Strike Action During a Pandemic!

The ongoing dispute between Unity Workers Union (UWU) and government exposes the boast we are an uneducated people. It seems the height of ignorance actors on both sides are unable to resolve a dispute involving healthcare workers during a pandemic. This has occurred in a country with a social partnership established with a mandate to prioritize a space to facilitate consultation, dialogue and collaboration. It must be stated Caswell has written in this space his lack of confidence in the social partnership. 

The blogmaster has no bone in the fight EXCEPT to acknowledge the life of a human being is priceless. If it is the grievances fueling the dispute for whatever reasons cannot be quickly resolved because of weighty imponderables – the raging pandemic has created the opportunity for reasonableness between the parties to be exercised. To maintain intractable positions with omicron starting to spike our rate of infections is an admission of idiocy. Bear in mind Barbados’ heavy dependence on tourism and the negative impact an elevated positivity rate will have on the country’s ability to earn precious foreign exchange. There is the possibility government’s finances may collapse and compromise its ability to service public sector payroll.

According to reports strike action about 100 strong is expected to take place this morning, a clear indication the chasm which exists between the two sides. If UWU backs down it may be interpreted as a defeat especially for the peppy head of UWU Caswell Franklyn who is fighting to increase his share of membership. If the government gives in, it opens the door for the industrial relations climate to become active at the worse time for government managing tanking revenues. 

Of concern to the blogmaster is the role Most Honourable Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic has been reported to have played so far. It was reported the former schoolmates Bostic and Franklyn had agreed to a third party mediator to move the dispute along. According to Caswell Prime Minister Mottley vetoed the meeting after her request for striking workers to return to work was rejected. This slammed the door shut on possibly resolving the matter or at minimum depositing it in the abeyance bucket. The call of a snap general election eighteen months from when it is constitutionally due ensures the door remains closed. This is the second time Bostic has found himself in a pickle in recent months. His surprising admission he knew nothing about an arrangement between a Mark Maloney led initiative and government to procure AstraZeneca Covid 19 vaccine from a non traditional procurement source continues to tug at sensible minds. It surprised many including the blogmaster that Bostic and the permanent secretary- who signed off on the strange arrangement- were conferred high national honour. Through it all the phlegmatic Bostic has been serving out his final days having given notice of retirement from politics in October 2021.

In the system of government we practice all ‘big works’ related matters continue to lead to the first among equals in Cabinet. Hopefully in the debate to come about reforming the Barbados Constitution, whichever party wins the upcoming election, Barbados will seize the opportunity to create relevant constitutional clauses to ensure decision making by the executive becomes more decentralized from the prime minister led approach synonymous with a dictatorship.

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  • Nurses to march

    About 100 expected to protest through City
    by MARIA BRADSHAW
    mariabradshaw@nationnews.com
    THE STRIKING NURSES will be marching through Bridgetown this morning.
    Head of the Unity Workers Union (UWU), Caswell Franklyn, said about 100 nurses bearing placards will march from Cheapside to Golden Square around 10 a.m.
    He told the DAILY NATION yesterday at his Belleville, St Michael headquarters where some of the nurses were gathered preparing the placards that the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit had given permission for 100 to be involved in the march but others will stand on the side-lines.
    He noted all COVID-19 protocols will be followed and there would also be police presence.
    The action he said was as a result of nurses feeling as if their concerns were still not being addressed.
    “The people are more concentrating on elections and forget that they got nurses issues out there,” Franklyn said.
    He revealed that a planned meeting between himself and outgoing Minister of Health The Most Honourable Jeffrey Bostic had also not materialised.
    “The minister made arrangements to meet with me and then he got overruled . . . and then they called elections. He called me and even gave me the option to name the day and the time and he agreed and then little over half hour before the meeting was supposed to start the next day, he called me and he said he sent off the information to the Prime Minister and we are not meeting – the nurses are not back to work,” Franklyn said.
    This is now six weeks that the nurses have been involved in industrial action which includes not reporting for work.
    Reports indicate that last weekend the strike hit the hospital hard with several wards affected and some nurses on duty forced to do double duties.
    A senior nurse told this newspaper the number of nurses joining the action continues to grow, in spite of more than 100 of them having their salary docked for all of December. “We have been disadvantaged from having not been paid, but we can’t stop now.
    We are in this for the long haul. Some of our members are starting to feel the pressure from banks and credit unions where our mortgages are and where we have outstanding loans, but there is a lot of support out there for us. Some people have been offering nurses financial support because they feel their action in principal is the right thing to do,” she said.
    The UWU held a special Zoom meeting on Tuesday to help prepare for today’s protest action and it
    attracted more than 200 participants, inclusive of nurses from many of the country’s polyclinics, the Geriatric Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
    A source said: “We have seen more nurses from the QEH get involved. In every instance, nurses from the QEH do not always agree with the stance of the Nurses Association and this is an example of that. Many nurses from the QEH are on board with us.”
    Reports indicate that nurses from the Brandford Taitt Polyclinic in Black Rock, St Michael, the David Thompson facility in St John and the District Hospital in St Philip have so far opted not to participate in Unity’s industrial action.
    This is now six weeks that the nurses have been protesting the introduction of safe zones and a number of outstanding issues relating to the terms and conditions of service.
    However, three weeks ago Bostic said he had met with the Nurses Association and a number of the outstanding grievances had been settled.

    Source: Nation

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  • The Barbados Opposition are weak
    They’re milking a handful of criticism
    Plagiarised when people spoke out
    But, they have not bought the Cow

    13 days to go.
    Kung Fu Fighting

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  • Soundclash Round 3
    King Tubby vs. Dreadzone
    Dub the Right Way
    In the Right Way

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  • Another faux pas out or arrogance on the government’s part.

    How could UWU present issues and grievances. Not receive a response or a meeting. Take the action it deemed necessary. Then be publicly castigated and condemened aby the PM at a social partnership meeting. Then the PM disappears from the scene and calls an election. All the while Bostic negotiates with the BNA who does not represent the nurses in UWU.

    No dog in this race, but, a PM who cares would seek to SOLVE the problem rather than letting personal feelings about Caswell cause her to overstep her bounds and INFLAME the problem.

    The other unions if they were worth their weight in salt would seek to work WITH Caswell towards a SOLUTION rather than running behind a coattail to sing stupidly for supper.

    BSTU – Mary Redman hasn’t said a peep in months
    BUT – Pedro has on his running shoes
    BWU – Toni Moore as an MP and BLP spokesperson can NEVER be unbiased.
    NUPW – Akanni successfully killed that Union with the PM’s backing. Akanni Maths: 23% = 4.5%
    CTUSAB – Edwin O’Neal. Now Security consultant with the Marijuana Authority

    All public servants should take notice.

    Just observing

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  • Didn’t realize Edwin O’Neal was co-opted and now also compromised.

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  • MM’s tactic to distract the populace during an election campaign is in-comprehensible rather than deal with a MAJOR healthcare pandemic staffing issue. The world is struggling with healthcare capabilies and staffing issues and pulling out all stops to protect the healtcare of their populations. MM is instead flexing her powers to the detriment of citizens healthcare.

    Welcome to the new REPUBLIC DICTATORSHIP.

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  • This strikes brings to mind the a similar scenario the Alexandra issues which originated under the blp and took almost twelve years to resolved
    Stubbornness and arrogance by this govt is in part the underpinnings of the strike long life
    Never mind the problems with which the strikes brings to the health care system
    Never mind that the short staff of nurses has become burdensome for thoses nurses on staff who are overworked and frustrated trying to make up for the shortages
    All this PM sees is a Strike and by all means govt will stay the course no matter whose life’s are affected
    Sad
    Leaders lead

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  • Deepen
    Bajans are just going to have to learn how to be healthy and strong mentally physically and spiritually adopting self care and self healing practices so they don’t need hospitals or healthcare services as hospitals and healthcare services do not have the resource capacity to cope with current situations as they are understaffed due to Covid + Strike Action. They will have to revert to old traditional wisdom that has been developed and used for thousands of years called exercising as their only remedy for curing themselves.

    There are a plethora of eastern disciplines available to learn but they will have to be willing to do them.

    What does it mean to deepen your practice?

    I think you have to know, or be curious about, your why in order to answer that question.

    And look, you don’t have to know your why.

    But you can commit to the process of finding it.

    x

    In this practice we deepen our relationship with the subtle body and contemplate breath as spirit.

    Breath as your true self.

    What if?

    When we take time to nurture the relationship with our subtle body and breath, we are creating a sense of wholeness, of feeling complete, more true.

    This can then lead to us feeling more confident and more capable of loving ourselves.

    And that of course can have a beautiful ripple effect, a movement beyond ourselves.

    So as we begin to add more vocabulary and depth through visualization and imagination remember,

    How you move matters.

    I am really excited to guide you through this practice. You won’t regret showing up today. (Nor will your hips.)

    Showing up and committing to being here no matter what the circumstances – this is one of the pillars of home practice.

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  • emotionally

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    Observing January 6, 2022 7: 7 AM

    If this is how you are “observing” then I recommend you get a prescription for glasses or binoculars. This strike action didn’t follow the usual grievance resolution protocols that serious workers unions follow. Caswell wants a govt to come to him to resolve a wildcat strike. If the govt comes to him to resolve grievances in this way it will “legitimize” all wildcat strike action at least in the public sector. IT CANT HAPPEN!!!! I even heard Ms Depeiza herself commenting that the only issue she had with the nurses demands was if they were all attainable at one time. Going by this, there is scope for negotiation.
    I myself didn’t hear/see any structured “demands/proposals” from the union. We have to separate the issues:- the demands of the nurses from how the UWU itself is trying to resolve the matter. Caswell wants to “strong arm” the govt. How is that effectively helping the nurses getting paid or motivating govt to reach to a point of resolution to the matter VIA THE UWU?
    According to the article that DavidBU posted and also what i heard in the mass media. the Nurses association was able to resolve SOME of the issues via the Minster of Health. It seems to me that the nurses are better off negotiating via the Barbados Nurses Association.

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  • Scores of nurses are expected to take to the streets on Thursday to force Government to address their concerns, including the need for better working conditions and increased pay, health insurance, improved nurse-to-patient ratios, remuneration for degrees and continuous training.
    Xxxx
    Meanwhile BAMP says govt exclude them from the process /discussions when making decisions to hold election during the pandemic

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  • It’s clear that the government intends to defeat and humiliate the striking nurses as an example to other workers. That is an outcome that Barbados cannot allow. It is well established in industrial relations what happens when the situation that workers are in compels them to take strike action. The management and the workers’representatives sit down and discuss the problems so that an agreement can be reached which allows the striking workers to return to work. Demanding that the nurses must surrender and return to work before the government would even talk to them shows that we’re dealing with an anti-working class government. Let’s make the government’s attacks on the nurses the number one election issue.

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  • @Tee White

    Where is your assertion established in industrial relations about staying of the job while agreeing to return to the job? The blogmaster’s position s simple, Caswell should have agreed to return to the job and have the sit down with government for two reasons – 1. We are operating in a pandemic and 2. grievances have been long standing, years. (Note the blogmaster is not saying nurses should not be paid their salary).

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  • @blogmaster
    When workers come out on strike demanding negotiations to address the issues that caused the strike, it would make no sense to end the strike until there is a clear agreement to tackle the underlying issues. If the strike is called off short of any agreement, what is to stop the employer from simply dragging on the situation that is unacceptable to the workers? How many years have the nurses been raising their issues without resolution? As for the pandemic, isn’t that all the more reason why the government should urgently sit down with the representatives of the striking nurses, without preconditions, and resolve matters? Doesn’t the government have any responsibility in the pandemic to urgently address the nurses’ issues and stop trying to turn it into a political tussle between them and Caswell?

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  • @Tee White

    Many things do not make sense when observing the table tactics around the IR table. To reiterate the point- we are operating in a pandemic and the issues raised by the union are long and complicated to solve some of them. In the prevailing environment Caswell backed himself into a corner. Let us pray good sense prevails to create a win win position.

    To your beginning point, if Caswell had agreed for the nurses to return to work and discussions failed, he had the option to call back out the workers. Sometimes you have to make it up as you go along.

    That said the blogmaster wishes Caswell and team well. It is the reason for posting another blog on the matter while traditional media is mad on the campaign trail.

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  • Bottom line ( pun intended ).

    She who wipes my wrasse when I am immobile on a hospital bed should be paid her salary on time every time.

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  • @DLPTV
    Based on Caswell’s statements (and I could be wrong) the grievance process was started and was at Gail Atkins’ desk when talks broke down. The concerns raised are not new.

    Therefore, he is within is right to strike OR refer to the Chief Labor Officer. The choice is his, not ours.

    I recall Mary Redman and the Alexandra issue a few years ago that mirror this but was applauded by some now in government….for obvious reasons.

    I will also ask you to look at the Grievance Handling procedure and note the use of the word “may”

    Also, Prime Ministers step in to HELP industrial matters NOT make them worse. Everyone knows that the demands CANNOT be resolved overnight. Caswell is on record as saying that. The issues is that NOONE from Health, the Government or the Civil Service as given UWU the duly required dignity of a response or a meeting to resolve the matter.

    Just because other unions have chosen to bow down to the master does not mean that everyone has to.

    Lastly you said that “the Nurses association was able to resolve SOME of the issues via the Minster of Health”

    That is great, but workers choose their unions and their representatives, NOT US OR THE EMPLOYER.

    Just observing

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  • @Hants

    From what was reported on the grievances pay is one of them.

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  • @Observing

    What you wrote cannot be refuted BUT the consequences must be managed by UWU in the interest of members given the options possible. Paying the nurses should be an easy fix facilitated by the PAD and Bostic. Too much politics here.

    Again the blogmaster wishes Caswell well and hopes he read the play correctly on the chessboard. Caswell has a very polarizing style of doing things which maybe irrelevant in the prevailing environment.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David BU

    I am happy to see that you have come around o the notion that it is a Board Game. I hope no one gets “huffed”. And there is minimum damage to the citizens of Barbados.

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  • @Vincent

    The blogmaster is aware of many things that are masked sometimes by having to take provocative or sometimes folish positions.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu
    Thanks for the clarification. This Septuagenarian is losing brain cells.

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  • Do not sell yourself short Vincent! Successful societies are made and sustained by wise old souls.

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  • @DAvid
    “Caswell has a very polarizing style of doing things which maybe irrelevant in the prevailing environment.”

    No argument from me here. Trade unionism in this particular context is however about getting and maintaining the upper hand to move towards resolution. Caswell knows this well.

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    Observing January 6, 2022 10:38 AM
    @DLPTV
    “Based on Caswell’s statements (and I could be wrong) the grievance process was started and was at Gail Atkins’ desk when talks broke down. The concerns raised are not new.”
    BASED on CASWELL STATEMENTS. What is missing is what happened subsequent to motivate the govt to directly go at the nurses (or the nurses under the UWU)? Going after civil servants is one of the riskiest moves, politically, that a govt can do.

    “Therefore, he is within is right to strike OR refer to the Chief Labor Officer. The choice is his, not ours.”

    Caswell can do whatever he likes!!! The question is if what he is doing/has done is getting the nurses closer to any resolution

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  • @DLP
    “The question is if what he is doing/has done is getting the nurses closer to any resolution”

    Can’t argue with you there my brother/sister. To each his own.
    What’s clear though is that there are more than a dozen nurses who are willing to publicly march and demand their rights. As a people that at least has to be respected.

    Just observing

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, why r mixing ‘metaphors’ so strangely this morn…😇

    You said “… if Caswell had agreed for the nurses to return to work and discussions failed, he had the option to call back out the workers.”

    That’s solid strategic thinking … but then you upended thoughts of planned action from a very experienced IR practioner with “Sometimes you have to make it up as you go along.”

    Do you REALLY expect that’s a winning option in this hard scrabble situation vrs a PM who will cut off your cajones if u are muddling through.

    And this little gem of contradiction:
    “Caswell has a very polarizing style of doing things which maybe irrelevant in the prevailing environment.”

    Seriously, bro irrelevant!

    I imagine you intended to say ‘RELEVANT’ … yes at this stage of strike action and too the ‘cadence’ of the egos involved it all creates an environment of heightened polarization BUT Sen Franklyn is yet still a very self confident, combative persona and his style could be quite relevant when dealing with a similar uber alpha persona! …. Just saying … the term mediation or a mediator would be ‘relevant’ 😇 in cases like this, fah sure.

    Anyhow, all that said I definitely liked your (tongue in cheek) description that:
    “His surprising admission he knew nothing about an arrangement between a Mark Maloney led initiative and government […] continues to tug at sensible minds. It surprised many including the blogmaster that Bostic and the permanent secretary- who signed off on the strange arrangement- were conferred high national honour”

    Indeed, surprising and then not so … they were rewarded for doing as they were ‘advised, not so… as incredulously unbelievable as it may seem.

    That’s what team players do: tow the leader’s directive and don’t be polarizing!

    Some of us real try hard but we can’t ever fit that model perfectly! Ah well.

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  • Q: What is healing?
    A: Healing is a continuous process

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  • I should not be commenting because of what has happened to me in the past.

    circa 1970: Had a serious accident that required major surgery and spent a couple weeks at the QEH.

    Forever etched in my memory is the kindness and caring of the nurses.

    If any uh wunna ever had to be cared for by nurses you would understand why I support the nurses who are on strike.

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  • @Observing

    Caswell attracted a good crowd this morning. We are glad for him. Hopefully it may force the issue.

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  • @David
    Just causes usually get support. The PM made this an issue the type it is with that press conference she held. I will say again, the other union leaders should disappear and hold their heads in shame.

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  • I support the march without any reservations. Since many nurses are unvaccinated, they will spread Omicron like a raging fire among the mindless, unvaccinated masses in St Michael.

    It’s called natural immunisation. Any deaths among the nurses are just collateral damage.

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  • @Observing

    Caswell has shown he has reasonable support let us hope the government responds sensibly. This nonsense needs to stop.

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  • He could let them go back to work and if negotiations stall they could go back out.
    Now what if mia legislates them back to work before the election, who would you vote for? Do you really think that a majority back nurses being on strike even though they may agree with their grievances.
    As suggested they the nurses should go back to work before she can act and keep the upper hand..

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  • One suspects the government will string this out until after the election. The blogmaster hopes to be proved wrong.

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  • David do you not think immediate action shows a powerful leader, like reagan and the air traffic controllers. What optic benefit is there for her dragging it out.

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  • Lawson this matter escalated because of politics and not responding honestly to a legitimate union putting forward valid grievances. Somebody in government has to swallow pride.

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  • The masses are serious
    Caswell not backing down
    Hello

    https://fb.watch/amRV4WzSoL/

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  • David I agree with the nurses but they are an emergency service and there is an emergency right now so they better get on the right side of optics or they are going to really be screwed. If a bunch of people die because nurses are on strike they will lose the upper hand. A far better way for emergency services is to give up the right to strike for arbitration with a judge accepted by both sides to arbitrate.

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  • @lawson

    Ironically the nurses have been getting growing public support. A lot of it may have to do with Caswell who is regarded as the legitimate dissenting voice in our system of government. Prime Minister needs to explain why she vetoed Bostic’s attempt at mediation. The other question is why didn’t Bostic resign to respond to the slight.

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  • Angela there is less than 150 people walking there give your head a shake, what masses, he is going to lose any bargaining power if he allows her to act first.

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  • David because she wants a strike so she can show who is in charge by legislating them back, if they can pin some deaths on the strike action the nurses support will fade away.

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  • “One suspects the government will string this out until after the election. The hopes to be proved wrong.”

    Logistics
    It will be strung out until after the election because there is no party in power and parliament has been dissolved and a new parliament is formed from the winners of a majority or a coalition is formed.
    Mia/BLP is not leading the country at the present moment.
    The interim Government is run by Public Servants but this dispute is above their pay grade.

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  • UwU is making nuff noise on the streets of Barbados
    As this election draws closer
    The people nerves are being placed on a hot bed of frustration by a govt who made a decision to close its eyes ears and Parliament doors to the nurses plight
    Today the nurses are once again attempting to kick the doors wide open for all to see
    Shame on Mia for her game ship of playing a deadly game of politics on people’s lives
    The above video says it all

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  • LawsonJanuary 6, 2022 1:04 PM

    Angela there is less than 150 people walking there give your head a shake, what masses, he is going to lose any bargaining power if he allows her to act first
    Xxxxxx
    Bro the Strikers were only allowed 100 people by law

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  • I have seen more people in line waiting for a crack at linda lovelace,

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  • @lawson

    We hope it does not get to that stage.

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    Looks like more than 100 hundred nurses on the march given what we are seeing on video.

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  • David what I was saying in my strange way is its not the producers its not the directors its not union management its not the leaders etc in a porn film its always the chick in the nurses outfit that gets phucked

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Lawson, why that comparison to Reagan and the Air Traffic controllers! Quite different circumstances I would suggest.

    That action by the Pres had some long term PROFOUND repercussions for labour undoubtedly and in the immediacy he was able to effectively break the strike by using military personnel, some retirees and picket crossers … where do you see such replacements in this case???

    Moreover, any such legislation would NOT show her as ‘strong’ as it did him … As said above Franklyn is seen as a positive opposition voice of reason and for her to attempt to quash him as the Pres did to that union would not be a popular step, I would suggest.

    Yes, the action by Reagan was considered a seminal moment of the take down of labour … but I don’t see any such similarity to our local case, atall!!!

    Why should the nurses be hated if things go badly awry … when this govt has simply not addressed the legitimate issues that they have raised!!!

    Why should they be asked to possibly give their lives to save us in the face of govt bad faith and seeming indifference to giving them what is needed to save them and us!

    Wholly different situation!

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  • Dribbler when you live in the fish bowl ya get a little myopic I am looking at it from up here without a dog in the fight, so I can be less emotional towards the issue.
    labour walks a fine line especially an emergency service these arent teachers or engineers when your dealing with lives as a union you are playing with fire lives in the hospital, lives in the air I see a similarity. But you are right some may not return if legislated back but do you think some other country will hire them.

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  • Let us hope the human price we have to pay for this bungled IR dispute is not too costly.

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  • The UWI has etimated the cases may rise to 3500 a day in barbados because of omicron , and some of you really think that the people will back striking nurses LOL. This will be more like firefighters at Chernobyl……oh so you dont want to go in to put the fire out….well just line up against that wall over there

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Lawson, the blogmaster said it well “Let us hope the human price we have to pay for this bungled IR dispute is not too costly.”.

    When you say “estimated the cases may rise to 3500 a day in barbados because of omicron , and some of you really think that the people will back striking nurses” let’s also accept that part of that rise in cases is the core folks who REFUSE TO VAX.

    Thus the entire burden of personal choices CANNOT be that of the nurses when there are actions or lack thereof from the current admin also contributing.

    Yes we want the nurses to be on the job but they are PEOPLE like us and have been at the forefront of this pandemic even more than we have been.

    In sum, it’s definitely a BUNGLED matter with human tragedy on all sides… I believe Bajans understand the nuances and as much as they want their health care workers to be on-the-job they also want them taken care of .

    The chips will fall where they will!!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ dpD at 4:18 PM
    The chips do not fall where they will. Human hands assist the process by playing,timing and throwing the dice. They are several players in this game. Do they have the same motivations? Are there win win outcomes? Do they care about the wider implications and unintended consequences of their actions? Do not blame fate when there are human agents with apparently different agendas.

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  • @Vincent

    Would you agree when dealing with public servants (nurses) the government is the main actor?

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  • @Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV January 6, 2022 8:57 AM ” It seems to me that the nurses are better off negotiating via the Barbados Nurses Association.”

    But do they want to do that?

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Lawson at 3:44 PM

    Pleare note the CAVEAT made by both the CMO and his deputy as it relates to the projection. It relies very heavily on the assumptions of the predictive model. We are still in the known unknown areas of the behavior of COVID variants and the lack of a random sample of the population of Barbados and its transient visitors.

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  • Vincent it doesnt matter how much they go up that wasnt my point even if is the minimal projection the nurses will lose PR battle. You are right there are win win scenarios but striking nurses is not one for labor

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  • @Tee White January 6, 2022 10:08 AM “It’s clear that the government intends to defeat and humiliate the striking nurses as an example to other workers.”

    My response: To be defeated is not necessarily to be humiliated. No need to humiliate anyone after they have been defeated.

    @Tee White January 6, 2022 10:08 AM “That is an outcome that Barbados cannot allow.”

    My response: And how do you propose that “we” disallowit?

    @Tee White January 6, 2022 10:08 AM “Let’s make the government’s attacks on the nurses the number one election issue.”

    How???

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  • Anybody who cannot commiserate with the nurses is a selfish SOB!

    Which one of these people would work without the assurance of regular pay????

    If I die or even if my son dies I would not blame the nurses.

    We have no right to demand slave labour from other human beings.

    Nurses are human beings too!

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  • A little off topic but in my little town we have 35 people in hospital 3 in icu, we have 5 monstrous hospitals that means about 7 people in each one. Thousands of people working there Yet everyday its doom and gloom . I have lost two years of what little time left of my life over a virus that really seems to be a shadow of its old self . So stock up on vodka for my summer bar crawl. .

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  • I cried when I watched that video of nurses marching on the streets of Barbados in 2022 for what they are, in some instances, legally entitled to and in others, should be morally entitled to expect.

    I saw that sign that said, “FROM HEROED TO ZEROS” and I thought how callous our prime minister is.

    Look how quickly she fixed what she saw to be disrespect shown to her father! Couldn’t have HIM walking about without HIS shitehood, could we?

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    Some good news re the virus, vaccines and T cell immunity may do the job, hopefully..

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Lawson.
    The nurses are not striking to win a PR battle. They are striking because of working conditions and failure to receive pay after working.
    Secondly that figure in your intervention is a worse case scenario.
    I do not understand the significance of your statement that “striking nurses are not one for labour?”
    Please note I am not taking sides on this issue. We need to be balanced in arriving at our opinions.

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  • Neither am I Vincent. If the nurses went back to work,( because there is a major rise in cases coming) the people see they have put them ahead of themselves and win the PR battle and lord help any politician who would be against them getting better conditions when this is over. an eventual labor win. WIN/WIN However they strike…… people die as a result…..govt legislates them back . govt wins, they look tough, ….people wont care what happens to nurses complaints because they put themselves over the peoples welfare labor loses.

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  • @Donna January 6, 2022 5:16 PM “If I die… I would not blame the nurses.”

    Once we are dead we tend not to blame anybody.

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  • The clear winner today was UWU who received nationwide media attention across small island nations while making their case known
    Many eyes were opened to a govt who remained oblivious to the rights of the nurses

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  • For once in his life lawson is actually making sense.

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  • Lawson

    Imo. Government legistrating the nurses back to work will only inflame the situation

    Attemptung ti implement safe zones is what started the rucus

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  • Whay Cudhear What ..ha
    Negotiating is common sense, when times are tough you go for benefits, nobody cares if you get prescription glasses every two years instead of three. When times are good you go for money people are of the opinion that in a good economy like a rising tide it should raise all boats. Lets face it barbados economy has been shit for a bunch of years, so that is when the union guys earn there money by getting a raise in the bad times, and how you do that is by winning the PR battle .Even though times are bad people will be more accommodating if they feel you have gone above the call of duty for them. Remember you can win a battle but lose a war

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    “the people see they have put them ahead of themselves and win the PR battle and lord help any politician who would be against them getting better conditions when this is over. an eventual labor win. WIN/WIN.”

    win win for whom…the nurses still wont’ be getting paid, treated right or given the tools they need to perform their jobs, they will double down on treating them like slaves…in their arrogance.

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  • This issue will be in the In-Box of the Next Government after votes have been counted and Parliament has been sorted, although they may choose not to look into it. Caswell be still be union leader of the numpties nurses strikers although relieved as leader of the opposition. Move along there is nothing to see here.

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    Lawson…Caswell has an interview with Barbadostoday, you should watch it. The government is going to show how brutal they can be to the nurses, although they know they are dead wrong and our young people are watching all of this play out.

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  • @kiki

    Are you trying to outdo AC? That first sentence at 8.28am has to be one of the longest on BU. When I got to the middle, I had forgotten the beginning. When I got to the end, I had forgotten the entire thing.

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  • it’s called a stream of consciousness like when people speak without full stops or commas.
    written English is easy to understand but various accents throw people off when communicating
    when Bajans talk it sounds slower than Brits and like they are singing

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  • I support Caswell and the nurses 1000% and today put my money where my mouth is.

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  • Cuhdear Bajan,

    Often one knows when one is about to die.

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  • The blogmaster continues to struggle with the thought of nurses going to work for months without being paid. That it has been going on for years under both administrations. That it has been facilitated by the public service hailed as one of the best in the region.

    Here is the cruncher for this lowly blogmaster – that the trade unions paid to represent them have done nothing to improve the situation. It makes what Caswell the smallest union of the pack more incredible especially if he succeeds.

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  • Yup! Useless unions. No wonder the NUPW and Caswell had to part company!

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  • Dame Bajans,

    Thanks!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, re “… that the trade unions paid to represent them have done nothing to improve the situation.”

    I started to write about which party had the affiliation of each union Gen Secretary and all that … and then I recalled your succinct, perfectly noted:

    “Not sure why so many of you are distracted by fringe commentary. Once you understand the psychology of a person and the motive driving the behaviour the rest is easy.”

    Applies to all our esteemed Union bosses and Caswell too but now his psychology appears to be about fixing wrongs; not about fixing his affiliated party’s appeal!

    Long may he prosper and long may that last!

    Gone, gone.

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  • @Donna,

    I did it on behalf of my aunt who passed in 2007. She was diabetic and spent several months in QEH and after was looked after in her home by a nurse from the polyclinic up Horse Hill. I phoned my aunt every week and she always had good things to say about those nurses. The nurse from the clinic used to go and change her dressings, wash her legs with sea water, etc. This nurse used to go on Sunday, after church, in her church clothes to check my aunts feet, clean and dress them when she did not have to. Another one she met at the diabetic clinic used to phone her to see how she was coming along. My aunt told her she could not get to church, so this lady, an Adventist used to go pick her up on Saturdays to take her to church. For all the time my aunt was in the QEH and even after she came home, Errington Massiah, who was the so-called rector at St. Aidans, where my aunt worshipped, never once visited her to administer communion or pray with her. All he cared about were his pigs and used to stink up the neighborhood because he never cleaned the pig pens and was too cheap to pay to have it done.

    Bajan nurses are unsung heroes.

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  • Another thing that Massiah did was to have my aunts funeral postponed for several weeks. He could not bury her because he had another job to do. He had to work during the writing of the exams. Apparently he was an invigilator. Man of the cloth indeed. Minister of the people indeed. That chigger foot man is gonna roast in hell.

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  • @David
    “that the trade unions paid to represent them have done nothing to improve the situation.”

    Bingo.

    Just observing

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  • @ David
    Name any public servant that can disburse monies without approval from those who control the government’s purse strings.
    Anybody who has had dealings with any other public service in the English speaking Caribbean will tell you that our public service is considered superior.
    The inept BLP and DLP administrations have only saved face because of our public servants, who are usually snapped up by private enterprise on retirement.
    As a young man, I had the pleasure of being exposed to some incredibly professional public servants.
    However, those who drink the cool
    aid at George and Roebuck Street always blame everybody else outside of the new plantation owners.
    Answer one question:
    What have the nurses done to be treated so shabbily by both administrations.
    Who is the public servant that is refusing to treat the nurses with the respect they deserve.

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  • @William

    Calm down.

    If you listened carefully to Caswell you heard him say that the issue of late payment of salaries to nurses (and others) originated with public servants then escalated to the politicians. It is an issue that has been going on for YEARS.

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  • As a young man, I had the pleasure of being exposed to some incredibly professional public servants.
    HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE IN MANY PLACES …….although there were some inferior superiors in the MOH at the top.

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  • @ David
    Kindly answer the questions. No civil servant can call the shots. Are you trying to say that the reasons the nurses have all these problems are of an administrative origin. When do civil servants negotiate with nurses.
    Are you trying to tell me that we can make a decision to assist manufacturers with school uniforms; write off tax and so on but cannot pay nurses or improve their working conditions.
    I am not only calm but enjoying your shameless defense of the status quo.
    Are you completely deaf to all the posts on BU talking about the lengths nurses go to in order to assist patients?
    Did you enjoy your Christmas meal ? Were your friends and political colleagues paid ? Did the MPs get their Cheque ? Are we not spending millions to ensure their parliament is well protected.? Did the public servants decide to pay people owed monies in bonds?
    Aren’t you tired defending the systematically planned atrocities of the BLP and DLP against the masses and workers of our country ?
    I may or may not be calm or emotional but I will never be a cold blooded political murderer on behalf of any political party or leader.
    My conscience will always be my guide.

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    Someone reminded me recently about something i have known for decades, where some of those so called professionals who mostly came from poor backgrounds but with hardworking grandparents, mothers and fathers who were vendors/hawkers and worked extremely hard under harsh conditions to put them through medical or law school and as soon as they made it, they immediately disowned their parents and mistreated them for being poor and Black, these are the same frauds who would want to point fingers at other people..

    these don’t even have the self respect to put these evil politicians in their place for disrespecting them, would not expect them to feel insulted and disrespected on behalf of their ancestors given what happened when the criminals were sent to rob Nigeria…..and am the only one who went after them….every one sat in their comfort zone and watched, very few offered any concern at what was occuring although it could have damaged a lot of future goodwill,,,,,fortunately i was well placed to take action…..that’s why i take no shit from anyone because when it’s time to stand up and be counted, all of them run and disappear and only then you know the few who have your back….but when it’s over they jump out with their juvenile backwardness.that’s when they deserve to BE SLAPPED DOWN.

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  • Are you trying to tell me that we can make a decision to assist manufacturers with school uniforms; write off tax and so on but cannot pay nurses or improve their working conditions.
    I am not only calm but enjoying your shameless defense of the status quo.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    WHY DO YOU EVEN BOTHER

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  • @William

    You are hard ears.

    You need to remove the chip from your shoulder.

    You have this way of believing that your view is the only one.

    Carry on smartly.

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  • Dame Bajans,

    I never did like that Massiah.

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  • The Rev. at St. Stephen’s a real Christian guy. Visited both my parents and prayed with and for them when they were hospitalized, even though neither of them ever worshipped at St. Stephen’s

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    It was the Afra Raymond video did it for me, i spent some years in Trinidad in the 80s as a young lady and was always aware of Afra and his human rights activities, everyone was, he risked his life many times bringing the TRUTH to the people so they could avoid human rights violating pitfalls….i was impressed to see him on BU with his enlightening articles…but then missed him for some time and knew something was very, very wrong. Would you know it, am doing some research one day and what should i see but Afra explaining exactly what happened with Clico to a presenter and exposing the thieves including the various governments who collude to rob the people of everything…am like, that’s odd, why was this video not shown on BU, then it hit me, what so many bloggers have been saying over the years.

    the Clico crookery was a defining moment for those who trust governments and the criminals in the private sector, i personally knew people who invested a lot and got robbed, THE TRAUMA KILLED THEM, a lot suffered to survive after that, there is still the after effects today, many had the money INVESTED so they could send their children or grandchildren to university and because of the robbery a lot of them were unable to go. How then could anyone who knows what happened not publish that video.

    So that’s why i don’t take most people on BU seriously, they will call each other liars, point out bullshit about integrity…..which is their way of showing hypocrisy and then when the TRUTH presents itself, they are the FIRST ONES to RUSH TO COVER IT UP….as socialized…there is a lot of cowardice involved here, preferring to be comforatbale Slaves, playing it safe, but will still be eliminated anyway..because they will NEVER LEARN.

    THE GREAT PRETENDERS.

    I have a clean conscience and clean hands, and have done my part as a private citizen to expose human rights violating criminality and educate those who don’t know what evil minds are quite capable of when they are two faced and treacherous to people who look just like them…

    the Afra Raymond video is on my website and that’s where it will stay…and it’s also mentioned in my book, am sure that unsettled some people, you are either for Black/human rights or you are NOT…because ya don’t go half way, ya either go all the way or don’t go at all.

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  • African Online,

    Good. Do not let them forget Clico.

    But ask how Inniss could get charge by USA for chump change but a Clico big up couod own property in Florida and living sweet. Remember, Barbados Clico was solvent, until the funds get tek tuh boost the cash strapped Trini Clico.

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  • What is the difference between truth and honesty

    Honesty is a quality that must be incurred to become a great personality. It helps make the person reach great heights such as it makes the person trustable in all ways, it develops a sense of respect among the other individuals. It develops a person into a better person both professionally and personally. In such a case an honest person will always be preferred by people around him.

    Truth is always the truth in its sense, it can only be followed and accepted or rejected according to the person’s perspective. Truth is always the same for anyone. Truth can never be taken for granted or changed. It never changes from person to person. Truths when exchanged will never get diminished in its aspect. It gets increased in its importance.

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    “Do not let them forget Clico.”

    can’t let them forget Clico…that’s one of the causes that drew most of the traffic to BU…people were impressed that there was a drive to get to the truth, and help the victims of this crime eventually see some justice one way or the other…..and then when the TRUTH finally came through Afra who was instrumental in getting it to the public….it was COVERED UP….so that people would not know the truth about what the mostly criminal governments in the Caribbean do to the people via corruption……..how does one explain that, it’s dishonesty at the highest degree.

    heard someone say recently that everything related to Clico has been removed, i don’t go in the archives, don’t have the time to waste, so not sure if it’s accurate, but that person has nothing to gain by saying what they saw..

    enabling and helping to maintain a dirty, anti-black enslavement status quo to DESTROY BLACK LIVES……..comes with a price tag…

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  • DavidJanuary 7, 2022 6:33 PM

    @William

    You are hard ears.

    You need to remove the chip from your shoulder.

    You have this way of believing that your view is the only one.

    Carry on smartly.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    You are right, David. I noticed that too,

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  • Cuhdear,

    Which one is that? George, the one from St. Philip who also used to keep pigs?

    He always seemed an affable fellow.

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