willing to look closely at this Prime Minister and decifer the mule and jackass that he is? Would you say that throughtout his prime ministerial role he can be proud of his achievements which are nuff big words, and a lack of alacrity needed to solve the many island issues, instead of talking shite, adding fuel to problems, and spending 7 million on celebrations during the hardest times Barbados has faced? This man is pathetic to sickening. The mere fact that they have sought to silence the NUPW president with this reversion act shows clearly that these bunch of jackasses and the jack donkies that fellow them could never be thinking straight. This is an abuse of power and actions that shows clearly this administration intends to get you one way or the other, even if it means sinking the country to depts far lower than it was right now.


  17. Pachamama November 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM #


    Your political talk at 7:18 is the same as George Brathwaite’s.

    You used different words but they have the same meaning

    Everybody is Barbados know well that this government could not withstand an election.

    So for you to invite them so to do amounts to an invitation to the BLP

    We’ll like to know how than unavoidable difference will change anything.

    But these are the kinds of things that happen when the emotionalism of one case takes centre stage. Where fundamental issues are willfully ignored, in the service of party politics.


  18. David November 20, 2016 at 10:50 AM #


    Barbadians are not predisposed to revolution of the violent kind or even passive. What kind of disruption do you see possible in your read of the tea leaves?


  19. millertheanunnaki November 20, 2016 at 11:07 AM #

    @ ac November 20, 2016 at 10:07 AM
    “The labour minister has that power to proceed which she should be mindful.”
    To proceed where? To be in confrontation with the ILO and an international embargo placed on silly stupid Barbados?

    The PM and his cabinet also has the Constitutional power to declare a state of emergency to be rubber-stamped by the GG.

    Minister “We Jonesing” ought to be admired for his foresight and ability to predict the future. Here is the perfect opportunity to crack heads and shoot the black rebellious bastards à la 1937.

    Why not invoke that ‘dictatorial’ provision not only as a retaliatory move against those ‘disloyal’ unions but also to deal with the real threat to Barbados; that is, the overflowing shit on the south coast and now in the heart of your already foul-smelling city and soon on the beaches.

    You have been warned over and over but you still refuse to heed sound advice.

    It is not the unions nor the BLP nor the credit rating agencies nor perennial international recession which will hurt Barbados or bring down the current administration but the shit overflowing on the streets.

    You either correct this fecal disaster in the making or face the imminent possibility of Barbados being put on a travel ban in which tourists from UK, USA and Canada will NOT be allowed to travel to this former paradise and now a haven of shit and disease.

    What a sight is foreseen! BMW’s, Mercs and SUVs driving through shite, to tyres deep.

    But we might just be wrong. Why not blame the BLP for the overflow of shit? Why not blame them for not dealing with the fecal matter during their 14 years of fiscal abundance when money grew on trees while forgetting the 60% increase in water and sewage rates in 2009?

    You have been given the perfect storm of a shitty opportunity to take the high road to Devaluation as the shit overflows to the IMF door.

    Blame the Shit and a worse than expected tourist season for your inevitable journey to the banker of last resort to deal with your crumbling social and economic infrastructure.


  20. Gabriel November 20, 2016 at 11:10 AM #

    While I do not deny you your thoughts on the orative skill so called of your beloved PM,I am most definitely one who is turned off by this undignified finger pointing empty shell of vision equating to nothingness.In my humble opinion Barbados has been blessed with orators of class and depth of knowledge and intelligence galore.The kingpins include Grantley Adams,Errol Barrow,the colossus Tom Adams,who when he spoke,not a damn dog barked,Henry Forde,Bree St. John,Louis Tull,Owen Arthur,Richie Haynes,Asquith Philips to name those who,beside possessing the gift of oratory,deep intelligence and expressing themselves without the brashness of a finger pointing,finger jucking that one didn’t see even the inimitable Eric Fly engage to emphasize his points of view.Stuart?The man has no class!Take him and lump him with his inefficient minister of water resources David de pit bull Estwick.Two mock sticks from east.


  21. Pachamama November 20, 2016 at 11:14 AM #


    We were not asking for any type of disruption, at all.

    On this thread and the one above, we are saying that we have been doing the same kinds of things over and over again and ending up in the same place.

    At least we could try possible solutions not approached previously.


  22. ac November 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    Firstly i would not call any PM that have been elected a mule and a because in so doing the same assessment would be pointed towards those who have elected them.
    Would there be areas of disagreement ?Yes Should the PM or govt official be held accountable ?Yes. However there is also a spirit of engrained civilty that should convince and propel a nation to do what is in the countries best interest be it by the ballot box or through persuasive legal channels seeking amicable direction
    No one is perfect ! the running of a country to the satisfaction of an entire nation would never happen under the best of circumstances but better yet is when a nation can set all differences aside working together for the betterment of the country
    What the past week has shown that both parties involved have not been able to close political doors after all the years but have lay low like the fox watching the chicken coop looking for that one advantage. Not good.

    Ps. The 7million in my humble opinion is an investment in the nation economy serving to bring additional fx to the country which would mulitply the 7 million many times over through consumerism which would serve a long time purpose for further development in some of the nations social and economic problems in dire need of fiscal stimulus


  23. ac November 20, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

    miller we have laws to protect country interest ILO laws protect the Unions / membership interest

    it is a duty for govt to proceed by legal channels through our Courts showing no indifference to Unions or disrespect to ILO laws seeking intervention and resolution where there are threats of action seeking to destroy the national interest of the country
    However i read by your comment to solidify the Unions actions as those that are warranted and justifiable even if in turn it turns the social and enviroment to total decay
    Not surprising comment coming from you a sworn bon a fide yardfowl of the highest order


  24. Bajanfuhlife November 20, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

    What we have is an NUPW executive which is very political with members of the executive council deeply involved in BLP politics and who were supported by the opposition leader in their election. They are just repaying the loan.

    That is why we have a union that is so wiling to shut down a country even at a time when Barbados is welcoming home people from all over the world for our Independence.
    This NUPW executive is not about bargaining or compromise, they are about bringing down the government of Barbados just like their political master from St. Michael North East.
    Once people understand the “connection” they will see why the NUPW is behaving the way it is.
    It is not rocket science. The BSTU president is still smarting from the Alexandra issue and on her executive is BLP operative Rev. Charles Morris. Do you think that Charles Morris who recently spoke at the BLP conference is about “bargaining” with this government.
    Donville was right – the NUPW is now an extension of the Leader of the opposition. That will explain why things are unfolding the way they are.
    Bargaining my foot. You do not bargain with a man and tell him, give me what I want or I will sabotage you. That is blackmail.


  25. David November 20, 2016 at 1:10 PM #


    Unity and the BWU are motivated to join the action why?


  26. Prodigal Son November 20, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

    Walter Maloney and Dennis Clarke sat down with the DLP and in exchange for personal gains it was alleged, sold out the public workers. They agreed to a salary freeze and never told their eexecutive far less those who paid their dues faithfully.

    Now all of a sudden, the union is being led by the BLP. The dems are so irresponsible, would never take responsibility for any thing, not my fault. What pathetic wusse .


  27. Whitehill November 20, 2016 at 2:01 PM #

    There are countless Barbadians employed in the civil services at positions they’re unqualified or incapable of doing, they’re in these positions through a system that is an open secret known only too well by the average Barbadian. These civil servants are collecting salaries while delivering absolutely nothing to aid in the growth of the island.
    I don’t know this Akanni person neither do I care to know him or his political affiliations, that being said, this DLP administration in removing him from his position should’ve perceived the ramification of their action. they should’ve been mindful of his role in the union and only in a case of gross mis-conduct altered the conditions of his position. Anything short of that will always be perceived as victimization.

    For too long these black elected persons in Barbados have been victimizing other black Barbadians for simple petty shit, forcing many to seek refuge in the cold while that small minority live like lords and ladies.

    Celebrating fifty years of independence my ass…we still can’t touch certain people just as it was before 11/30/66.


  28. Vincent Haynes November 20, 2016 at 3:01 PM #

    It is interesting to note coming out of this thread and the ” exposing our shame” one,how much black on black violence in its broadest sense existed in Bim going back over a hundred years.

    It baffles me to continue hearing about how the whites/capitalist system/slavery are responsible for our way of life,despite being rated the 9th on the world education index we are still making excuses.

    Caswell has shown up the ineptness of the civil service in this matter… who will be blamed for this own goal?


  29. Dompey November 20, 2016 at 3:44 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn

    Is trying to promote his own agenda because had he been interested in addressing some of the deficiencies in the system of governance there in Barbados, he would have offered solutions to existing problems rather point them out or quote pieces of existing labour legislation to support the bullshit he writes here on BU ever so often.


  30. millertheanunnaki November 20, 2016 at 3:49 PM #

    @ Bajanfuhlife November 20, 2016 at 12:20 PM
    “That is why we have a union that is so wiling to shut down a country even at a time when Barbados is welcoming home people from all over the world for our Independence.”

    So why not call them bluff by declaring a state of emergency and let the Defence Force and Police undertake the duties of Immigration & Customs? Why not allow the returning Bajans and friends unfettered access to their home? Or do you still intend to fingerprint them like common criminals?

    The NUPW cannot force its members to go on strike or go-slow. So let the workers who are in sympathy with your shitty administration turn up for work in their droves to ‘man’ the ports of entry which will be inundated with rich Bajans from the Diaspora.

    Even those who are off for the day or on leave should turn up to do their patriotic duty even for no pay.

    Knucklehead, it is not the NUPW that will bring down your administration. It is the shit(e) that it continues to do.

    Why don’t you clean up the shit that is messing up the South Coast and that smelly city?
    Before you clean up the shit which if left untreated (pun intended) will destroy the last remaining economic lifeline you lot of jobby jokers are talking bare shite about welcoming 15, 000 people to an overflowing toilet and garbage strewn house.

    But you and your low(e)-class administration are indeed at home in your bailiwick of shit and can do no better than the pigs that wallow in mud.

    Enjoy your element, Shitty Bajan fuh life!


  31. Caswell Franklyn November 20, 2016 at 4:15 PM #


    You posed this question to Bajanfuhlife:

    Unity and the BWU are motivated to join the action why?

    I answered that some time ago when I said if your neighbour’s house is on fire, you put the fire out before it spreads to yours.

    Everything that we know so far suggests that Akanni was attacked because, in his capacity as a trade union leader, he dared to speak up for workers at Sanitation and in so doing, he opposed the Government. If other unions sit by and do nothing, our turns will come one by one.

    The Government had reasons to deal with issues surrounding Akanni before but chose to do nothing when they believed that he was firmly in the DLP’s camp. As a matter of fact, I complained and even wrote about one issue here on BU but he was their untouchable blue-eyed boy back then. But now he opposes the Government, in defence of workers and as they say, his donkey is grass.

    No matter how bitter the rivalry among trade unions become, unions will always come together in defence of trade union rights. This matter is much bigger than Akanni; he just happens to be the victim at this time. We cannot allow this nastiness to spread, it must be uprooted and burned before it is too late. If the Government does not understand this, its members will suffer the consequences, ask Delcia.


  32. curious November 20, 2016 at 6:08 PM #

    I was listening to the radio and heard the Assistant General Secretary of The NUPW said that no Politicians were involved in Mr. Mcdowall demotion but a senior civil servant.
    What am I missing?
    Must a President hold a big post. Can a President be sanitation Worker? Just asking.
    If there will be a new BLP government at the next election why not just take back your good job that many NCC workers don’t have now and just chill until next year.
    If the tourists don’t come here for either DLP or BLP government we are in ducks gut.
    The IMF program will go like
    One teacher for 45 students
    So Mary Redman don’t have to bother because teachers will be sent home
    Civil service is too big says Indar Weir so some will be sent home too.
    The list goes on
    You cannot have your cake and eat it too.


  33. HAMILTON A HILL November 20, 2016 at 6:09 PM #

    It is crystal clear that the Prime Minister’s Ball by design is meant to target a certain strata of society. One thousand dollars is an insurance that the Black Cattle would be excluded. Adonijah said it. We didn’t believe. In the hot broiling sun lets join hands and show how much we love this little land. The Ilaro Court gala is for that Barbados. They will stand at attention at the very first stanza of The National Anthem Of Barbados. To the sweet strains of Adonijah’s Two Barbados Fah True, wunna could join hands and tek wunna place. No man can determine your faith……the same can be said for your patriotism. Taking a stand against shite does not make one any less Barbadian…..I HOPE DE UNIONS MEK WUNNA SHITE….


  34. HAMILTON A HILL November 20, 2016 at 6:15 PM #

    Oh and by the way, I too is Bajanfalife…….just not one that can be bought though.


  35. ac November 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM #

    hamilton you sound so silly that one time fee is peanuts when compared to what some bajans pay for an i phone , stop being an alarmist and let those who choose to enjoy themselves at this once in a lifetime event to celebrate the 50th do so in the best possible way


  36. curious November 20, 2016 at 7:08 PM #

    You are underestimating Bajans.
    You call them black cattle like King Dyal. Well trust me up there will be rammed.
    I am convinced that there is no shortage of Barbados Dollars to spend. I was in Pricemart and in that half of an hour I saw what Hamilton call black cattle took out eight 55 in. TVs


  37. FearPlay November 20, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    @Caswell – “revert to the status quo ante while negotiations are on going.” Caswell, would you really trust a politician’s word to negotiate in good faith and to keep their word after the elephant in the room leaves with our visitors for the grand independence celebrations? They will do and say anything now so as to avoid the embarrassment of the visitors seeing that the Emperor has no clothes on. Any agreement made now must be cast in Rock Hard Cement. Better still Arawak Cement as they claim it is stronger.


  38. FearPlay November 20, 2016 at 7:22 PM #

    Curious @7:08 pm Are these the same cattle that will be laying down $1,000 and $500 per plate for dinner with the pm at his Banquet? Poor people indeed! No wonder the m.o.f. keeps dipping further and further into salaries and savings. He knows that Barbadians have more than is needed for a meagre existence.


  39. ac November 20, 2016 at 7:22 PM #

    do not pay hamilton hill no mind he is another jealous barbadian fool living off the rock still having and holding grudges determined to live by the rule “it is better to have a crab in the barrel mentality”
    Most barbadians are happy to be celebrating the 50th in grand style and would fork up whatever it takes to hob nob with the elites


  40. David November 20, 2016 at 7:24 PM #

    The PAD has denied political involvement, how then can it logically revert to the status quo? This matter has to be decided by using some commonsense. When Sinckler sat in on the negotiations with the Unions to discuss opt-in for BRA was this political involvement?


  41. Prodigal Son November 20, 2016 at 8:10 PM #

    The head of the PAD takes her directives from the politicos……….who are they trying to fool?

    When the government went against protocol and announced that the past president of the NUPW be appointed to the Severance fund board instead of the established norm that the current president is invited to sit on the board…………..did the worst ever Labour minister not tell us that it was an administration error and that she would look into it? What happen? Did Walter Maloney not rush to Government House and sign up for the position? Has this been reversed to date?

    We are dealing with a lying deceitful wicked set of people, the worst to ever form a government.


  42. Prodigal Son November 20, 2016 at 8:16 PM #

    Donville Inniss got on like a pop kite as the young people would say in the house………..I was ashamed of his behaviour. He thinks that he is a maguffy………he can say whatever he wants when he wants.

    They had no problem when the same NUPW under DLP leadership held the OSA’s government feet to the fire but all of a sudden they got a problem with the union leadership. They supported Walter Maloney because he was a DLP pimp and carried their water.

    These dems have disgraced the hallowed halls of Parliament. Low class sob’s!


  43. David November 20, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

    Caswell your members at GAIA on go slow too?

    Long wait for passengers


  44. Caswell Franklyn November 20, 2016 at 9:28 PM #


    You asked,

    “When Sinckler sat in on the negotiations with the Unions to discuss opt-in for BRA was this political involvement?”

    You should recall that Sinckler said on the CBC News that I would have been welcomed at those talks. I declined. The simple reason is that his presence at the talks amounted to political interference. In addition I don’t like dealing with idiots.

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  45. Watchman November 20, 2016 at 10:30 PM #

    @Prodigal Son

    you say we are dealing with a deceitful wicked set of people, the worst to ever form a Government in Barbados, I agreed, many years ago a boy used to carry away things from people in the district, he was put in a position where he could not help self, in and out of Dodds, the old people say, he “get put so” I said back then it a joke, one night in an anteroom after a lodge meeting I heard some same jokes talks, about putting people so, but paid more attention because of who were talking, now all these years later after seeing this set of DLP, PM and Ministers,” get put so ” its no joke,


  46. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 21, 2016 at 1:36 AM #


    Firstly I would not call any PM that has been elected a mule and a because in so doing the same assessment would be pointed towards those who have elected them.

    You are kidding right? If you are asking me to respect the name of the PM without looking at the disposition of that person behind the title, you need to think again. Those who elected the Prime Minister did so on the basis that they would have attempted to right some of the wrongs as promised instead of engaging in the leadership of secrecy and scandal that is synonymous with this DLP administration. Under Freundel Stuart’s command, the island is certainly well off base and heading in a direction that is not too positive.

    ”No one is perfect ! the running of a country to the satisfaction of an entire nation would never happen under the best of circumstances but better yet is when a nation can set all differences aside working together for the betterment of the country.”

    This is not about perfection this is about leadership. Dealing with situations promptly and ensuring that the nation looking on, fully understands the modus operandi of those elected to serve. Under the best or worst circumstances the expectation of its leaders is to solve crisis not create crisis of their own. Where crisis cannot be easily solved than the leader has a duty to point out to the nation what part they can play to assist and how they can assist in words that do not seek to castigate and lay blame. You do not wait to the bucket bottom fall out to then try and capture its contents and say it was not our fault.

    ”What the past week has shown that both parties involved have not been able to close political doors after all the years but have lay low like the fox watching the chicken coop looking for that one advantage. Not good.”

    You could not be more truer. However, when the BLP wanted to assist your party said we doing things we way, this is we time and we ain’t listening to a boy.

    ”Ps. The 7million in my humble opinion is an investment in the nation economy serving to bring additional fx to the country which would mulitply the 7 million many times over through consumerism which would serve a long time purpose for further development in some of the nations social and economic problems in dire need of fiscal stimulus”

    AC, even if that is true, even if we get increased numbers of tourist and returning nationals to the island coming for the celebration, you must understand that the final price tag could never be 7 million. It will be far higher than that. I would have to see the final price tag and compare to what the island will earn from the increase arrivals to convince me that it was worth it. Until that time, I am not persuaded that this was a sound investment. Maybe it is because I am appalled by this administration.


  47. ac November 21, 2016 at 6:45 AM #

    what u must understand that the 7million spreads out through out the whole nation to stimulate local business large or small ,it not a big fete party that the govt is having similar to a party one have in a household this money will generate income for small business as well as large so the end result being that the entire nation as a whole benefits
    the financial benefits goes beyond what govt spends the reality being that if that 7 million sat in the bank the return on investment by interest would be very little. if it was invested in a project the same money can incurred cost overruns so to say the celebration might cost more is a far sighted opinion that can be said by any govt sponsored project
    Already proof of the return of investment of the 7million is being shown by the large volume of the tourist and returning nationals who would use their spend in hotels taxis and other form of transportation and shopping


  48. Gabriel November 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

    Its history repeating itself since the rotten Dems seem to have forgotten the fiasco called St Joseph Hospital.Branford ‘goalie’ Taitt inserted himself in the staffing interviews for that facility.That is another example of the stupidity that’s called the Dems.They do not govern by the rule book.They are obsessed with power and think themselves above the law.In the latest brouhaha two have run to Hal Gollop and a third to Michael Yearwood.


  49. Vincent Haynes November 21, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

    Chuckle….despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary,the govts operatives are still saying we did no wrong and are as pure as the driven snow.

    One must really take ones hat off to such steadfastness in the face of adversity.


  50. Retribution-things that make me go hum! November 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM #

    All of the DLP signs and traits were manifested even before the 2008 elections.


  51. hamilton hill November 21, 2016 at 12:55 PM #

    Well attended all inclusive fetes and I phones make for an accurate assessment of the level of underpaid and overtaxed Barbadians.Add to that the fact that bigger and higher populated countries send smaller delegations to conferences than we do. Now more than ever I’m convinced that ac is a part of the treasonous bunch that uses Thursdays to choke the shit out of poor Bajans. Add wunna collective salaries to the list. That too bolsters your argument.


  52. ac November 21, 2016 at 2:03 PM #

    Hamilton do not know why you are getting do all worked up. Nobody is forcing barbadians to join the celebratons but there are some of us who have benefited from barbados generosity in allowing us to have a free education no health care transportation at a cost wherein comparison to other large and more resourceful countries they kcost are much higher.
    I meaning what so wrong with a barbadian splurging a little TLC as a thank u to an island for its generosity for over 50th years.
    I hate to think you are among the selfcentred and ungrateful ones who can only take when necessary and forget to say thanks afterwards


  53. Watchman November 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM #

    The DLP always had a leadership problem,as far back as PM, Barrow , EWB way of dealing with some MP/Ministers was, do what you like, the voters will deal with you, that attitude kept him as PM, the manifestation of corruption set in the DLP, all the others leaders of the DLP adopted the behavior of EWB and we the voters accepted it


  54. are-we-there-yet November 21, 2016 at 6:04 PM #


    Re. your 5:24 pm post.

    I think that your assessment of Barrow above was not altogether correct.

    Barrow dealt swiftly and firmly and even sometimes unfairly, with most Ministers or other underlings who transgressed and there are many examples of this including the firing of the late Dennis Hunte, Cammie Tudor’s nephew. However, with DaCosta Edwards, Barrow’s attempt to deal with him essentially backfired as “Joy” stood up to him manfully and indeed Barrow had to back down when they came into conflict.

    Joy Edwards had no fear of Barrow, unlike most of the others who feared but adulated him to the extent that subsequently some of them took on some of Barrow’s haughty, patrician idiosyncratic behaviours like apparently ignoring MInisters and public servants who met with him in his office by pretending to be sleeping while they were talking.

    Barrow was in the top tier of our Politicians but not near the status that would justify the pedestal on which Bajans have placed him.


  55. DLP (Formerly CBC) Radio and TV November 21, 2016 at 8:38 PM #

    @ Caswell…your love of Freundel orative skills is…noted..and a little hilarious…BUT, I have seen and heard Freundel long enough to know that he is a Professional BULLSHITTER….look up the dictionary to find the definition of bullshiting…If bullshitting was a pro sport…Freundel would have the first franchise set up at him. His lastest…..croakings just confirms it for me….he is an embarrassment to the office of Prime Minister….He has made the office just as ceremonial as the Governor General….he has the leadership qualities of a fart…He avoids the public and when he does he says the most….colourful forms of nonsense on this 166 sq mile rock..
    On the Akanni Mcdowall issue…de IDIOTS on this blog that think that we born yesterday and DEM born the day before just trying to insult the intelligence of right thinking people. I am also HIGHLY OFFENDED by the political polarization this “gov’t”…is using as a weapon to try to mute people….I want to know if Donville Inniss does truly believe the nonsense that comes out of his own mouth!!!!….IT IS THE GOV’T THAT MADE THIS ISSUE POLITICAL IN DE FIRST PLACE!!!!!..UP to now i have not heard one legitimate reason that someone would revert Mr McDowall prematurely without cause except for that fact that he is a so-called BEE and is the NUPW president!!!! IT IS ILLEGAL to do this to say the least…THERE IS OR SHOULD BE NO DLP BARBADOS OR BLP BARBADOS…ONLY ONE BARBADOS!!!!. When Leroy Trotman was the General Secretary of the BWU, or when Walter Maloney and Dennis Clarke was head of the NUPW no one heard of them being “targeted”…Why target Akanni???…because he is young and inexperienced!!!! This gov’t was stoking the fires of war by having its supporters going after Akanni….you wouldn’t think the NUPW wouldn’t react!!!! the senior civil servant that did this made a severe miscalculation…NO GOVT or its supporters…whether it be DLP, BLP NDP, UNC, PNP, ABC, CBC, UNICEF, IMF, RSPCA has the right to victimize ANYBOOODDYYYYY!!!!!!!!!


  56. Watchman November 21, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

    @ are-we- there -yet

    Firing 2 senators, at a show off spot meeting, when the chips were down,man what that ? can you call taking away the functions of a Minister, but leaving the Minister still as a Minister to be swift and firm, unfair man, yes, that why Joy Edwards stood up to him, he was not top tier as a PM, or FAMILY man, he said all he got is for the people of St. John, they got rum, bake chicken wings and his presents sometimes


  57. David November 21, 2016 at 8:46 PM #

    Does anyone buy the argument offered today by David Ellis that Akanni has been more visible as president than his predecessors, overpowering the role of general secretary. Therefore he will attract attention (whatever that means).


  58. Caswell Franklyn November 21, 2016 at 9:07 PM #


    Even though David Ellis is an ass, he sometimes gets it right. The union has a full time paid general secretary that cannot be dismissed, demoted, reverted or anything else by the Government in order to avoid what happened to Akanni. He ventured into the role of the general secretary but that was not the Government’s role to fix. That is purely a matter for the NUPW. If the president overstepped his bounds and intruded into the role of the GS, the Government’s response should never have been breaking the law. It is a criminal offence for an employer to behave in the way that the Government did in this case. Maybe, the union should ask the DPP to intervene.


  59. charles skeete November 21, 2016 at 11:53 PM #

    “ac November 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    Firstly i would not call any PM that have been elected a mule and a because in so doing the same assessment would be pointed towards those who have elected them.”

    True but doesn’t your view of President Trump mirror the above and please, please do not tell me you were speaking of Prime Ministers only.


  60. ac November 22, 2016 at 5:20 AM #

    charles skeete

    my comments in reference to Trump is a reflection to and responses to those things he allegedly done or said


  61. ac November 23, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    This thread has run cold seems as if NUPW is getting a public tongue lashing and now form of disagreement has erupted among its ranks in relation to the go slow


  62. ac November 23, 2016 at 11:38 AM #

    Whats going on at NUPW hearing there are rumblings not unusal as this type of going ons have been closely associated with who is in or should be in charge


  63. Vincent Haynes November 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM #


    I hope the Unions are not running out of steam as some are wishing above.

    The membership must be convinced how critical this matter is to their future survival.


  64. erice November 26, 2016 at 1:26 PM #

    my former work mate has once again change his political colours
    the RED shirt and come to the front and the BLUE has gone to the back .
    cant be trusted ?



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