Notes From a Native Son: How Sir Roy, Out of Step with his Times, is Damaging the Nation

Hal Austin

Hal Austin

Introduction:
Once again the nation has been treated to a childish outburst from Sir Roy Trotman, the grandfather of Barbadian trade unionism, over an issue that is as relevant to a nation up to its neck in economic problems as it is for a shopper forced to join the back of the queue. We all know, as a nation, that Sir Roy, who ought to be the elder statesman of industrial relations, is capable of crying like a naughty baby who has thrown his toy out of the pram. To my mind, he has no sense of statesmanship or of good leadership and should be sent out to graze by his members.

The Case:
Sir Roy got his smalls in a twist when, it is alleged, members of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations voted to deny the Barbados Workers’ Union, of which he is general secretary, a place as part of the delegation to the International Labour Organisation meeting.
It appears, even to those of us not connected with the discussions, that it was a snub, whether intended or not, a small matter that Sir Roy could have drawn to the associate members’ attention.

But, true to form (I even get the impression he did not consult his executive colleagues, and indeed a move of such magnitude should be voted on by all the union’s members) he decided he would walk out. It is consistent with the impression I have of him as a poor negotiator – it is his way or no way.

I can well imagine that Sir Roy, a big fish in a small pond, likes the idea of parading on the global stage, even if it is a peripheral organisation like the ILO, but to call it quits because he did not get a pick is ridiculous.
Once again it is Sir Roy Trotman and the Barbados Workers’ Union, once a proud representative organisation of ordinary working people against the battalions of the plantation owners and commodity importers, who, it is clear to my mind, is now blackmailing his colleagues in the movement.

There was a time when the BWU, under the leadership of Walcott and Blunt, had no more ambition than to represent the lighter men, warehouse workers and the others who slaved all day on the wharf shipping crocus bags of sugar and other goods to and from ships moored in Carlisle Bay. It was hard work and those of us, young men and women, who witnessed that pressure could only dream of never having to work so physically hard for a living, however dignified.

Walcott, Blunt and their colleagues, in a modest office at the junction of Nelson and Fairchild Streets, would provide the leadership that the union needed against unscrupulous importers and their under-managers. It was trade unionism at its best. Workers were happy to save with the union and every May 1, along with their families, will go off to King George park to have a wonderful day out. It was one of the joys of my pre-teen years.

Analysis and Conclusion:
Sir Roy is consistently proving himself to the biggest stumbling block to the progress of trade unionism in Barbados and, in many eyes, runs the BWU like it is his fiefdom. He comes over as a bitter and twisted man, who has no effective grasp of reality but sees only his deeply flawed selfish ends and his flawed pride. To any ordinary person, his is a myopic vision that does not even see clearly the long-term benefits of his active and former members, but does everything to alienate those young men and women who should naturally be his future member.

Sir Roy should be the elderly statesman of Barbadian – nay, Caribbean – trade unionism, instead he is the angry, grumpy old man who appears to be contorted with illusions of grandeur and like King Canute, wants to hold back the hands of time. He is from another age, a time when post-holders just had to turn up at work and the people would genuflect to them; he is from an age when our leaders did not have to justify their positions or authority; a time when just having a title or a paper qualification meant you were the top of the tree.

These are different times, when every one of us must justify our place in the order of things, no matter who we are. Once we have become redundant, exhausted our relevance, then we should quietly leave the stage to the next generation. Sir Roy has overstayed his welcome and should take a bow and exit the stage. As long as he heads the BWU he will be seen as the symbol of everything that is holding Barbados back from progressing in to the 21st century. Sometimes his authoritarian nature prevents people who would normally want to throw their weight behind organised Barbadian labour to back away. His behaviour on this issue, even if he has a moral case, is juvenile and unbecoming, and certainly betrays his position as the elder statesman of Barbadian trade unionism. He should walk away with quiet dignity and let the people, in moments of reflection, realise what they had done.

But, equally, the undignified desire by the minister to publicly apologise to a man who is beside himself with his own self-importance demeans that high office of state. What Sir Roy should be doing is mentoring the minister, sitting her down and offering mature advice about the need for a job creation programme, about the sad state of the economy, and how Barbados could re-direct its industrial relations and trade unions policies to go beyond the old and obsolete collective bargaining principles to include representation for working people from the cradle to the grave. This is far more important than attending a junket with the ILO, which can only add to his deluded sense of self-importance which makes very little contribution to the betterment of Barbadian organised workers. Instead, Sir Roy has become a political autistic with a vocabulary that has stopped at pay rise and strike, there is no middle way. Given that the minister of finance and the governor of the central bank have lost control of the economic debate, it is an ideal opportunity for the trade union movement to take control and dominate that intellectual public space. This is what their members expect, sound leadership, positive guidance, clear and dynamic policies.

Sir Roy is picking a fight over trivia because he has no ideas, his intellectual cupboard is empty. In the final analysis, Sir Roy will find himself on the wrong side of history, defending the middle aged and old in their cosy jobs while the future of the nation, those aged from 16-25 walk the streets and hang out on the blocks without jobs, training or a decent education. Rightfully, while defending his current members from exploitation, he should be creating a level playing field for his future member s by showing them that the union cares. At some point members of his union must call a halt to this ego-driven Shakespearean drama and rid the nation of this menace. Someone must step up to the plate and, metaphorically speaking, be the Brutus to Trotman’s Caesar. One good thing about Sir Roy’s behaviour is that he once more has shown the idiocy of the so-called Social Partnership, and the lack of basic trust at its very core.

Sir Roy has a blind side when it comes to calculating social dividends, as he demonstrates by avoiding taking part in wider public debates preferring to simply sit on his pile in Hindsbury Road and pretend all is right with the world. It pains me to say it, but as a nation we deserve the leaders we get. For the good of Barbadian trade unionism and of the membership of the BWU, he should go.

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  1. The People's Democratic Congress April 27, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

    DR. THE HONOURABLE,

    We are strongly arguing against trade unions and trade union leaders for being some of the biggest obstacles to national social development in Barbados.

    There can be no seperation of one from the other, as each reinforces the other – each is dependent on the other – in the process of their assisting the employer classes in the utter degradation and exploitation of the broad masses and middle classes of workers of Barbados.

    We venture to argue that alongside the DLP/BLP, the BWU and the NUPW are among the biggest political obstacles to the progress of the broad masses and middle classes in our country. They have been able to position themselves between these segments of the people and their achievement of their own evolution from being workers to being part owners of the non-human means of production and distribution.

    So, rather than these trade unions and so-called trade union leaders realising themselves as being part of a wider evolutionary process and which at some stage must involve the demise of the role/status of the worker and what goes with them naturally, e.g, the trade union – much like the metamorphasis involving the caterpillar and the butterfly – in order for a higher stage of human social development to be reached, these trade unions and these so-called trade union leaders are like some virulent diseases attacking the natural process of change.

    So, in order to protect this transformation process these trade unions must be naturally removed by making sure that there is a fundamental change in the social political financial relationships between workers and employers by creating for both of them the roles/statuses of partners of the enterprises in which they currently operate.

    PDC

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  2. islandgal246 April 27, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    Bush Tea | April 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM |

    “Females also happen to be easier to brainwash with shiite. To accept the nonsense pushed by these agencies as fact, and to come back home pushing their agenda items.
    ….most men just go and have a good time and forget the lotta shiite as soon as the conference is finished.
    ….that is mostly why they want women.”

    Bushie you really asking for that 2×4 up your arse! You could talk till the cows come home you will NEVER halt the progress of women. All the shite talk bout women in positions you only jealous of them…. real baddd too. You have forgotten that the men are in key positions on this island and look how they are running things into the ground. One day coming soon we will get our female PM and not one rass you could do bout that! Mrs Bush Tea should give you a double dose of senna and castor oil, you got too much shite in yuh and it coming out through all you holes. Stupse.

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  3. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 7:06 AM #

    I am starting to take real serious issue with the Barbados trade union being a sexist boys club who see females as lacking intellectual discipline and should be kept at home in Barbados and away from international agencies to gain the exposure needed to affect serious change, because black females are so easily brainwashed, are these jokes listening to themselves??, they have only succeeded in compounding my belief that black males are truly the weakest link in the black race, exposing more reasons why the race cannot move forward, please listen to Marcus Garvey…………………….what the union boys club is accusing females of potentially doing if allowed to attend these world wide ILO conferences, they themselves are doing worse, wasting taxpayers dollars at conferences worldwide while contributing nothing of significance to upgrade the mentalities on the island upon their return other than boasting what a great time they had while forgetting all the shite they heard at the conference and leaving it there while describing the whores they entertained. (oh, I have heard).

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  4. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 7:09 AM #

    Bushy……………….you are lucky i am not your wife. (smile)

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  5. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM #

    And the BLP and DLP have over many decades allowed this wastage of taxpayers money by the sexist boys club of the Barbados trade union why??? oh, i forgot, they are just as sexist and also do the same and also do so much worse than using taxpayers dollars to entertain themselves just to come back from these conferences and gleefully boast about prostitutes…………..see, time is longer than twine, you swine.

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  6. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 7:54 AM #

    St. Dragon…………….it appears that you prefer the bajan taxpayers to be lied to and robbed blind by the sexist boys club calling themselves a trade union in Barbados rather than funds being accessed from the international agencies, as they are meant to be………..who the hell is raising you idiots in Bim??

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  7. David April 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM #

    A look at the BWU Administrative team shows a number of women who occupy several positions. The question we must ask, if Sir Roy is interested in serious successio planning why not give a few of these AGS’s a chance to be exposed to the ILO environment?

    The Administration
    Headquarters Senior Staff
    Sir Roy Trotman
    General Secretary
    Vere St C Rock
     Deputy General Secretary/Financial Controller
    Julian Hunte
    Deputy General Secretary/Director of Industrial Relations
    Mrs. Veronica Griffith
    Deputy General Secretary/Research
    Miss Toni Moore
    Deputy General Secretary/Director of Administration
    Mrs. Evette Gibson
    Senior Assistant General Secretary/ Personnel
    Orlando Scott
    Senior Assistant General Secretary – Public Relations/ Occupational Safety & Health
    Miss Yvonne Walkes
    Senior Assistant General Secretary – Industrial Counsellor   E LeVere Richards
    Industrial Relations Consultant
    Dwaine Paul
    Assistant General Secretary/Deputy Director of Industrial Relations
    Mrs. Anne Dottin
    Assistant General Secretary – Finance
    Clifford Mayers
    Assistant General Secretary – Industrial Relations
    Mrs. Doreen Deane  Assistant General Secretary-Research
    Mrs. Gillian Alleyne
    Assistant General Secretary-Research, Planning and Programming
    Mrs. Krista Atherley
    Assistant General Secretary – Administration
    Miss Destry Jones
    Assistant General Secretary – Accounts
    David Giles
    Senior Industrial Relations Officer 
    Mrs. Juliet Pollard
    Senior Industrial Relations Officer
    Miss Nancy Solomon
    Senior Industrial Relations Officer
    Miss Dionne Howard
    Industrial Relations Officer 
    Miss Lisa Holder
    Industrial Relations Officer
    Sean Scott
    Industrial Relations Officer

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  8. Bush Tea April 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM #

    So wait…. ac gone senile now? Not a word of cussing for Bushie after all that provocation….?
    Man ac, Bushie missing the love…. Don’t leave it all for Islandgal and Well Well….

    Look Islandgal, you may not like the FACTS that Bushie presents, but FACTS they are!
    ….if you doubt Bushie ask Islandguy (#1) …..but not when he begging…. :)

    Listen…
    When BBE first made man they did not make any women and it quickly became clear that the damn men would just waste time playing with meaningless toys…instead of getting on with mashing up the place…
    …so women were created – in order to accelerate the chaos and confusion. FIRST thing the woman did was start dealing with the devil…. LOL
    You are right. A woman PM is inevitable. ….ask GP…in the last days because we have been so wutless, our women and children shall rule….with the inevitable consequences.

    @ Well Well
    You are right….
    Bushie is lucky that you are not his wife.

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  9. David April 27, 2013 at 8:04 AM #

    The BWU Executive Council which is the decision making body of the BWU is also comprised of a number of females. Why would it have agreed over the years for Sir Roy to go on these junkets usually accompanied by his wife. Where is the plan to build a succession plan.

    The Executive Council
    The government of the union and the conduct of its business shall be in the hands of the Executive Council   (Rule 8 (i) : Rules and Regulations of the Barbados Workers’ Union)
    President General
    Linda Brooks     Vice Presidents
    Carol BoyceNeville KirtonByron Jackman    Treasurer
    Washbrook Bayne
    Sir Roy Trotman  General Secretary
    Members
    Heather Coward-DownesDesmond Roach
    Kim MoseleyCarlton Hope
    Winston RoachShawn Knight
    Madeleine BlenmanJeffrey Nicholls
    Wesley ChaseMarcia Chandler-Thompson
    Milton GriffithAllison Howell
    Gregory MaughnHoward Griffith
    Denese MorganGerard Prescod
    Jeffrey GrantHenry Codrington
    Trustees
    Hugh Arthur Lemuel Daniel
    Alwyn Tull

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  10. Adrian Loveridge April 27, 2013 at 8:06 AM #

    David,
    So many people. Any idea what the paid-up membership of BWU is?

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  11. David April 27, 2013 at 8:09 AM #

    Sir Roy is lauded by the ILO:

    The ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean is pleased to publish this special issue of ILO Caribbean Newslink in tribute to Sir Roy Trotman, who retired from the ILO’s Governing Body in June 2011. Sir Roy, who hails from the “continent of Barbados,” is a true son of the Caribbean soil, who has had the distinction of serving the ILO’s Governing Body for 20 years. Of the 20 years, he served nine years as the Chairperson of the ILO Workers’ Group, championing the cause of millions of workers worldwide.  We are proud to have had Sir Roy represent our region and workers globally, and are honoured to pay this special tribute to him.
    sir-roy-newsletter.pdf 3.02 Mb

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  12. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 8:12 AM #

    With all the nepotism entrenched in Bim, how can we be sure that the female members of the union are not family members just towing the line??……………sad state of affairs.

    Bushie……………….don’t knock it, you may like it.

    Black women ruled the world at one point, until we trusted you guys to take over and what did you do? hand it over to the whites, all because you got a look at some wrinkled old skin white woman………………..we have to take it back to save the race.

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  13. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

    I am glad to see Trotman lauded, but why was he so ineffective with royal shop and sandy lane……………….no workers will follow him to strike after that fiasco…………..

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  14. David April 27, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    @Adrian

    The 2012 BWU Financial Report makes no mention of numbers, there is a reference to declining membership.

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  15. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

    As a high ranking member of ILO, I am sure Trotman would have been aware of the concerns of the ILO re not enough female presence from other member countries……………his first action should have been to make sure Bajan women were represented effectively on the ILO board………….this stinks of selfishness and arrogance.

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  16. The People's Democratic Congress April 27, 2013 at 8:43 AM #

    Obzocky,

    Are you reading us carefully? We are about bold and responsible systemic changes for us – the broad masses and middle classes – for the brighter and better of our people and others. Such involves moving away from this cruel insidious work system/culture and most of what they express/represent structurally and otherwise – including trade unions – and towards a system of business partnerships in Barbados and what they would express/represent for the better for the people and the country as a whole, politically and otherwise – locally based national and international focus groups aimed at moving many within the different social classes towards a stronger nation state building process.

    PDC

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  17. islandgal246 April 27, 2013 at 8:59 AM #

    Bushie I am glad that you agree that most of the men in this world are useless and are incapable of good leadership. We women have always been in charge behind the scenes but are now forced to come forward because of the waywardness of your ilk. You all have no qualms in walking away from your families without losing a night’s sleep. Women are strong they will get over the many hurdles and insults you throw their way.

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  18. David April 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM #

    @islandgal

    Both males and females have different roles in nurturing a family. If men as some agree are reneging on their roles and women are called to perform both, it spells the destruction of the family and society as a whole.

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  19. Bush Tea April 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM #

    Bravo David
    Exactly the point.

    There are multiple reasons why the men are so piss poor. Ranging from food and environmental factors that result in estrogen imbalances; … to the kind of women from whom any sensible man would run away;….to men who are just overwhelmed by the complexities of 21st century life.

    The FACT is that for whatever reason, when there are no men to provide strong leadership, SOCIETY DIES. Not just the foolish soft men, but men, women and children.

    Smart women therefore invest in strong men…..

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  20. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 9:18 AM #

    The family is already in destruct mode…………..the males are absent and refuse to effectively do their parts..

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  21. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

    Bushie…………..which men do you propose we invest in??? we gave you the world and you gave it away with pride to a race that was dying, and who effectively resurrected themselves to enslave you…………..who can we trust?? should we invest in the chinese men??, they got the billions……when the black male begins to understand themselves and get back in touch with nature, then they will be a good investment, until then all is lost.

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  22. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

    Bushie………………….what have you done???

    ac | April 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM |

    Bush Tea gawd morning u lowlife scalliwag. don.t you have no respects for your ancestors who worked and died at the hands of the slave masters because of such unjustifiable abused heaped upon them mentally and physically. Now u trivialsing and rationalising the obscene behaviour acted upon a black by these decendants as justifiable in the name of change makes u one igruntt NEGRO

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  23. Caswell Franklyn April 27, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

    Bushie

    You said:

    “LOL Wuh even Caswell was bribed with such trips by his credit union mates….and their per diems are even bigger than governments….”

    Sorry to disappoint you but normally I refuse to attend the useless credit union junkets. Instead, I sourced training in order to better equip myself to do my duty. As a result, I now hold a diploma in credit union management from Cuna Management School and the University of Wisconsin. Also I was pursuing training in fraud detection: I only completed the part one. When Stephen Lashley became president of the credit union, he cancelled my registration even though the fees were already paid and they were not refundable. They could not afford to have me better equipped: I was already finding too much dirt.

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  24. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM #

    Oh Lordee………….wow!!

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  25. Bush Tea April 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM #

    So wait Caswell… You think Bushie didn’t know that….? But what you think these BU women would do to the bushman now if it begins to look like Bushie got something against short men? …best that you tell the story…
    Wait though Caswell…..you is a centipede or something?
    Wuh wherever you go dey got people trying to mash you….! LOL Ha Ha

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  26. Bush Tea April 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM #

    @ Well Well re…

    “ac | April 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM |
    Bush Tea gawd morning u lowlife scalliwag……”
    **********
    Who knows what Bush Tea has done ac now?
    Perhaps she had a bad dream…
    Perhaps she had a good night :)
    Or maybe she is just as confused as we are about what she has written…

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  27. ac April 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM #

    Bushie what’s it with you and woman. Was your mother a babboon and your father a gorilla cause all de sh..te talk u spit out about woman would make me believe that u should stil be living amongst your jungle relatives and not within modernday civilisation.

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  28. Prodigal Son April 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

    @David | April 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM |

    @peltdownman

    Leroy Parris is a person of public interest. The banner serves to keep the CLICO matter topical. Surely BIPA and the policyholders appreciate it?
    “”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

    David,
    Have heard anything lately on this CLICO affair? What is the status of the Judicial Managers? Are they still raking in the millions from the suckers for policyholders who to this day are still paying premiums even though they know that their monies are going into a black hole or rather into the JM’s and Terrance Thornhill’s pockets? I really feel sorry for those people!

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  29. David April 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM #

    @Prodigal Son

    Based on the last update from the MoF it is a regional problem which means the other countries must commit to a solution. If not there are legal implications for Barbados.

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  30. ac April 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM #

    Bushie reasons unknow to ac or for purposes only for malicious intent the comment posted by WELL! WELL!….ac April/27/@9,02am was lifted from a post i made on the MARCUS GARVEY article. the comment was not intended for this blog. some bajans are very devious for trute. ac knows when to speak for herself she does not need a mouth piece or secondary help.

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  31. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM #

    Prodigal……………the CLICO policyholders are damned if they do and damned if they don’t…………while everyone else continues to get rich off them……………..how will they win??

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  32. Pat April 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM #

    @ac

    Not to worry! Bush Tea has a place for me on his committee. I will accept on ONE condition only. I must be MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STATUS OF WOMEN!!!!

    ha, ha, ha. I will fix him for you.

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  33. Well Well April 27, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

    Bushie…………..be warned…………..FIXED can also mean neutered………that usually cures sexist males………..hope you are not one of the trade union playboys or shims.

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  34. Yamma April 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

    David | April 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM |
    @ David/April 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    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)

    Accounting Clerk – Tricia Jordan (David the Gardener’s daughter)

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  35. Well Well April 28, 2013 at 2:01 PM #

    Why am i not surprised………….

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  36. Yamma April 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM #

    And guess which BWU entity the next Gen Sec’s husband happens to work for in a senior capacity!

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  37. Pat April 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM #

    @Yamma

    How come Mr. Rock retired already. He was supposed to go in November this year around his birthday. I spoke to him in February and that is the info he gave. What happened, did he have a heart attack or something? His belly was quite big. I see his Lordship’s is also getting back up there. I think they use their “entertainment allowance” to entertain themselves.

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  38. Well Well April 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM #

    They eat and drink and swell themselves into illness and death, the nepotism and incest never ends………..the males are famous for that, saw one in a foreign consulate recently, he was so swollen, you could see he will drop dead very shortly, nothing but greedy swines.

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  39. Yamma April 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM #

    Pat
    U think the man really want to be going to court every week at that stage of his life in relation to those housing projects his lordshit wrapped the Union up in? From what I understand, Rockie must have be tired of going to work everyday and having to be introduced to a new member of staff, who was hired for his department.
    When you consider that, the housing mess that deserves a commission of inquiry and the fact that his replacement was really anxious to take over responsibility for the licquor cabinet keys, lordshit’s increasingly poor judgement, and oother things I don’t think Mr Rock [gentleman] deserves to have tied to his name. Why NOT?!

    You know Pat, within 3 months, BWU has lost Deputy GS. If you look at it otherwise, within 1 year they have lost 4 + 1 Industrial Relations Officer.

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  40. Pooch April 29, 2013 at 7:09 AM #

    @Well Well
    You talking about using up entertainment allowances for What!? My friend you may have just stumble on the real reason there is so much lethargy in the private sector, the unionized private sector at that.
    If only you see the cases and cases of big mouth licquors and lunch cakes and deep fried chicken that gets ‘donated’ in the spirit of partnership.
    So maybe we will see some sliming down since they have withdrawn from this partnership farce!

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  41. Well Well April 29, 2013 at 8:02 AM #

    Pooch, they are all just a bunch of lickerish, self-serving sexist pigs…………..and it appears the only way a female will be allowed to rise to the status of attending those ILO functions is if she is literally in bed with one of the creeps……………sickening and about time it ends, i see Arthur is standing in the corner of Trotman, he too has been accused multiple times in the past of sexism, Bajan men wake up, you are killing the island…………………

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  42. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    Well Well
    Did you read Yamma’s list carefully; most of the names are female. I saw Toni Moore recruiting some men one day and she seemed to be very confident about her tight jean pants ability to recruit.

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  43. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM #

    Well Well
    We have some professional women in Barbados who to climb the ladder or short circuit the game; pelt their business all round the place; they become sexual samples for the delight of these so called powerful men. When these women reach where they think they should be, they then cry wolf about women’s rights and respecting women. We the outside idiots then pick up their fire rage. This is why it is so difficult to find women of ability among this who of who of Barbados. It is common practice for most of them to hone that “pelt around their business” at whatever university they would have gone to. And in my time I have seen bright bright women but very few in Barbados. So AC you are in very good company.

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  44. islandgal246 April 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM #

    Lemmie the women who pelt around dem business must have men who pelt around dem business too. It takes two to pelt nuh?

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  45. Well Well April 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM #

    Lemuel……………….most of the females on that list is just window dressing…………the men need to finally grow some morals and encourage the females instead of enabling them with the sex for positions scam, it is still nothing more or less than prostitution.

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  46. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM #

    Island
    That is true but do not play that game and then expect to treated as a queen. These women are just as bad as the men who engage in this behavior and they do not understand the pressure they put the other young women who seek to follow them and attain what they did. I am a very very firm believer that young women and young men should not have to be pelting around their business to make a contribution to Barbados, but given the standard that is being set, we may see more and more of it.

    I had a friend who was just out of school; his department was headed by a homosexual; some of the new officers had to go home; the ones that stayed were “pelting their business” with the head of the department. That was in the 70s, and that is why I would always have a serious difficulty with Peter Bullham and Mia.

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  47. David April 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM #

    @Lemuel

    Can you advise why PW delisted David(BU) from his FB?

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  48. islandgal246 April 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM #

    Lemmie there have always been leeches in positions hetero or homo and they continue to prey on the innocent. Unless proper legislation can be enforced this will continue to happen. Women and men MUST have standards and be willing to walk away and expose these predators. I have walked away from some of these stinking people who thought that I was needy when they come trying to see if I would bite their bait. The problem is many do not have any standards at all.

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  49. David April 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM #

    @islandgal

    You can have all the legislation you want and we should but the willingness of immoral employees to go the ‘business’ route will always be with us. It is a beast we have to manage.

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  50. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM #

    David
    I don’t know ; ask Baffy.

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  51. Well Well April 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM #

    Lemuel………………..the prostitution for positions is now part of the culture, the political landscape and the society as a whole, no amount of laws or legislation will change that ugly scenario…………from what i am hearing from my elders, and these are people who no longer have a reason to lie, it started in the political arena and exploded with ‘independence’ not that that would have stopped anything but i too am concerned that Mia (i really don’t like interfering in people’s sex lives) is aspiring to one day be PM when it is alleged that as AG the registry got filled with her personal whatevers although the person who was in charge at the time objected to the assignments of several of her whatevers. That begs the question, what will she do as PM??

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  52. Well Well May 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

    I see Trotman in todays nation trivializing rape……………these clowns do have a nerve.

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  53. Yamma May 5, 2013 at 7:40 AM #

    @Well Well
    I thought so too, of his comments. I thought it very disappointing and cowardly that no one- not the President of NOW (National Organisation of Women, not any of the proponents of women’s protection against abuse came forward to renounce these yet again reckless statement made from a MayDay stage.
    And interestingly enough, there is a senior member of staff at BWU who up to about 2 years ago, was the Pres. of NOW.

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