Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group
Toni Moore – General Secretary of the BWU
The Mahogany Coconut Group welcomes the new General Secretary of the powerful Barbados Workers Union (BWU), Comrade Toni Moore. She is the first woman to head what is probably one of the best organized workers unions throughout the Caribbean. It is a tribute to the Barbadian women, who have always been in the struggle for the betterment of the working class. Our faith in the younger Caribbean generation is fortified by Comrade Moore’s elevation at the young age of thirty eight.
Comrade Moore takes over the union at a time when the workers in Barbados are under tremendous pressure as the government’s austerity program becomes more intensified and far reaching. The Transport Board, and other government statutory boards, have suffered from widespread retrenchment and the unions, in many cases have not been as vigilant, as we would have wanted them to be in fighting government on behalf of their members. Many workers of the BWU believe they have been betrayed by their leadership, and have speared no effort in publicly accusing the BWU and other unions of dropping the ball.
Her task will be to reignite that spirit of activism that has fallen so badly and we hope that she quickly demonstrates a desire to carry the fight to both the public and private sector employers. We are aware that her predecessor, Sir Roy Trotman, has left some issues on the table which she must address with great speed. We speak of the current Employment Rights Bill that employers have been exploiting because of loop holes. Comrade Moore should also move quickly to mend all fences in the Social Partnership if it is to become any worthwhile factor in the social and economic development of the country.
Later this week, for three days, one of the most important travel trade events takes place called Connect 2014. It is estimated that around 97 tour operators representing 74 companies from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Continental Europe and the Caribbean will attend. Courting crucial business and hoping to positively influence choices around 125 local hoteliers and ancillary service providers will also be taking part.
Along with a number of other industry interests including the Barbados Food Wine and Rum Festival and Bushy Park, the Barbados Tourism Authority or perhaps I should now refer to the new name (BTM Inc) have been kind enough to invite me to make a presentation on our re-DISCOVER initiative. With so many destinations to choose from, often at substantially lower cost, it is, in my humble opinion that we collectively make every possible effort to get across that Barbados can offer value-for-money by providing a greater selection of more affordable options.
For us, the perfect scenario is to persuade the tour operators to place our website address on their client’s final documentation, whether in print or electronically. That way the consumer can plan ahead, budget for their out-of-pocket expenses which helps maximise the potential for participating restaurants.
Dr. DeLisle Worrel
It is obvious the many prognostications on the rebound of the local economy from government, Governor Delisle Worrell and a few vocal local practitioners have reached a point where there is little credibility with the public. The cancelation of post economic review media briefings by the Central Bank of Barbados has been interpreted in many ways because there has been no official explanation from authorities. The decision therefore by the Central Bank to host a 15-part series on CBC TV8 and Voice of Barbados to be moderated by David Ellis to start on September 3, 2014 titled ‘The Barbados Economy: Consolidated and Growth Strategy A special Economic Discussion Forum is interesting. Panel participants will be Dr. Delisle Worrell, Tracey Shuffler, Andrew Brathwaite, Jewel Brathwaite. BU welcomes the Central Bank change in communication strategy because the media briefings had become uninformative and an embarrassment to the Fourth Estate. However the switch should have been more seamlessly implemented to avoid the political debate that followed which helped to politically polarised the country as well as to dent the reputation of the Central Bank..
Chris McHale, F C A
Chris Mchale is the one everybody loves to hate. He has been embroiled in controversy of one kind or the other in the last 20 years. One endearing quality (BU’s view) no one can deny is his willingness to take on all-comers. The latest two, PwC and FCIB in a decision handed down by Justice Olson Alleyne on 11 March 2014.
Disposal (Decision 1489 of 2012)
 In light of the foregoing, the preliminary issue is determined in favour of the Mr. Mchale and the application is dismissed.
 I will hear the parties as to costs.
More and more international companies with global brands are being taken to the law courts to defend their decisions. Three days ago PwC faced a decision by a U.S . District Court that it gave bad advice to a company to buy $6.3 billions of sovereign debt that contributed to losses – see PwC must face $1 billion lawsuit over MF Global advice. And in May FCIB announced six months results ended April 2014 it had recorded a net loss of $199 millions. Some (including Mchale) will suggest FCIB’s loss making state in the Barbados and the Caribbean is linked to bad decision making – see FIRSTCARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL BANK LIMITED (“CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN”) TODAY ANNOUNCED RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED APRIL 30, 2014. On a tangential note BU believes the Barbados Investors Policyholders Association (BIPA), Financial Services Commission FSC) or some other vested party should have taken PwC to the law courts to test negligence on their part.
Submitted by Douglas
When for the sake of using airtime on Voice of Barbados (VOB) they host the ilk of LISA MARSHALL they ought to do the listening public the favour of letting them know that the mission of the station is one of political mischief, they have long loss the art of being subtle and discreet and smooth but rather they will go to the extreme to seek to discredit the government of the day.
Lisa Marshall may have been retrenched by the Transport Board but some would ask how did she survive so long on the job.
See the files attached: she is a rotten apple and if you think these are the only charges against her, think again, she has a further six on file. In my book before she receives her full payment she should first be made to repay the monies she has stolen from the Transport Board.
A lean clean and fully operational Transport Board need not be burdened with the likes of the Lisa Marshall types, rid the taxpayers of supporting uncouth thieves and criminals from the workforce.
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Submitted by Douglas
It is becoming clearer with each passing day what the people rejected in 2008 and why they further rejected them in 2013, the Barbadian voters are not idiots, they knew then that Arthur and Mottley could not last, they also knew that Mottley and Maria Agard could not last, they knew then that Mottley and Payne, could not last, they knew then that Mottley and Marshall could not last, they knew then that Mottley and Toppin could not last, they knew then that Mottley and her CLONE Symmonds could not last.
It is also very clear to see that when they marched in white it was for other reasons than avoiding the Municipal Waste Tax, it is now clear to see that Symmonds was also marching to avoid paying the car tax for the big ride he owns and drives on Barbadian roads everyday but refuses to pay road tax. He can now add to his wide beating, theft from Boolani and driving a vehicle on Barbadian roads without paying road tax.
Now to the spineless and politically neutered and politically void Kerrie Symmonds, a young guy who once aspired for great things in the political world but has fallen well short of any standing. He most recently displayed a show of political immaturity when on a Sunday he stated publicly that he was not a clone of Mottley, and to represent his constituents he would not speak on a Mottley platform, however, a few short days later he forgot his constituents to favour Mottley in a march, guess his constituents did not then matter.