Submitted by Paula Sealy
Labour needs to have a voice at the table. In the past this meant the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) had its senior officers contest general elections. It was also common for the General Secretary of the BWU to be nominated as a Senator at the pleasure of the Governor General. It is assumed this practice will continue with the President of the Republic as the Head of State.
I remember PM Mottley speaking of trade union leaders of the past who served as politicians during the 2020 St. George North by-election campaign. We were reminded of the work of the unionists we now recognise as National Heroes.
Mottley was in her pomp. She proudly said that she “went for Toni” to ensure that labour had a voice. This statement should have caused tremors across the rank and file of organised labour. It insinuated that labour was voiceless.
A man known for his love of philosophy and habitual philosophical utterances, it was the view of Freundel Stuart that the Social Partnership was a philosophical absurdity.
At the end of the Mottley administration, that comment has been proven to be profound. He was right. If the Social Partnership serves labour as well as the government and the private sector would there be any need for Toni Moore or any union leader to be seated in the Lower House today? There is the insinuation that labour remains voiceless otherwise. This is an insult to the working class.
If the BLP courtship of Moore sought to consolidate labour and license its voice, why should we expect the rights and interests of workers to be acknowledged by the social partners under normal circumstances? Ask Caswell. This represents the philosophical absurdity and identifies the trade union movement as a blunt object among sharp knives in the Partnership.
If the Partnership accommodates labour and there is a Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations have the Minister, Permanent Secretary and Chief Labour Officer been on vacation been during the nurses’ strike?
The DLP announced its candidate for St. Michael South East and another union leader has thrown his hat into the ring. This is another hat for him to add to that of teacher, poultry farmer, political party officer and real estate vendor.
He has said that he always wanted to be an MP. The BUT was always a means to an end. But to what end for the union?
The image of trade union leaders will not improve for his ambition.
Good submission. We expected more with the aggressive recruitment of Toni Moore.
I expected nothing with Toni Moore. Here she basically said the Union movement isn’t working and that’s why it was best to join the ruling party. Clearly “leadership and servitude at its best.” Only question is who’s leadership and service to who!?
She has been very quiet during a period labour constituents should reasonably have expected her to be strident at a time the rights of workers are being understandably squeezed. It will be interesting to observe how the ongoing labour dispute plays out in SGN on 19 January.
My bad I left out the link. Here you go.
The article is full of lies and propaganda.
Since 1966, trade unionists, socialists, welfare recipients and other lazy laggards have ruled the country. Even our so-called national heroes consist almost entirely of a collection of socialist beggars. A nation with the mental attitude of those subjugated on the plantation. No entrepreneurship, only dependent labour, like slavery.
That has ended since 2018. Our honourable government has not only brought the rebellious unionists to heel, but also encouraged entrepreneurship with low tax rates and improved payment morale.
We do not need more rebellious financial illiterates like Barrow who have to beg their white masters at theIMF every 10 years, but an economically liberal government.
Therefore, the people and the party should continue to support our Supreme Leader who has initiated these policy corrections since 2018.
It is probably too late to register a brand new party for this dog race
but I am surprised that there is no Ⓐ anarchy party running 🖤 in 2022
seeing as there is no queen and no constitution and no future for you
Here is a Blast from the past during Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977
she is going Platinum in 2022
The Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The U.K (official video)
Anarchy In The UK / Sex Pistols
I am an antichrist
And I am an anarchist
Don’t know what I want
But I know how to get it
I want to destroy passerby
‘Cause I wanna be anarchy
Anarchy for the U.K.
It’s coming sometime and maybe
I give a wrong time, stop a traffic line
Your future dream is a shopping scheme
‘Cause I, I wanna be anarchy
In the city
How many ways to get what you want
I use the best, I use the rest
I use the NME
I use anarchy
‘Cause I wanna be anarchy
It’s the only way to be
Is this the MPLA?
Or is this the UDA?
Or is this the IRA?
I thought it was the UK
Or just another country
Another council tenancy
I wanna be anarchy
And I wanna be anarchy
Know what I mean?
And I want to be an anarchist
I get pissed, destroy
UK => USA => Barbados => Dysfunctional Governments are the new trend
Three and a half years canvassing. He should keep far from the BUT. Who will ask him about the BUT land he sold in the Belle near Hothersal Turning?
“It is a sad state of affairs when employees do not fear losing pay because non-payment represents the status quo. Imagine being gainfully employed and yet unable to consistently meet basic needs due to the failure of your employer to honour the employment agreement – that is, payment in exchange for the services you provide. What then is the point of showing up to work? The fact that these nurses continued to provide their services for several years despite receiving inconsistent pay is testament to their dedication to their profession. It’s unconscionable for any person to suggest otherwise.”
Even more nauseous is that although it’s no secret that the nurses are not paid for months at a time and still turn up for work, they maliciously send debt collectors to chase them down for money with threat of court action, so they are now forced to find the money how they could or end up before the courts…..and still go to work every day under that stress and trauma..
Slave Society Barbados.
“The resort has maintained repeatedly over the years it was not trying to privatise the beach but only sought to protect guests from untoward attention from illegal activity.”
they are lying, they know they got away with privatizing the beaches in Jamaica and now importing their racist, apartheid activities to Barbados because they were given the greenlight by corrupt governments…was not one seen recently in the news taking a painting from a new resort, now managed by the next generation of briber minorities, who said in the newspapers they were given permission by government to build a wall to stop beach goers from accessing the sea…oh they will build a narrow footpath to appease the docile and make sure it’s just as inaccessible.
The fact that this ‘beach’ issue surfaces every year means that a single strong message is not being sent to these hotel owners.
In the presence of witnesses with a camera, Gabby had a tussle with two guards. What if he was alone?
” the Government has divided union leaders into “friends” and “enemies”. Thus, breakdown is pre-ordained based on the identity of the principal actors. How else can we interpret Minister of Housing Denis Kellman’s open expression of disappointment in the fact that while his Government had made [PEDRO SHEPHERD] the leader of the Barbados Union of Teachers “look good”, he was now leading the anti-Jones brigade. It begs the question as to why or whether other union leaders had been treated differently. It is clear, however, that a climate of hostility has been fanned, rather than quelled, by the Government’s approach.”
Pedro Shepherd sold out the teachers for 30 pieces of silver since he did not get the position he was promised by Freundel. He expected something bigger than a place on the board at the Rural Develipmwnt Commission.
He is boasting in the paper about 700 appointments he got for primary scchool teachers. He betrayed the union again. He took the all the credit for those appointments for himself at the BUT conference in 2018 too. Then he lost the presidency. Santia may be lazy, tall, red and sexy in his eyes but he is treacherous.
And Dennis Kellman knew it too. Pedro Sheoherd is all about himself.
Two months ago he said, “If we must go back out in January, we the teachers and students will have to go, but only if we have the necessary protocols in place. It must be a safe return. We cannot return simply because people believe that the country should reopen or simply because people believe there are deficits in our children. We will return if the school plants are safe for our return.”
Why would Pedro Shepherd make such a silly chauvinistic comment on the platform about Bradshaw? It is interesting it has not been receiving the same outrage as Dawn Armstrong.
Where is your fire
Catch your fire
Barbados politics is dull
Last year over 2,000 people were rioting in the Capitol Hill in USA
Police didn’t do anything as they were white
if they were black it would have been different
1 black man in USA can make Police scared for their life
and they shoot them dead