The Caswell Franklyn Column – Unions and Private Sector March to Bring Down Government

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

On Monday, July 24, 2017 two days before the 80th anniversary of the 1937 riots, an estimated 20,000 people peacefully protested against the Government, by staging a march through Bridgetown.

The organisers claimed ostensibly that the protest was designed to force Government to meet and hear the views of labour and the private sector, in relation to the massive 400% increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy, with a view to reducing that imposition.

The unions involved and the private sector agency made it quite clear that they were not seeking the downfall of the Government. My question therefore is, why not? Since they are taking the country along with them to state of continuous suffering. I take my guidance from the Book of Matthew, which states at chapter 5 verse 30:

And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

This administration has surely offended thee and should be cut off. I do not know of any sane person who could honestly hold the view that this Government is performing well, and would want them to continue.

By now this administration and their most ardent supporters should accept that there is one skill set required to win elections, but yet another set of skills is required to manage the country after the victory. The members of the Democratic Labour Party have clearly shown that they are in possession of the skills necessary to win elections. On the other hand, the people who won the last elections have demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that they are devoid of the care, diligence and skill to successfully manage the affairs of this country.

Since they have come to office, their trial and error policies have impoverished the people of this country to a previously unknown extent, while for the most part, the characteristically docile Barbadians elected to suffer in silence. All along Government was aided and abetted in their mismanagement by the leadership of the major trade unions that appeared to be aligned to the DLP. The private sector, even though bothered by the state of the economy, kept quiet as long as they were making money.

It would appear that the unions have forgotten their role but a mass exodus of members has spurred them to action, to give the impression that they are finally working on behalf of their membership. More importantly for the unions’ survival, they needed to stem the outward flow of disaffected members.

The primary duty of trade unions is to look out for the best interests of their membership. And I daresay, the best interests of union members dictate that trade unions should be in the vanguard of any movement to improve the lives of their membership, even if it means removing a government that is as incompetent as the present administration.

Fortunately for the Government, when the unions flexed their atrophied muscles on their own, they were only able to muster approximately 399 persons. They were given a lifeline when the private sector agency joined in with them to organise the record-breaking march.

As a trade unionist, even though over 20,000 people took to the streets, I am ashamed that the private sector that traditionally treats workers with scant respect resorted to bribing and threatening workers to march, and worse yet, the unions went along with it.

Don’t be in any doubt about my position. I firmly believe that this administration is not fit for purpose and should leave office immediately. Nothing short of a national strike would suffice until the Government leaves office, even if that would result in some short term inconvenience for the people.

However, I must caution the unions that they must be careful who they choose as bedfellows. It is prophesied that a time will come when the lion shall lie down with the lamb. But I must warn them that the time has not yet come and they are in danger of becoming lamb chops.


  • @ David you are the “Bajan”definition of a idiot cause you continue to let people “bad talk ”

    you and you refuse to BAN THEM.

    Your tolerance knows no bounds. lol

    Buh doan mine me cause I does use de scroll wheel nuff nuff.


  • @Hants

    Talk’ emanating from an idiot has no weight therefore it is easy to ignore.


  • Carson,
    Be careful who you twin me with.


  • Carson C Cadogan


    Sorry to mash your corns about not having a vote and old pensioner.


  • @Carson C Cadogan August 1, 2017 at 10:15 AM “Owen Arthur went all the way to Jamaica for a wife.”

    Ah, but at that time Owen was young and in love, and when we are young and in love we tend to marry among the available pool of potential mates, and when Owen was in Jamaica, the available mates were Jamaican women. So leave Owen and the previous Jamaican sister, and the current Bajan sister alone for me please.

    What’s wrong with our current Cabinet, many (most?) of whom did not spent their youth outside of Barbados including our Prime Minister that they won’t marry black Bajan women?

    And you want black Bajan women to vote for you?


    By your deeds we have known you.


  • We know that you do not love black people that much.

    We know you for the users that you are.

    No votes for you.


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Lol…….again, truly amusing.


  • Caswell Franklyn

    By the way, Arthur got his second black wife from Arthur Seat (St. Thomas).

    Sent from my iPad


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Cant make any of this


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Carson…this is what will continue to haunt yall…the whole governmrnt, this Eupsuf dude’s file disappeared from the police, when will the attorney general order the office of DPP and police to reconstruct the file so justice can be served…11 million dollars in cocaine and who knows how many guns,.

    What is ironic… the Adam family from St. Thomasm Husband’s Heights and Fontebelle are closely connected to BLP…through a decades old working connection to Billie Miller’s office….

    …. it’s DLP in government, why is this indian dude not in prison.

    “On Thursday October 14, 2010 Suleman Esuf was granted bail of 1 million dollars with two sureties of $500,000.00 in the Bridgetown Traffic Court. We recall Esuf was charged with having a traffickable quantity of cannabis stated as 2778.38 pounds with a street value of 11 million dollars. It should come as no surprise that Esuf was granted bail. In our system of jurisprudence a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. In a case which does not involve rape or murder and if you have the money for the best lawyers little time is spent on remand. In this case Esuf had a cooling-off at Dodds prison for one month. He returns to court March 8, 2011.

    BU continues to be very perturbed at the lawlessness which has become prevalent in our small society. The establishment in Barbados maybe comfortable with Commissioner Darwin Dottin’s statistics but a more than…”


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger


    11 million dollars in MARIJUANA and who knows how many guns,.

    Aam sure the cocaine was never caught.,


  • Hmmmm……I wonder if any Operative could explain this waste of foreign exchange by their foremost contractor…….

    SEVERAL BAGS OF Rock Hard Cement are being dumped behind a quarry at Lears, St Michael.

    The dumping of the hardened substance started earlier this year.

    This column received several photographs showing piles of bags of cement discarded at the site near to Preconco at Lears and at another St Michael location.

    When some of the photographs were sent to Mark Maloney, chief executive officer of Rock Hard Cement, he charged that “it was another attempt by people to mislead the public but Rock Hard sells quality cement”.


  • We remember well how this DLP has used race to cover its failings.

    A contradiction about Bajan politics is that the BLP has been more likely to respond to arguments based on race theory or racism as institutionalized than the DLP.

    That is the truth. Not that the BLP is any better in total. For the Bees it has been about shedding its image as a White man’s party.

    Our point is that the issue of race should not be abused in that manner.

    We remember well how Don Blackman carried that issue to the hilt in the 1986 elections, purely for political reasons.

    Under Errol Barrow, who never gave an uck about real racism in Barbados. He was the man who gave us the public order act.

    And now we have this Carson Cadogan seemingly with license from those who would have him on a leash, like the proverbial dog, barking about race as if the DLP has a right to abuse Black people in this way any number of times.

    If the DLP were serious about race or economic racism in Barbados they would have paid attention to the United Nations study, 2000 circa.

    It was the same Barrow who said that FJS was a coward. No coward can’t deal with real issues regardless of how many barking dogs like Carson Cadogan he has.

    Cadogan your pink panties are showing. We see that you are expecting a massive defeat at the next election. And that is why race is to be the substitute to explain your DLPs failures.


  • @Nationnews “When some of the photographs were sent to Mark Maloney, chief executive officer of Rock Hard Cement, he charged that “it was another attempt by people to mislead the public but Rock Hard sells quality cement”.

    Rock Hard may offer quality cement for sale [I am no judge of cement] but a seller can only sell if buyers are willing to buy. Are sales at Rock Hard down then? Once cement is made into concrete the concrete will last hundreds of years, but unworked cement kept in a damp place [and isn’t all of Barbados a damp place] won’t last too long.

    Is Rock Hard dumping product because they cannot get it sold?


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Wasted foreign exchange. .


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    This should tell the present government something, if they are not too self absorbed to understand, just the thought is sending racists into a frenzy….although it’s just a movie.

    “The idea of black people getting their own country — and building it into a stronger country than White America — was enough to send racist Twitter users completely off their rockers.

    On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it was producing a new series called Black America, an alternative history of post-Civil War America in which black Americans were paid reparations in the form of three Southern states that they could use to found their own country.

    “It envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny,” reports Deadline Hollywood. “The sovereign nation they formed, New Colonia, has had a tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship with… the United States… Today, after two decades of peace with the U.S. and unprecedented growth, an ascendant New Colonia joins the ranks of major industrialized nations on the world stage as America slides into rapid decline.”

    The idea of black people getting their own country — and building it into a stronger country than White America — was enough to send racist Twitter users completely off their rockers.

    Check out some of the most angry reactions below.”


  • Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger

    Now we know why MoneyB, John and Vincent are so viciously against reparations for black people, they are cruel and badminded redneck racists…

    Their reasons are completely different to my concerns. ..



    …The company also revealed that senior executives met with Barbados Workers’ Union representatives to begin the consultation process on the restructuring…


  • Alien

    The big question is why do companies restructure, in particular insurance companies? Where are our financial analysts, our financial journalists, our investment analysts, our experts?
    It is this information gap that leaves the nation in a fog of ignorance. Companies do not have to explain themselves, investors and customers do not ask questions, and the journalists just re-write press releases.


  • Is it only Bushie…?
    …or does anyone else worry that Hal only put these posts up to APPEAR to be raising serious concerns …. when in fact he is just asking foolish questions?

    “Where are our financial analysts, our financial journalists”…..?
    Is that not YOU …HAL?
    Where is YOUR intelligent analysis of the situation?
    Why the bullshit?



  • Bush Tea
    You are risible (Thank to Mr Cumberbatch). You try to get cheap laughs as a way of hiding your ignorance. The class room buffoon.
    @ Bushie, why do companies restructure? Inform the forum. And, for your information, I am a pensioner and lacking in intelligence.


  • Alien

    It would appear that the locals do not know how to bring down the Government so the Trinidadians are showing them the way. No lot of talk and televised meetings, just put workers on the breadline and blame it on NSRL and Government generally.

    If that doesn’t work, nothing will.

    Sent from my iPad


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