Barbados Workers Union Boots CTUSAB

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group
Sir Leroy Trotman (l), Minister of Labour Byer-Sukoo (r)

Sir Leroy Trotman (l), Minister of Labour Byer-Sukoo (r)

For some time, we have warned that the trade union movement in Barbados was being marginalized. The coziness with employers brought about by the so-called Social Partnership, has long been a cause of concern to the Mahogany Coconut Group. The frequent love fests of the employers’ representatives and the union bosses were brilliant public relations stunts designed to fool those who don’t understand the treachery inherent in such exercises.” – Mahogany Coconut Blog 1/11/2013

BWU General Secretary, Sir Roy Trotman said more specifically, his union’s decision to cut ties with CTUSAB was simply put , in an effort to prevent a deliberate effort to marginalize the Barbados Workers Union…………….He explained that this meant his organization would not have a voice at the Social partnership.” – Barbados Today, 19/04/2013

We are not in the business of saying: We told you so. At the same time, we must state that the rumblings in the so-called Social Partnership have been rampant for some time. However, they reached a peak when the BWU refused to back down from its stance with LIME and certain politicians already in bed with LIME wanted to pressure the union.

The BWU is seen as the major block, by some power breakers, in selling our country lock stock and barrel in the name of privatization. We are aware of Sir Roy’s political journey and it has its historical birth in pro masses thinking and political orientation. We are therefore not surprised that he cannot abandon his philosophical moorings to accommodate political opportunism, cronyism and economic blackmail, as his leadership of the BWU reaches retirement. He would not want a legacy of having sold out the workers. We therefore stand squarely behind him on this occasion.

What we find even more alarming is the charge by Sir Roy of a conspiracy between the Ministry of Labour and other “trade unionists” to undermine the BWU. While we cannot identify the other trade unionists, we publicly call on the current Minister of Labour, Dr. Esther Byer- Suckoo to respond to Sir Roy’s charges which are essentially against the Government of Barbados. This charge by Sir Roy cannot be taken lightly.

We will not be moved from our position that those who are promising the world, if the unions were to disappear, did the same thing under Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. We warn workers in Barbados and the entire Caribbean, that the destruction of Unions will be the final blow against true social and economic justice. We are now seeing the results of Reagan/Thatcher policies, as countries climb to higher levels of unemployment, while the employers get richer and richer. We were therefore stunned, to say the very least, when Margaret Thatcher was so lionized on her recent passing. She and Reagan tried to dismantle the trade union movements in their countries.

We have some of similar ilk amongst us, and they must not be allowed to hold the sword of unemployment over the heads of workers, in order to get their way and execute the final rape of not only Barbados but the entire region.

The Social Partnership is nothing more than political/ corporate public relations. We firmly believe that its value to the trade union movement and workers is nothing more than a dangerous mirage.

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174 Comments on “Barbados Workers Union Boots CTUSAB”

  1. ac April 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM #

    white shadows don’t like to be cross:” ESPECIALLYby people who they have in their pockets,and “IF” what you Lemuel say is true then SIR ROY is in bigger trouble than I suspect and the payback would be huge and unrelenting


  2. Lemuel April 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM #

    I am trying hard not to be displeased as Island show where she love is. Remember I just a friend. Island is that a friend with benefits.


  3. Lemuel April 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

    This talk bout you driving and having a mercedes now dawn on me. My only question to you is how do a poor boy from brumley delist a man with amorous designs for his friend with benefits Island.


  4. Bush Tea April 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

    Please pay attention.
    Where do you see Bushie claiming to drive a Mercedes…? What would a bushman be doing driving a Benz?
    Bushie claims to HAVE one of them….um look sweet as shii** …… M…and Um grey.
    …you playing that you don’t know how to impress the girls now…?
    You can imagine how “hot for bushie” Islandgal must be under the collar all like now…? …even Pat must be wavering a bit by now…. Lol

    …You had to go and push in your snout …and now bushie needs to admit that the “benz” is about 8 inches long and cost nuff dollars yuh…nearly $200…… Um come from Cave Shepherd toy dept….
    …but de bonnet and doors can open and um can steer….. :)


  5. ac April 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM #


    um………….mine a Mercedes. LOL! u wish……………… know ! not surprise the Duke is a ladies man.. Powerful men usual excudes a raw sex appeal.. …not speaking about looks……… is an attraction! mannerism! and strength! which is captivating and irrestible .

    on the same vein most woman would take a look at caswell and ‘say HELL no!


  6. Yamma April 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

    David @ 7:56pm asked, Can Toni Moore do the job or not?
    If the job is somebody husband who dares to be elected as a shop steward of BWU, then of course she can. And very well too!


  7. Clone April 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM #

    I agree with Sir Roy
    Denis Depeiza has done nothing for the workers of Barbados. He all about perks and looking good. He was a waste President at BUT.
    Do some research and see if there is any major policy decisions taken by Denis Depeiza while President of BUT or now General Secretary of CTUSAB.
    NO tax payer’s money should be spent at that conference. Let them do teleconferencing.It is time to cut back on these free rides on planes and keep paying for school children to ride on buses free.


  8. Caswell Franklyn April 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM #

    Trotman must feel like a man that has been bitten by his own dog. He manoeuvre Cedric Murrell into the presidency of CTUSAB in circumstances where Murrell was not qualified to be president. He was not a delegate and therefore should not have been its president. Trotman created a monster, called President Murrell, and that monster as is their nature destroys even its creator.

    The same thing happened with Thompson and Mascoll. Kellman was the only other person qualified to be political leader when Thompson stepped aside, but Mascoll got the Job and the rest is History.

    While I am at it, I am told that last year the Ministry also invited CTUSAB to name a representative but that invitation was withdrawn after certain threats were made. BWU was then offered the opportunity to nominate the representative. If I am not mistaken Sir Leroy was the delegate and one Margaret Lady Trotman was the adviser.


  9. David April 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM #


    All organizations in Barbados seem to be one incestuous pit.


  10. erice April 24, 2013 at 6:08 AM #

    can MURRELLtell us if the allowances he and depeiza gets are decleared to the IRD –why he choose to go on a trip at this time when May DAY is here ,can he tell us why the 1st vice president was not allowed to act when he was out ,but the assistant GS acted for him —can he say why bwu who represents hotel workers were not allowed to be the rept at a meeting but CTUSAB wanted BWU to advice them -will MURRELL tell us the deal that he made with WALTER ,will he tell us what he said to the PM –will he tell us what he said to the minister


  11. David April 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM #

    Caswell et al

    What should be the prerequisites of an ILO delegate? You commented Lady Margaret attended previous meetings in the capacity of an adviser now Walter Maloney is doing same. Is this acceptable?


  12. erice April 24, 2013 at 6:21 AM #

    david –check and see the relationship that was played compare and see who or which UNION back JEFF BROOME ,and you will be surprise how it relates to the ILO deal –payback time –you see DENIS CLARKE SMILING –payback time sorry Trottie the next fall is the Treasurer ANNEMARIE (trator burke)a trotman surporter but she like all the DLPs on the EXecutive only seek to see what trips they can get —well DEPEIZA and Murrell are going after her too but TRAITORS evev turn on each other there is no trust —eg MORRIS BISHOP GANG IN GRENADA —THE LOOSERS WILL BE THE WORKERS THE WINNERS GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYERS


  13. David April 24, 2013 at 6:27 AM #


    BU recalls clearly GS Clarke making a statement on a VoB Sunday program that the NUPW had met with the CPO soon after the decision was made to transfer Jeff Broomes to Parkinson, he stated to the effect that he was waiting “for the wicket to be rolled” before he (NUPW) was forced to act/respond to the transfer. What was the deal made with the CPO? What was the agenda of that meeting between the NUPW and Broomes? Why was the BSTU not afforded the opportunity from the begging which would have relieved a lot of the tension. So many questions and no answers. A good thing this is a transparent government. Same old BS.


  14. erice April 24, 2013 at 6:34 AM #

    Caswell i am told that when CTUSAB was beingformed that you and other persons from NUPW was opposed to how it was being done and that some one refused to pay for some expenses at that time –can you confirmed this
    I am also being told that MURRELL and DEPEIZA were planning to change the rules so that they be in positions for another six years but got some warm lashes and will be forced to back offf and that is one of the reasond why they MUST get rid of BWU because bwu and nupw has more voting rightd than the others but with NUPW surporting them then MURRELL and DEPEIZA will have they way so bwu had to be gotten ride of –deal MURRELL and DEPEIZA and hence Mamomey Maloney gets to go to ILO


  15. David April 24, 2013 at 6:36 AM #

    There goes the boast that the social partnership is the best thing for Barbados since slice bread. How can CTUSAB be effective with BWU alienated?


  16. erice April 24, 2013 at 6:42 AM #

    david your 6,27 post is well written as you often do and you see why BU must be the best Media house in Barbados it reports free and fair —and keeps all parties on their toes, you see what we are seeing payback time –was it buying or selling favours not votes


  17. Lemuel April 24, 2013 at 6:49 AM #

    The employers must be killing themselves with laugh at this one act play called CTUSAB. But it also sends a clear signal to all and sundry that political influence can not form part of effective unionism in Barbados. But when your own dog bite you are well bitten. Sir Roy you have been out gunned by the DLP party which you served so faithfully to detrimental of all workers in Barbados and especially the workers at the Bridgetown Port..


  18. David April 24, 2013 at 6:53 AM #

    Surely Bobby can’t be onside with the machinations being played out? He was after all nurtured deep in the bowels of the labour movement.


  19. erice April 24, 2013 at 7:10 AM #

    david please do some checking to see which unions backed Mary Redman and which unions backed the ILO moved—–who was minister of labour ,check and see that Murrell said alot yet he said nothing –but do the maths ask why Patrick and HARTLEY REID was taken off the mailing list ,why Patrick was not allowed to attend that meeting that MURRRELL SPOKE OF ,–why walter maloney said that the 1st vice president cannot represent the present when he id=s out of office -but amurrell said it was fair –fair to the gang


  20. Bush Tea April 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM #

    @ David
    “All organizations in Barbados seem to be one incestuous pit.”
    ….man don’t play you shame now David. You mean dum is a bunch of brass bowls right :)
    It is enough to make a bushman bewse…


  21. Pat April 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

    @ Caswell

    “If I am not mistaken Sir Leroy was the delegate and one Margaret Lady Trotman was the adviser.”

    I find the above very, very hard to believe. Margaret has NEVER been involved in union affairs. She never attended the May Day parades, never attended the Church services, never served in any capacity and was rarely seen at union dos. SAY IT AINT SO. If this is true, I am disappointed in His Lordship.

    His senior staff should have walked out. But I guess no one in Barbados has any balls. Or maybe his are bigger.


  22. Well Well April 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM #

    I agree with one blogger, all these incestuous old farts need to go home and sit down, they are no more than a pit of vipers who get nothing done but prance around looking for societal status…….i remember the royal shop and sandy lane debacle………….saw one of their meetings and it just looked like a tribal gathering…………..get rid of the old useless mentalities, they are part of the problem, not the solution and equally culpable in dragging down the island.


  23. David April 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    To repeat, how can CTUSAB function efficiently if the most influential BWU is not part of the amalgam?


  24. Pachamama April 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM #

    @ David
    We can answer that question but are you ready to see RED?


  25. David April 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM #

    Let it rip Pacha!


  26. ac April 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

    Weterthe Head of anorganistion should remain for an overly extended period of time is entirely up to the membership with their vote…..However the issues at play here is when outside influences /intervenes usiing covert actions causing disruptionand tribalism among the ranks in order to achieve a goal which in this case are many


  27. Enuff April 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM #

    Stupse, David didn’t the NHC made an NUPW member redundant to the benefit of the President of said NUPW?


  28. David April 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM #

    Minister Byer-Suckoo’s explanation for sending a CTUSAB rep to the ILO conference is very plausible as quoted on the news. The only issue here is how the message was conveyed to Sir Roy. The BWU enjoyed the privilege of representing Barbados for all the years when there was no CTUSAB, the umbrella body. What are we missing?


  29. Caswell Franklyn April 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM #


    You asked, “What are we missing?”

    The simple answer: TONI MOORE!


  30. Alvin Cummins April 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM #

    @Gabriel Tackle.
    You obviously know me thus you have an advantage over me. Therefore you should know what I am talking about. It is because I am awake and can tell the type of coffee that is brewing that I can say what I can. Examine the content of the contributions-I mean really analyse what is being said, and you will see the pettyness, envy and what is discussed in a supposedly sensible manner. Busihi’s contributions and barbs at islandgal, etc. This isa serious matter deserving of serious discussion and lowdoen remarks at persons are acceptable. Even though the white people do not “appear” to weild the power they once had a careful check would reveal the true nature of the struggle. If you go to a puppet show you never see the puppetteer, but he is the on pulling th strings. Check.It is because of this that workers have to be more vigilant and more cohesive. But I am an old fogie, on the way out and I will not have to contend with any of the activities and the aftermath of what takes place. Whether I am “up” or “Down”; although if I am down I might be too busy stoking the flames to pay attention, and if I am up I will be too buty taking music lessons. A harp is a difficult instrument to play. In either case I will be busy.
    Enjoy wunna selves. As Elombe would say: “Uh gone”!


  31. Crusoe April 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

    My question is…’is the Trade Union actually relevant in the current environment….

    If there is no business, if the businesses are shutting down every day, the only employer remaining will be Government.

    Union vs Government

    Highly amusing if not so sad that this is where the economy is headed. And for those few employers who actually exist (the large ones providing necessary utilities), do you really think, in times of strife, a man going worry about union or who paying his salary??????



  32. ac April 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM #

    What are we Missing? ……..The truth!


  33. David April 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM #


    There is logic in the government’s position. For argument’s sake if the BWU had remained in the partnership CTUSAB as the umbrella body would be more representative of the workers. Instead we have the politics being played out. One thing is sure, CTUSAB has no teeth without the BWU.


  34. Caswell Franklyn April 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM #


    The Government’s position is the only tenable one. Time has come in this country when people have to be honest with themselves and stop giving into fear of the big bad Sir Leroy. Many times he comes up with very unreasonable positions and people including Government cave in because they are afraid of Trotman’s threats. Even the media refuse to call a spade a spade when dealing with BWU because they fear the backlash.

    He is only the giant that those that are fearful of him make him out to be. This time around the wimpish Executive Council has allowed him to bring the union into disrepute. It is time that Sir Leroy depart the scene and take Cedric Murrell along with him.


  35. Caswell Franklyn April 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM #

    Sorry, I hit send before I had finished.

    David, you claimed that the CTUSAB would be more representative if BWU had remained in the congress. Pray tell me; When has CTUSAB ever represented the interest of workers?


  36. David April 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM #


    The KPI to judge CTUSAB’s performance must be a stable industrial climate not so?


  37. Caswell Franklyn April 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    Absolutely not David! The way to judge CTUSAB’s performance and indeed the performance of any union is how it has represented the interests of its members. Unfortunately, all the major unions have aligned themselves to the DLP and they are behaving more like party politicians than trade unionists. The stable industrial environment in this country is as a result of the labour movement selling out.


  38. David April 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM #


    Please take a few minutes to teach us IR 101. If the respective unions have not been representing members interest as you suggest, is it not logical that this would be reflected from the floor and by extension guide the decisions of the executives?


  39. Caswell Franklyn April 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM #


    Guidance from the floor is basic in trade unionism and that is what I have been taught over the years. When I was first involved in trade unionism from 1980 that used to be the case, but more and more workers are becoming disillusioned the leaders that have emerged and are staying away from union meetings. For example, NUPW has in excess of 10,000 members or so they claim and find it extremely difficult to muster a quorum for general meetings. More so than not, meetings are abandoned for lack of a quorum. So much for guidance from the floor. Because of this disinterest a lot of intellectually subnormal people like Mamoney have emerged to lead.

    The established unions in Barbados have now become the agents of corruption and decadence. Somehow, this new leadership is mainly concern with job advancement for themselves, overseas trips, embezzlement of union funds and sexual exploitation of staff and young members who they should be guiding.

    Unions need to refocus on the reason for their existence and keep away from party politics.


  40. old onion bags April 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM #

    So wait who will be there to lend a sympathetic ear and maybe a numb shoulder…in a couple of months when all these people from statutory corporations wakeup one day and hear they .got the boot? All this tip toe thru the tulips and hopscotch that going on is for a reason..make no bones about it…Sukoo done know she has the dice warming in her hands, Sir Roy and the NUPW too…More questions than answers but definitely more than the mortar in d pestal …unna watch


  41. ac April 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM #

    move over “SIS” suckoo you are about to be pummelled by Sir roy and his supporters! come on,,, you know better than that to be allowed to be used by the powerbrokers of this system who wants to gut the remaining assests of this little island. . now come on sister you think nobody would notice when a brother is being dis an the real reason . After all many of us have seen how hard Sir Roy worked and fight many battles for the underdog and you think the supporters going take that alibi as reason.

    BTW CASWELL Most couldn’t give a c///t how many women siR roy sleep with i got a description fuh people like u and it ain’t pretty.;;;;;;;;;;;;;


  42. Crusoe April 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM #

    ”The stable industrial environment”

    Oh dear….bit of an oxymoron…. not anymore….we are about to enter the hardest period since independence….and it wont be short.

    Unions are now irrelevant. It is now about getting things productive and money flowing, all else to the backburner.

    If in any doubt, you will soon find out.

    The ‘good old days’ are gone.


  43. Crusoe April 24, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

    The prior state of ‘stable industrial environment’ had more to do with bajans’ strong sense of self preservation than anything else….really…

    Bajans, no matter what wunna says, know where their bread comes from and is buttered.

    A bajan would say, yeah, leh we march, come next morning, you out there alone marching, he home safe in the armchair, knowing that come Friday, he getting he pay to buy food and wunna could suck salt.

    Who could blame a man who knows reality?


  44. Gabriel Tackle April 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM #

    @Caswell 8.12pm
    I think Murrell is thinking of Shakespeare JC 4.3.”There is a tide in the affairs of men which,taken at the flood,leads on to fortune;Omitted,all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries.On such a sea are we now afloat,and we must take the current when it serves,or lose our ventures.
    There is no way that CTUSAB will renege on taking control of the reins which lead to Geneva and centre stage.If Leroy is speaking with a forked tongue,good for those who want to believe him.I don’t and all this foolisheness about the council asking hime to stay on is bluff and banzai.Move on Leroy,gracefully.


  45. Gabriel Tackle April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM #

    It would be interesting to hear the academic bacground of these guys who will be occupying centre stge at Geneva.We were accustomed to seasoned representation in the BWU by the likes of Frank Walcott,Hugh Springer,Grantley Adams,Leroy,LeVere,Bobby,Evelyn,Lawrence and some females whose name I do not now recall.The BWU had brain power as well as shouting power.All unions have shouting power,even BIGWU when they shouted in the Fairchild Street car park in front of Leo Leacock’s office in the 70’s or 80’s but they did not have the brain power to realize their stupidity and so they bit the dust,never more to rise.Is CTUSAB possessed of the brain power?Or is it that they are DLP sympathisers .No it cannot be that because word on the block is that the Dems now getting even with Leroy for helping to bring down the Sandy administration.Pay back time Leroy!


  46. Hants April 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM #

    average wage of garment worker in Bangladesh is $43 per month.


  47. Pachamama April 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM #

    @ David

    We are disturbed by the state of the unions in Barbados, and elsewhere. If these descriptions are correct, and we have no sustainable counter-narrative, what are the people waiting for? Is it not time to turn the page? Uproot these systems and people and run them out of town, literally.


  48. David April 25, 2013 at 7:19 AM #


    Not possible at this time. There is a high level of apathy. Did you not follow the recent NUPW election? One thousand voters out of a 10 thousand membership?


  49. Pachamama April 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM #

    @ David
    That is precisely our point. When 90% of membership is voting with their feet they are thinking other thoughts, they see what we see and are ready to consider alternatives. Our job is to try to articulate those alternatives. Mark our words. Trade unions will never be popular again, political parties will never be popular again – not under the present system. So this is not the beginning of an end, its the end of the beginning.


  50. ac April 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM #

    So what are the alternatives? keep dreaming!


  51. David April 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM #


    As you know it took awhile for the Berlin Wall to tumble but when it started it fell quickly. There is a process which precipitates events which we must endure. It is painful BUT necessary.


  52. ac April 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM #

    So since there are those among us who have ideas why not start the ball rolling and let see if the great USA would back us .THe Berlin wall fell not because of a democratic society but for reasions that the USA determined was communistic and not in line with Freedom and civil Rights of its people


  53. Pachamama April 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    @ David

    The Berlin Wall that is Barbados was erected long before its name sake in the other place. So there is no time to waste


  54. Obzocky April 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM #

    We are now living in the era of transparency and accountability. And therefore, there is no need to wait until events transpire, before we can take quick and decisive action.


  55. Obzocky April 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM #

    I believe that any organization that operates within that scope of a democratic model. Should at all cost be guided by the principles of checks and balances? Any organization that seeks to operation outside the scope of this framework should be deemed undemocratic.


  56. Obzocky April 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM #

    The labor union has been in bed with management for quite sometime now. I personal saw the change some two decade a decades.


  57. Yamma April 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    An updated hot of the press list of who is who of BWU:

    Gen Sec – Sir Roy Trotman
    Dep Gen Sec/Dir. Research – Veronica Griffith
    Dep Gen Sec/Dir Indus Relations – Toni Moore-Bascombe
    Dep Gen Sec/Princ Labour College – Doreen Deane
    Dep Gen Sec/Financial Controller – Destry Jones

    Ass’t Gen. Sec- Dionne Howard- (Toni Moore-Bascombe’s first cousin)
    Indus Relations Officer – Sean Scott (Gabby Scott’s son)
    Indus Relations Officer – Marsha Greenidge (E LeVere Richards’ daughter)
    Indus Relations Officer – Lisa “Lisa Vitton” Holder ( SWIFTly moving up)
    Consultant IRO – Michael Alleyne (former Pres. C&W division)


  58. David April 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM #

    An incestuous pit!


  59. Smooth Chocolate April 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM #

    “We are not in the business of saying: We told you so. At the same time, we must state that the rumblings in the so-called Social Partnership have been rampant for some time. However, they reached a peak when the BWU refused to back down from its stance with LIME and certain politicians already in bed with LIME wanted to pressure the union.”

    this is crap…what real benefits did the workers of LIME got? the BWU was always and will always work for the employer on the pretext of looking after the interest of the employee. union members are literally allowing these organisations to blind them with silly hand outs. it is only because leroy trotman could not get his way that he decided to come out of the umbrella group, so what. big deal


  60. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM #

    OSA is this morning commenting on Sir Roy’s actions and backing Sir Roy. Both of them are pathetic men. OSA argument is that tried things should not be thrown away. Even ideas live out their usefulness. Socialism and Communism are now relics that the so called learned of the 50s to the 80s give credence to. Given who is coming after Sir Roy, shall there be a BWU in ten years?


  61. Caswell Franklyn April 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM #


    After reading Arthur’s comments, I was able to conclude that both he and Trotman are relics of the past, and are refusing to allow younger people,who are still in control of their faculties, to take over. Both of them have the mistaken belief that things would fall apart if they are not in control. As a result, they are doing more harm than good to the institutions that they won’t let go of.

    Fortunately, for the country, Arthur has been deposed but Trotman refuses to acknowledge that he is no longer relevant.

    By the way, the members of NUPW voted to withdraw from CTUSAB three years ago and Mamoney and Clarke refused to carry out the decision f Conference.


  62. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM #

    I hope you are positioning UNITY is play the part it needs to play in the Trade Union Movement of this country. The relics are dying rapidly.

    OSA looked truly pathetic this morning; it is if he is begging for another chance, but in his time he did not relinquish one iota. OSA remember your pen and shaking it at senior civil servants with Erskine Grffith laughing like a cheshire cat; the big fool that he shall always be. To think that Erskine Griffth was a Head of the Civil Service only because he was OSA room mate. OSA remember those decisions as you ride into the sunset. Barbados shall survive.


  63. ac April 29, 2013 at 8:46 PM #

    wether OSA is a relic or yesterday news the TRUTH is that HE commands and gets respect from his followers and that is all that matters. The BLP did not win election or lost the election because OSA is a relic but for other mitigating circumstances . I predict that with MAm being the youngest her leadership style is not going to be as favourable as that of OSA even up to the present. Yes OSA makes for good political banter but even in his older years he still is most favoured political leader for the BLP amongst his followers.


  64. David April 30, 2013 at 7:35 AM #

    Next episode on the BWU CTUSAB saga is to see if CTUSAB takes the platform for May Day celebrations tomorrow.

    Way to go guys.


  65. Adrian Loveridge April 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM #

    Just at such a critical time when everyone should be pulling together in the national interest. Its mind boggling!


  66. ac April 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

    Adrien i agree. however hearing such a comment coming from you is mindblowing given the tenor and provocative nature of your articles ..Thefact is that people are angry at a sytem that have allowed the rich to get rich at the blood and sweat of the average hard working bajan whose only accomplishment is a car and a mortgage …..questions how can a nation pulled together under an “upsided down system”which favours the “haves”


  67. Adrian Loveridge April 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM #


    I think that’s a little unfair. I come from a poor working class family where my father abandoned my mother and three young sons, when I was 7 years old. After being hospitalised for nearly 4 years, I was not allowed to sit the 11 plus school examination. I started my first job at 12, working in markets like Romford, Chelmsford and Petticoat Lane and selling household products door-to-door a year later. I left school at 14 and started travelling the world. I bought my first house at the age of 19 and had paid for it in full by the age of 20. I assure you that very little (if any) of anything that I have
    accomplished has come easy and it wouldn’t have been possible without a dedicated wife and employees that have helped achieve our collective successes. I am immensely proud to have helped a few people along the way, including our longest serving room maid, who through her efforts and our support has put all four of her children through University. Something, my family could not have even dreamed about.
    I still work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, as I have done for most of the last 25 years on Barbados.
    Sometimes, you have to look at the bigger picture and not be quite so quick to judge, when you do not know the facts.
    I cannot see preventive obstacles to any Barbadian that would want to replicate my endeavours, if they want to put in the work. And if anything its a lot easier for them now with the availability of a free education.


  68. ac April 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM #

    Adrien i am not pointing my finger at you but at a system which has been outsmart and outmanuevered by those who claim to have the answer and can assists in building this country all the while govts holding their hands .. I have heard your story and understand the disconnect yu might have but there is a real feeling that foreigner investors get a better chance than homegrown entrepeneurs who cant even as much as set foot in the door. Not your fault but that is a reality we face.


  69. Well Well April 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM #

    I was beginning to wonder why no comments…………..Bushie I cannot believe you mislead me about the ILO, they are now seriously coming down on the Bajan government, do you think that this government is willing to take on this huge union body?? How could you make me think they were just a frivolous organization with no teeth? Shame on you………..Bushie


  70. Well Well April 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM #

    obviously not many people has seen this indictment on the government of Barbados………..


  71. Pat April 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM #

    @ Well Well

    Not many people know that Sir Roy established the Congress of trade unions with assistance from the ILO. They paid for him to come here and meet with the Canadian Labour Congress for a week to examine its structure and operating procedures. Somehow along the way Leroy included employers and the government in the organisation, calling it a social partnership. He was a DLP in the house at the time and maybe he did it to pacify his politicos. I thought it was folly at the time and I still think it is. A union should keep employers at arms length. I personally thought he was getting into bed with the enemy.

    Another thing, he turned down an executive position at the ILO in order to continue serving his poor Bajan brothers and sisters. The UN has good benefits and allowances for family including education to age 25. The ILO is no different to UNCTAD, UNESCO, etc.


  72. Well Well May 1, 2013 at 6:56 AM #

    Pat………………thanks for the info……….and these little sexist bajan guys are proud to say they use taxpayers dollars to go to the ILO conferences to have fun, don’t listen to any of the shite ILO talks and forget it when they return to Barbados, while effectively leaving women out of these conferences…………without even caring that their participation in these world bodies are vital to being able to access funding for a small needy island such as Bim…………ILO has big teeth and i hope they all get bitten in their backsides for their callous disregard of how much damage to the image of the island they are now causing……….including you Bushie.


  73. Yamma May 4, 2013 at 6:37 AM #

    The link to the doc which has the ILO’s comments re remittance of earnings, refers to government not responding to queries by…….CTUSAB, of all people! Is this not ILO’s recognition of CTUSAB as the apex trade union body representing workers?
    Pat, your friend the Cardinal prefers to be a big fish in a tiny pond than just another small fish in a large ocean of the UN system. Had he worked full time in Geneva, who could he have threatened with island wide shutdowns? In the last stages even ILO did not want him around. His steam was going there in the first place to serve out the remainder of Sir Frank’s term. He managed to hold a bat on a very well rolled wicket that he found.

    I wonder if since BWU is now going to fight Human Trafficking and that type of abuse of women, if this means that the South American women will no longer be taken by the office at 2 am.


  74. David July 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM #

    Looks like Sir gets the last laugh. Check page 4.—ed_norm/—relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_216295.pdf


  75. Caswell Franklyn July 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM #


    Sir Roy did not get the last laugh: the ILO Credentials Committee was misled. BWU DOES NOT HAVE 25,000 MEMBERS. The last laugh has not happened yet.


  76. ac July 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM #

    yeap ! and deservingly so. there are laws and rules which must be adhere to. in the international courts and organization, can’t use a third class mentality in a first class world unless one wants to be mocked and laughed at internationally. big ups to Sir ROy. numbers is what counts and he had them.. not the politics of the day.


  77. Bush Tea July 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM #

    What a load of crap.
    What does this charade all cost again….?
    …and what are the benefits….apart from a few misfits getting to lounge off in a five star hotel in Europe annually….?


  78. David July 6, 2013 at 8:18 AM #


    This means that Suckoo can’t be given a pass? As head of the labour ministry she would have access to union polling/membership and therefore in a position to challenge the credentials of the respective delegates.


  79. Caswell Franklyn July 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM #


    Of course, I would give Dr. Byer Suckoo a pass, she was not dealing with medicine which is her profession. Are you familiar with the term idiot savant? If you were, you would understand her inabilities.


  80. ac July 6, 2013 at 10:33 AM #

    HA! HA! the numbers just don.t add up. the committe not a bunch oif dumb nitwits . absoluetly correct CTUSAB without BWU did not pass the test. HA! HA! and furthermore the ILO rules were breached by not having BWU voice at the table during the decision process. Take it away CASWELL …….


  81. David July 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM #

    And the government lead by Suckoo rubber stamped the arrangement.


  82. David July 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM #

    Note the part of the article which BU has bolded for emphasis. It was a Cabinet decision according to Suckoo  Obviously a misinformed position:

    Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo.
    Government’s own version of the politics of inclusion, not an attempt to ostracise Senator Sir Roy Trotman, is the main reason why the veteran trade unionist will not be the main labour representative at an upcoming International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva.
    Breaking her silence today on the issue which led to Sir Roy’s Barbados Workers Union to withdraw from the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados last week, and prompted a CTUSAB response saying that organisation was simply following its rules after a Government invitation, Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo said allegations of disrespect leveled at her ministry were misinterpreted.
    After decades of the BWU as an organisation, and Sir Roy as the delegate, representing the trade union movement and the annual ILO meeting, Government decided this month that it should include the wider labour movement under the umbrella body CTUSAB.
    Byer-Suckoo, who apologised to the BWU General Secretary today for any misunderstanding on the issue, said this was based on a Cabinet decision.
    “Every year the Government of Barbados attends the International Labour Conference and is invited to bring an official delegation comprised of two government, one employer and one worker, fully funded by the Government. Delegates may take advisors at their expense,” she explained.
    “For decades the BWU was invited to send a delegate, and that delegate for many years was Sir Roy. That invitation was based on the fact that the BWU was the largest trade union on the island, representing a wide cross section of workers.
    “However, it is the view of the Government that with the formation of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados as an umbrella organisation, the CTUSAB provides an even wider representation and the invitation to the ILC should be to CTUSAB, of which the BWU was a member,” she added.
    The minister said this opinion was “in keeping with the ILO’s definition of a representative body”.
    “Until recently, it was a fortuitous coincidence that the BWU’s General Secretary was the President of CTUSAB and the workers VP at the ILO. Therefore, no formal distinction was made, or even necessary then,” she pointed out.
    “The Cabinet this month agreed that, starting this year, the invitation to the ILC would go through CTUSAB. The idea was not to exclude the BWU but to include others and thereby achieve the widest representation.
    “CTUSAB would then select and recommend the delegate. It is my understanding that that was done by CTUSAB at a meeting of its Executive Board, at which time the BWU was a member of CTUSAB. Representation by the employers is also through its umbrella body the Barbados Employers Confederation,” she noted.
    Byer-Suckoo also pointed out that the current Social Partnership protocol and previous ones specifically named CTUSAB “as the representative body for workers and at meetings of the Social Partnership sub committee the workers have been represented by CTUSAB”.
    She hoped the current difficulties between the BWU and CTUSAB would be resolved for the benefit of Barbados.
    “The Ministry of Labour and the Government rely on the dialogue and collaboration with our stakeholders in the private sector and the trade unions. We will continue to work with CTUSAB and with the BWU. It is my hope that the parties will resolve their issues for a better Barbados for the workers and for us all,” she stated.
    Byer-Suckoo also praised Sir Roy and the BWU “for decades of invaluable service to the Government and people of Barbados through advocacy and contribution to legislation, policies, practices and conventions here at home and across the globe”.
    “Sir Roy’s contribution to the ILO has been sterling and he has made us particularly proud as he served as the workers VP at the ILO for 19 years, a post he resigned two years ago,” she said. (SC)


  83. ac July 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM #

    That decsion was fuel by the political dictorate who use the govt as a tool trying to teach Sir ROY a lesson refrence to the so-called racial slur. DR byer suckoo is not a dumb person and should have known better than to be used by outside influence. .the comittee got it right leaving poitics out of the equation and giving the govt a black eyed


  84. David July 6, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

    If there was no female affirmative policy Suckoo would be out long time. The DLP is struggling to find females to represent the party therefore the high tolerance.


  85. Gabriel Tackle July 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM #

    BU must be congratulated for giving the nitty gritty detail of the incestuous
    relationship obtained in these small island,parochial,democracies so-called.
    Labour dues can never support the Mercedes/Beamer/Audi driving wannabees
    of the Labour movement,so a subvention from Govt will always open the door
    to duplicity and hypocrisy in some areas of the labour movement in Barbados.Freeness in some private sector entities will always be a pause to a cause that demands resistance and the good that might be done.


  86. ac July 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

    Unfortunately fo suckoo she bend to the whims of thise who wanted to do-away with SIR and the end result has left here solely having egg on her face Not good.. taking control of a situation cannot be implemented and mandated by alternative motives. this coulld have been handle in the correct manner only by following the rules that govern the ILO and not one intrepretations of what the rules meant.


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