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Is the Economy Improving and Why Strike Now

NUPW_StrikeThe report coming out of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it  ‘failed to realise the damage austerity would do to Greece’ makes for an interesting observation as Barbados is negotiating its own brand of economic austerity.  The moral of the story for Barbadians is simple, we need to solve our problems  by leveraging homegrown knowledge capital – see article IMF admits: we failed to realise the damage austerity would do to Greece. .

The admission by IMF Chief Christine Lagarde brings back the memory of pre-2007 and how global credit rating agencies contributed to the global recession by feeding demand for helter skelter consumption and ignoring a financial framework built on a questionable financial market which continues today to peddle questionable securities the like of credit default swaps, derivatives and electronic trading to mention a few.

During the recent presentation of the 2015 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals minister of finance Chris Sinckler insisted it was a home grown effort. However a visit to the IMF website supports the position the economic prescription the government seems committed to is NOT home grown. The huge debt to GDP gives Barbados little or no wiggle room to ignore the advice of international financial agencies largely responsible for influencing credit rating agencies. Despite what the prime minister and finance manager would have us believe a good sovereign credit rating does matter. The junk credit rating of Barbados makes borrowing on the capital market an expensive undertaking. Ask the Cahill people!

The news making the rounds this week and publicized at the BLP Tyrol Cot meeting last Sunday night: the government has been ‘analysing’ an IMF report on the state of the Barbados economy for about three weeks since the delivery of the Budget, and is yet to give permission for its release to the public. It supports the widely held view the Stuart government is inclined to manipulate information and  engage in a lack of transparency for political advantage. The minister of finance was forced to  hurriedly confirm the IMF report story the Monday after the BLP Tyrol,Cot meeting. What should be 0f interest to Barbadians – minister Sinckler confirmed  the IMF is still concerned about the level of quantitative easing being practiced by the central bank of Barbados and government.

On a related note: the industrial relations climate in Barbados is ‘hotting up’  and it makes one wonder how effective the social partnership has been in the last couple of years, and we add minister of labour Esther Byer to the mix. BU suspects both unions have not forgotten the ‘black eye’ given to them by government and private sector in recent years. NUPW must still be smarting from the NCC matter  and under a new management seems to be bent on retrieving its flagging reputation. There is also the Caswell Franklyn factor whose union has been making more noise than the two which are more established. It is unfortunate both sides have reached a point where dialogue has broken down, the last thing Barbados needs at this time is a national strike and low productivity. In the case of the BIDC  – the current matter which has triggered industrial protest – it seems to be one better left to the law court to determine, but any issue maybe a good issue for the union to claw back its influence and membership.

The perilous state of the economy requires Barbadians to leverage the benefit of the large investment in education by resolving our problems. The rising tension in industrial relations in Barbados is symptomatic of a dearth in leadership in all facets of society.

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290 Comments on “Is the Economy Improving and Why Strike Now”

  1. balance July 8, 2015 at 8:07 AM #

    .’.so why can’t they be just brass bowl idiots?
    There is no shortage of this commodity.”
    impossible Bushie; even idiotism has its limits.

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  2. Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 8:38 AM #

    LOL @ balance
    …you ever heard of AC?

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  3. David July 8, 2015 at 9:19 AM #

    Greece given until Sunday to accept rescue package or be booted from the Eurozone.

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  4. Hants July 8, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    Barbados Government given until Friday or the country will be “shut down “.

    We are racing to the bottom of the pit.

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  5. David July 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    @Hants

    There is an irony somewhere in our last comments.

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  6. Artaxerxes July 8, 2015 at 10:37 AM #

    ac July 8, 2015 at 12:06 AM #

    “the above comment confirms what everybody knows that the BLP are the drvers behind this strike by putting the new guards in place at NUPW after the ole guard left office…”

    The above comment proves beyond reasonable doubt that the DLP was actually running the unions. Walter Maloney, Dennis Clarke, Joseph Goddard and Leroy Trotman are known DEMS.

    The BLP being “the drivers behind this strike by putting the new guards in place at NUPW after the ole guard left office…” is sheer speculation.

    You don’t have any evidence to prove this nonsense. But “what everybody knows” is that Trotman, Maloney, Clarke and Goddard are members of the DLP.

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  7. balance July 8, 2015 at 6:09 PM #

    “and Goddard are members of the DLP”
    that Mr Goddard is a member of the DLP could be speculation as well. He was a candidate for the NDP in their disastrous foray as a political party.

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  8. David July 8, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

    @Jeff

    Have you been able to cogitate on the widely publicized view of Tricia Watson re: the BIDC matter and the letting go of the 13?

    On 8 July 2015 at 22:09, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  9. Prodigal Son July 8, 2015 at 7:40 PM #

    My reading of the matter is that the language in the BIDC documents governing the body is dubious and both sides are interpreting them differently.

    This matter may not have escalated had Donville Innis not have been so arrogant and condescending. Earlier in this DLP self inflicted economic downturn, he declared that he did not want any salary cut as he has bills to pay. He who is alleged to have millions know that he has bills to pay but he does not think that the employees have bills to pay.

    Artaxerxes, forget ac, it is useless engaging them.

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  10. Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 8:39 PM #

    @ David
    “..widely publicized view of Tricia Watson…”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    LOL …she was at pains today to prove Bushie’s point that women should be kept as far as possible from serious leadership responsibilities….First of course by getting all worked up and emotional on the subject – to the point where she REFUSED to open-mindedly entertain contrary views…..
    …and then her attitude reeks of an immaturity that is REALLY scary.
    Her position seems to be typified by her contention that the LAW overrides relationship based protocols….and hence that the BIDC were justified in ignoring the union and following ‘the Law’.

    In the first place, ‘The Law’ is total and complete SHIITE, conceived and drafted by what we now know to be a set of corrupt and UNTRUSTWORTHY brass bowls who are Bajan Lawyers.
    Have you noted that EVERY SHIITE that they ‘draft’ have at least ten DIFFERENT possible interpretations? Cuh shiite man!!! you telling Bushie that we spend THOUSANDS of dollars sending to Sir Cave’s kingdom and then thousands more getting the LSC (or whatever the hell Mia don’t have) … and they cant write a SIMPLE law to detail when people can be sent on pension or not…?

    steupsss… do you know that those JAs could not even COPY the seat belt law properly…and as we speak it remains incomplete and open to different interpretations?

    Of course David, you would know that this is a DELIBERATE ploy to make THEIR ‘services’ critical…as well as to permit possible court judgements to go ‘any way that they determine’ based on who is involved….Imagine she is suggesting that based on a ‘Law’ like this, the BIDC has the right to arbitrarily send a particular set of people home WITHOUT any discussion with the people’s union?

    OBVIOUSLY a company has the RIGHT to make staff adjustments as they see fit, however it is not difficult to see why a FAIR, TRANSPARENT and consistent process should be applied…and why it should be transparent enough to pass muster with the Union. Having AGREED to such a protocol, what nonsense are they now saying…?

    What options does such stupidity leave the Union?
    …actually she sounded just like the two others (women also) who represented the BIDC who seem to be just repeating the shiite that they had been instructed to say….without thinking.

    LOL ….women seem to be able to carry out such instructions very well….and ‘Lawyer women’ are the pick of the crap….

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  11. ac July 8, 2015 at 8:49 PM #

    Forget ac , prodigal u talk nuff jobby forget ac steupse like ac looking for favour from any one . look the truth hurts and the govt is right the NUPW has tried pushing the goal post out of reach to stiffle and hijacked the process, fuhget ac could not care less ” had not for the blp bloating the public service after pm sandifords had cut it done to a substantial level of adequacy the present govt would not be having these major challenges that affects govt servants and require making hard choices
    a lot of this shite the blp owns since they were the original sponsers due in part to their reckless decision making which now has been past on to present govt, of course the blp pretends as if all these problems happen six years ago and should now be ashamed of inviting the citizens of this country to break up and mash up in the name of political gamesmanship,

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  12. ac July 8, 2015 at 8:54 PM #

    bush shite is just a jack a.ss who wants to take control of the blog, most agree with what he says because they are mental midgets and cowards but ac does not give a flying shite what he says or thinks, the imbecile cannot even manage his own blog but got answers for all the worlds problems pleazeee guve me a f,,king break, steupse,

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  13. My Two Cents July 8, 2015 at 8:56 PM #

    Akani Mcdowell the new star boy of trade unionism orders from his big mouth that no garbage will be collected and he is not changing his mind on a national strike no matter what the PM and his government does or says. The inmates have completely taken over the asylum. Caswell Franklyn a man with a dubious record and the notorious teachers Redman and Shepherd (this is smoke the fire coming ) are running riot. Someone asked when they get time to teach. The garbage which went uncollected in the best of times is rapidly getting to the stage of squalor of shanty towns in Latin America and Africa. Barbados is sinking to its knees over an issue that grown people should sit across a table and work out. The new general secretary of the NUPW a star (mon) in her own right is a power broker. Her every word has the potential to cause millions to vanish in capital flight not only that but lost confidence in the state of Barbados. Quo Vadis Barbados. This strike is uncalled for the repercussions could be disastrous. Meanwhile we have to keep our nasty maggot infested garbage with its health related consequences in our homes as the new star boy decreed. Yes siree.

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  14. ac July 8, 2015 at 9:00 PM #

    mia mottley and the blp misfits running around town talking about unfair speaking of unfair how about mia getting never obtaining her LEC when others were required to do so,

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  15. balance July 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM #

    “This strike is uncalled for the repercussions could be disastrous. Meanwhile we have to keep our nasty maggot infested garbage with its health related consequences in our homes as the new star boy decreed. Yes siree”

    MR MY TWO Cents -You could talk until the cows come home. The demonstration would take on strike proportions with the nasty maggot infested garbage uncollected unless those letters of dismissal are withdrawn and the BIDC sit down with the UNION to find alternative methods for the BIDC to cut costs in their purported restructuring exercise without forcing workers to retire

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  16. balance July 8, 2015 at 9:25 PM #

    Mr BUSH TEA-The Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004-25, which was published in the Official Gazette dated December 23, 2004 makes provision for all persons in the public service at January 1, 2005 to retire compulsorily at the age stipulated uner the National Insurance Scheme trumps and supersedes Section (8) of Cap 384 which the BIDC and Ms Watson are using as a red herring.

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  17. Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM #

    @ balance
    The pertinent question is not about compulsory retirement age, but about the Board’s RIGHT to enforce earlier retirement….two different things.
    Generally one would EXPECT a Board to have the power to manage such issues as early retirement.

    Even if her interpretation is accepted, the idea that it can be EXECUTED in a high-handed arrogant manner without even the courtesy of speaking to the Union as agreed on the protocol is immensely IMMATURE.
    …somewhat like putting one’s hand in a lion mouth because some book says that man is king of the jungle….
    …and then complaining bitterly about having a prosthesis…..

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  18. ac July 8, 2015 at 9:42 PM #

    Big Talk Balance the govt is not going to renege , The Unions called for action is a disadvantage against the citizens of barbados where innocence would have to pay a price , This talk about telling govt What IT should do is not going to fly unless the law courts step in and says differently, In the meanwhile the govt can take action to rehire skilled labour who are retired to fill in areas if necessary, they are returning nationals also who would be happy to give of their services under these circumstances, the Unions have pick a big fight which in the long run might run them over,

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  19. ac July 8, 2015 at 9:47 PM #

    Can any one believe the nerve of Deputy Dawg alias bush shit to be questioning Mrs Watson expertise in an area where sh e is accomplished and successful have attained her LEC to practice law in Barbados ,question to u deputy dawg which college or university did u attend to get your LEC . clown.

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  20. Prodigal Son July 8, 2015 at 11:02 PM #

    This inept incompetent bunch of misfits came to government in 2008 and went on a rampage hiring their yard fowls………….you ac, can deny this all you want but this is a fact causing the big problem where the idiot for a Finance minister began borrowing 40million dollars per month to pay salaries.

    Look how many the boo boo doctor took on at NCC from Christ Church East

    Look at how many the one from St Philip took on at NHC and look despite the so called freeze on hiring, he took on a relative at Transport Board that caused the recent strike.

    Everyone of the dems who had power get their people hired………

    You could really hush, you think we have short selective memories like you!

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  21. Harold Yearwood July 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM #

    No one is talking about the truck situation at the SSA. There are no trucks at the SSA. Blame the NUPW

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  22. Bush Tea July 9, 2015 at 12:15 AM #

    @ AC
    …you have NO class; no manners; no style; and no damn sense….
    Look to women like Pat, Donna, and Simple and learn…since your mother seem to have failed you…

    ….and when you go on Bushie’s blog talking shiite …don’t leave personal information
    – yuh goat!!

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  23. David July 9, 2015 at 6:20 AM #

    Latest report confirmed the minister of labour is hard on the job to resolve the BIDC NUPW dispute. Contrary to Minister Inniss’ pronouncement the matter was reopened. Any wagers how it will be resolved? BU suspects those who have negotiated their cheques and want to early retire the decision will stand and the two or three who have not will be rehired.

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  24. ac July 9, 2015 at 6:32 AM #

    Oh shut up DEputy Dawg alias bus sh,it The Truth hurts .. got uh a,ss now,, YOU are in no position to set an agenda about How govt or any body should managed their affairs , First get Your F,,king house in order,then show the BU classroom how You did so.
    Get up in the BU classroom all day long huffing and puffing but ain;t got one ra,ss hole to show for it

    On another note the govt has cards that they can play against these rabble rouser , bring out the artillery i,e manpower and skilled workers who have a love for this country , Bring them OUT put them to work. This is a National emergency, no need to argue with idiots of the bush sh.it type , There Motto is SELF FIRST COUNTRY LAST,
    . It seems like the Union day to day strategy is weakening as the sight of Garbage is leaving a stench in the noses of the citizens as they say enough is enough and the Union leadership is finding itself in disagreement, Their strategy is foolhardy the repercussions from the fall out of the strike would find the unions disproportionate and less favorable with the people ,

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  25. David July 9, 2015 at 6:40 AM #

    When ignorance is bliss and credibility is no-more.

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  26. Jeff Cumberbatch July 9, 2015 at 8:03 AM #

    David, I am unaware of Tricia’s view. May you fill me in?

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  27. Jeff Cumberbatch July 9, 2015 at 8:50 AM #

    David, my point is simple. If you pass a law in 2012 that provides expressly for the lawfulness and unlawfulness of dismissals [or terminations at the initiative of the employer] and it does not carve out any exception for the lawfulness of any other terminations of employment that might have preceded it, then those earlier provisions will have to be read subject to the later law, and if they are found to be inconsistent, then they are impliedly repealed by the later legislation.

    A dismissal on account of the age, race, political opinion etc has now been rendered automatically unfair by section 30(1)(c)(XI) of the Employment Rights Act. To my mind, this impliedly repeals any law that permitted a dismissal on these bases previously. As I argued earlier,

    “Indeed, none seems to have noticed that the ERA2012 similarly provides in section 30(1)(c) that “a dismissal of an employee contravenes the right conferred on him by section 27[the right not to be unfairly dismissed by his employer] where the reason for the dismissal is (xi) a reason that relates to the race, colour, gender, age marital status, religion, political opinion… of the employee…” [Emphasis added]. ”

    Any argument to the contrary will have to show why that provision should not apply to the present dispute and why it does not impliedly repeal the section on which the BIDC relies.

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  28. ac July 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM #

    look speckled fowl your snide attacks on ac are all worn out.the effect which you have wanted has caused little or no impact .The fact being that if you want to talk about credibilty start looking at self first for u have proven in the past years that u can be a yardfowl like any one so don, t even bother to take the credibilty route that bus left u behind a long time ago in lieu of your propensity to insult bloggers of differing opinion and as of recent to lie about comments which were posted and then intentionally remove by you .case and point pachaman a regular contributor and blogger called u a f..ing liar for using deception for removing a comment you posted in an effort to prove pacha wrong. when u speak about credibilty check self first just like Mottley you have chosen gossip and deception to be a stalwart for hypocrisy and yardfowlism

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  29. CHAUCER July 9, 2015 at 9:03 AM #

    @ Jeff

    Retirement as opposed to dismissal must be addressed

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  30. Hants July 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM #

    @ Jeff Cumberbatch, wrote “my point is simple.”

    “A dismissal on account of the age, race, political opinion etc has now been rendered automatically unfair by section 30(1)(c)(XI) of the Employment Rights Act.”

    So nobody at BIDC read and understand this act? It seems really “simple” to me.

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  31. Donna July 9, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

    Bushie,

    Have you ever stopped to consider that the problem with women in serious leadership positions may be the quality of women “allowed” or facilitated by the males in power to rise to these positions? Sometimes they elevate their side women or their bootlickers rather than those deserving of the job. Besides, the male leaders among us are not crowning themselves with glory and haven’t been for a long time.

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  32. Jeff Cumberbatch July 9, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

    @Mr Chaucer,

    There is no difference between the involuntary retirement of an employee instigated by an employer and a dismissal which is legally defined as “termination of employment at the initiative of the employer”. See section 26 (1)(a) of the Act for the meaning of dismissal -“…where the contract under which he is employed is terminated by the employer, whether with or without notice…”

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  33. Jeff Cumberbatch July 9, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    Thanks, Hants@ 9.10am. Sometimes the clearest things tend to confuse those who are unwilling to see their clarity!

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  34. ac July 9, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    Going by the differing opinions of lawyers it is obvious their might be a discrepancy with in the law which needs to be address. however the Union strategy to shut down the country was uncalled for.Hope the strikers of SSA take note of Dr. Lowes comment it should be enough to put some commonsense in there head especially if the Union leader insist on using a hardened resolve.
    Btw a point of interest the last strike whichMia Mottley called fell like as flat as a pancake leaving her looking like a loopy dog having to return to work without a resolution.anyone who would be seeking Mia support in industrial matters hot to have rocks growing on the brain

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  35. CHAUCER July 9, 2015 at 10:22 AM #

    @Jeff

    Thanks my friend , it follows that the dismissed workers remedies are in the courts of law.
    An opportunity for the pro bono services of the Cave Hill Law Dpart or a summer moot court

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  36. Bush Tea July 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    @ Jeff
    …again a REFRESHING and MUCH NEEDED voice of logic and common sense…in a sea of brass bowlery…

    Shiite man…. YOU should be arrested for impersonating a typical Cave Hill brass bowl when you are so damn deep…

    @ Donna 9:11 am
    Agreed.

    Also a good woman is MUCH TOO VALUABLE to be wasted is such shiite as the mundane day-to-day exigencies of life.
    Have you ANY idea of the REAL value and CRITICAL contributions to be made to an enlightened society by a REAL REAL women…..??
    SMH….

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  37. Simple Simon July 9, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

    @Jeff Cumberbatch July 9, 2015 at 9:17 AM “Sometimes the clearest things tend to confuse those who are unwilling to see their clarity”

    Jeff or to use an old saying, “there are none so blind as those who WILL NOT SEE”

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  38. David July 9, 2015 at 12:22 PM #

    Jeff when you get a chance visit VOB website and have a listen to her views expressed in yesterday’s program.

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  39. David July 9, 2015 at 12:44 PM #

    @Jeff

    You are confirming it does not matter if BIDC employees have accepted their cheques the NUPW is within its right to argue the legal point cited in your comments?

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  40. Prodigal Son July 9, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

    Wow, it looks as what we feared came true!

    One SSA worker was just on VOB saying that car loads of police turned up at SSA with sirens blazing and armed with guns for them this morning! It seem as if they came to crack heads and shoot the workers.

    Look what we have come to in this country.

    What is it about Akanni Mc Dowell that has stirred up such anger and hatred in these dems? They are running scared! Even Miss Idiot (Also referred to as Miss Undecided) is livid. She sounds like one of the ac’s……………………..

    But no, she does not seem to have enough sense to operate a computer! My goodness……these are the dems for you! Just like the other dem called “left brain”!

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  41. watchman July 9, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

    please help, the ACs program chip that runs AC was develop with viruses to cause intrusions that no antivirus can stop, to make matters worse the hard drive (David Thompson) is dead,

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  42. are-we-there-yet July 9, 2015 at 1:36 PM #

    Prodigal; re. your 12:45 pm post,

    I heard (unconfirmed) that it was the Minister of the Environment, Dennis Lowe, who summoned the proactively well armed police and that he also instructed workers from his ministry to drive the sanitation trucks, thereby attempting to break the strike.

    Anyone knows if that is true?

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  43. Harold Yearwood July 9, 2015 at 1:47 PM #

    Correct me if I’m wrong. When negotiations are continuing shouldn’t any industrial action be put on hold pending the outcome? Therefore the SSA workers should be back to work .

    But then again are there any trucks at SSA for garbage collection ?

    Same result garbage piling up all over the place.

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  44. Prodigal Son July 9, 2015 at 1:54 PM #

    @ are-we-there-yet,

    The news did say that workers from the NCC were sent to SSA and that the SSA workers blocked the entrance from the them being able to fill the trucks with diesel. Hnce the rask force came with guns blazing for them.

    As you know a lot of the work force at NCC are from Christ Church East and they would be beholden to the lowe man. No surprise.

    I passed through Oistins this morning and was appalled the huge build up of garbage to the east of the stalls. I wonder how this will play out tomorrow night.

    Is it not strange that for as long as we can remember, the union leaders were wrapped up in the DLP and now the dems are going ballistic that the new president is alligned to the BLP. I heard an old goat for a union leader a know DLP supporter this morning on Brasstacks calling Mr McDowell……..the boy……..and DE let that slip. The President is 35 years old, for heavens sake!

    Even the great David Ellis thought he should raise the question with Mr MCDowell. Did he ever raise the same question with Dennis Clarke or Walter Maloney when they held the DLP line since 2008?

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  45. David July 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM #

    The industrial unrest cannot be seen in isolation. The unions have taken a battering from government post general election in 2013. The chickens are coming home to roost.

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  46. Caswell Franklyn July 9, 2015 at 2:41 PM #

    Harold Yearwood

    You asked to be corrected if you were wrong. Please stand corrected. The procedure of which you speak was developed in Barbados as a means of selling out the workers. Have you ever asked yourself why it is always the workers that must revert to the status quo ante and the employer is never asked to do so while negotiations are ongoing.

    That is not industrial relations; it is a ploy to deceive workers that has now been accepted as the norm.

    Sent from my iPad

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  47. Artaxerxes July 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM #

    Prodigal Son July 9, 2015 at 1:54 PM #

    This isn’t anything new Prodigal, the DEMS said the same thing about the president of UWI’s Student Guild, Damani Parris.

    They accused Parris of being aligned to the BLP and being misled by BLP operatives, when he protested against the government’s decision to make UWI students pay tuition fees.

    And this was against the background of Stuart re-emphasizing the point that the state would continue to pay for tertiary level education. See his comments below:

    “PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART says tertiary education in Barbados will remain free across the board, dismissing suggestions that only the “less well off” should receive state subsidies. And, he insists that reintroducing tuition fees would be a step backwards in the country’s development.” [Daily Nation – Monday, November 14, 2011]

    Then we subsequently read about the tirade acted out on Parris by Irene Sandiford-Garner saying he did not thank MoE Jones for “coming through with bursaries to help Barbadian students pay tuition fees.” (Which they are still awaiting.)

    “…. “I heard ‘it was too late’ as if the taxpayers of this country were sitting down waiting to give Minister Jones their hard-earned money to EDUCATE PEOPLE LIKE HIM [Parris],” Sandiford-Garner said as she contributed to the Estimates debate in the Senate this afternoon.”
    “Barbados . . . has now nurtured and raised a generation with a cadre within it of some citizens, some of whom have no sense of community, no obligation to give back and are IMBUED WITH A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT that sometimes becomes offensive.” [Barbados Today, March 25, 2015]

    And this coming from a woman who ran for St. Andrew in the 2008 and 2013 general elections, lost on both occasions, but was rewarded (WITH A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT) by being appointed a senator and parliamentary secretary in the LARGEST CABINET IN THE HISTORY OF BARBADOS.

    What has really “BECOME OFFENSIVE” is while “THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE SITTING DOWN WAITING TO GIVE THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO (pay people like her),” her government retrenched over 4,000 public sector employees and is now in the process of forcibly retiring people at age 60 years old.

    We all know what the DEMS did during the UWI guild elections campaign. Harry Husbands of the Young Democrats said they have endorsed government’s decision to make Barbadian students pay tuition fees from September 2014.
    Harry Husbands resigned from his job as Esther Byer’s personal assistant less than two weeks before the UWI Guild election, to run for Guild President.

    But I guess by Husbands being a DEM, his move was not political.

    What become offensive is that if anyone disagrees with anything this DLP does or any policy, they become very offended and blame Mia Mottley.

    So, the NUPW, BWU, Unity, CTUSAB, and all the other unions in Barbados are making a stand against this issue, and the DLP and their yard-fowls are suggesting the unions are following Mottley’s agenda.

    The same thing applied when Arthur was there. I’m surprised they have not mentioned their favourite phrases “the worst recession in a 100 years” or “Look at Greece” on this matter.

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  48. Gabriel July 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

    Methinks Bushie as usual has hit the nail on the head and Jeff drove it home.Even if the Women at BIDC namely those I heard on Brasstacks last Sunday,even if they had determined that they had the law on their side,they should have had a meeting with the union,and if they had done so,none of that discrimination on account of age,would have passed muster and to quote Gayle and Sammy,they would have had to go back to the drawing board.Further what has transpired,the problem at BIDC is one one lack of an effective strategy to collect outstanding rents.In other words aim your firepower as a landlord in the right direction.
    Bushie again has resolved the present impasse.Those who want to go will go and those who want back their jobs will continue as though nothing happened.
    Meanwhile this calling out the sheriff this morning is a whole new ball game.Big mistake.Some JA will pay big time.It en gine end so.These DLP riffraff showing their hand!

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  49. Artaxerxes July 9, 2015 at 4:23 PM #

    Prodigal Son July 9, 2015 at 1:54 PM #

    Prodigal, the chair-person of BIPA, June Fowler, was also treated in a similar manner by the DEMS, when she and her organization sought to have clarity about the CLICO affair relative to their investments and insurance policies.

    Well, while embracing Leroy Parris, partying and drinking champagne with him, and saying he is “NOT A LEPER,” Sinckler resorted to accusing Fowler of being “political”, saying she is as ignorant as a “BALD POOCH CAT.”

    Sinckler said “I feel BIPA is misguided but that is just my view.”

    And Fruendel Stuart, the imbecile he is, had the audacity to proudly state in parliament, he has a list of the people who invested in CLICO’s EFPA. (I am quoting from “Barbados Today” for the benefit of those yard-fowls who say the “Nation” publishes half-truths):

    “. . . Wait. There is going to be a lot to be said on this. Do not mistake my silence for an incapacity to speak. The time will come when all things will be made clear and explained. I ain’t saying anything yet,” Stuart said.”

    “He added: “I have a list . . . of all of the persons who invested in the Executive Flexible Premium Annuity, but I ain’t saying nothing yet. I know all the people who earning quick money, who were entranced by the lure of attractive interest rates. I know them, I have all of the names”…..” [Barbados Today – March 17, 2015]

    But this can be expected from someone like Stuart who, after a civil law suit was filed against Michael Carrington for with-holding a client’s funds, told him (Carrington) to get a lawyer and called critics of this scenario, “sanctimonious hypocrites.”

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    On the UWI tuition fees issue, Stuart said:

    “Speaking just as tough to critics of Government’s University of the West Indies (UWI) tuition fees policy, Stuart today made it clear that his administration would not be changing course on that matter to please any minority group, even in the face of a letter from the president of the Cave Hill Campus Guild of Students Damani Parris, “threatening” action if the decision was not reversed.” [Barbados Today, February 7, 2015]

    What makes the unions think he will change course on this BIDC matter?

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  50. Simple Simon July 9, 2015 at 5:37 PM #

    @Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 8:39 PM “widely publicized view of Tricia Watson…Her position seems to be typified by her contention that the LAW overrides relationship based protocols….and hence that the BIDC were justified in ignoring the union and following ‘the Law’.

    “The law was made for man and not man for the law” Jesus Christ

    This statement was true then and this is still true now.

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  51. ac July 9, 2015 at 5:46 PM #

    Word on the street the NUPW top brass are at odds can’t decided whether it is fish today or fowl tomorrow the govt can rest assured that these nugget heads have no clue as to what strategy would best work without upsetting the public.
    ac predicts that the longer this strike continues “strike fatigue would set in as the noise and out rage from the public start pointing the fingers at the Union for all the Chaos. The only one serving grace for the Union would be if govt proceed with an alternative plan to hire retired workers whic in a way would lessen the effect of discomfort to the public as well as lessen trhe noise heading their way from the public ,however the downside would be the workers who might be without an income and the Union having to find a way to compensate causing a financial burden to an already cash strapped Union. there is an ole saying “be careful what you wish cause the fellow who help you buy a big foot horse not going to help you ride it,
    All in all the Unions created a pile of rubbish not for govt alone but for themselves as well and the public who would become weary and tired. Reversing time is not easy and the NUPW would learn that the hard way .

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  52. Caswell Franklyn July 9, 2015 at 5:47 PM #

    Simple Simon

    Ms Watson is mistaken. The BIDC is acting as though the law was not changed. The retirement age was increased with effect from January 1, 2005. They are breaking the law. It would be better if Ms Watson checked the law before she makes such pronouncements.

    Sent from my iPad

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  53. Simple Simon July 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM #

    @Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 8:39 PM “she was at pains today to prove Bushie’s point that women should be kept as far as possible from serious leadership responsibilities….First of course by getting all worked up and emotional on the subject – to the point where she REFUSED to open-mindedly entertain contrary views”

    Tricia is no more emotional than Donville who get vex and tek up he ball and gone home.

    She is no more close minded that the rest of the [mostly male] DLP

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  54. Simple Simon July 9, 2015 at 5:57 PM #

    @ac July 8, 2015 at 9:42 PM “The Unions called for action is a disadvantage against the citizens of barbados where innocence would have to pay a price”

    CORRECTION The DLP is a disadvantage against the citizens of barbados where innocence would [are paying] a price

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  55. Prodigal Son July 9, 2015 at 6:08 PM #

    Your two posts are spot on, Artaxerxes……………………..if only the sheep known as the ac’s would read and learn how to put across a point.

    But what has become of the bandit chaser, Irene Sandiford Garner? I have not heard her recently with any idiotic statements like the one ……………“I heard ‘it was too late’ as if the taxpayers of this country were sitting down waiting to give Minister Jones their hard-earned money to EDUCATE PEOPLE LIKE HIM [Parris],” Sandiford-Garner said as she contributed to the Estimates debate in the Senate this afternoon.”

    This is such a condescending statement from a entitled moron.

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  56. ac July 9, 2015 at 6:18 PM #

    Notice how the BLP has cooled their firing power, What they are beginning to realized is that the pain of the strike effects them as well and for them the best right is SELF Right which means that if the rights of the striker impacts on their right to be comfortable they would be a parting of the way. hmmmm.

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  57. Simple Simon July 9, 2015 at 6:21 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn July 9, 2015 at 5:47 PM “Simple Simon Ms Watson is mistaken.

    I know that Ms. Watson is mistaken.

    I perceive her to be a DLPite or a least DLP wanna be.

    So I hear her on VOB but I don’t take her seriously.

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  58. Jeff Cumberbatch July 9, 2015 at 6:59 PM #

    @ David @12.44pm

    If some of the workers have accepted their cheques, then they would also most likely have signed a form of release that would prevent litigation by the signor against the BIDC.

    It might even be argued that unless they have indicated that they are acting under protest, the encashment of the cheques by them, even if there is no signed release, would imply an acceptance of the BIDC actions.

    Thanks for your kind words @11.01am, Mr Bush Tea!

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  59. Prodigal Son July 9, 2015 at 7:08 PM #

    Caswell,

    Not only was she wrong but she was arrogant in her pronunciations, she was not tolerant of other people’s views which were not like hers.

    She has to defend the DLP, she is now feeding at the trough as well…….she is chairperson of some board!

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  60. millertheanunnaki July 9, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    @ Caswell Franklyn July 9, 2015 at 5:47 PM
    “Ms Watson is mistaken. The BIDC is acting as though the law was not changed. The retirement age was increased with effect from January 1, 2005.”

    Caswell, would you please expatiate on your assertion? I gather Jeff C the legal eagle on the Hill of Academia is also ‘questioning the strength of the BIDC’s case and the statutory ground on which it rests.

    But how is it the line Minister of the Crown for the BIDC is no longer so garrulously cocksure as to put the Labour Minister in her place for usurping his authority?

    Should the Minister of Labour (pheromones and all, with the backstabbing blessing of her political Sugar Daddy Dead Cock Fumble) broker a deal that undermines the Don’s arrogant authority where would this leave the King of Porn? With a flaccid priapism of egotistical incompetence?

    Now that would be a clear low hanging fruit case of erectile humiliation so embarrassingly degrading that it must lead to his resignation from the Cabinet in true-blue Westminster fashion, Viagra of popularity notwithstanding.

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  61. Caswell Franklyn July 9, 2015 at 8:38 PM #

    Jeff

    What would be the effect of those releases if the workers signed them without knowing that they were clauses in the agreement that conflict with the law.

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  62. De Ingrunt Word July 9, 2015 at 9:21 PM #

    Jeff you said above, “….A dismissal on account of the age, race, political opinion etc has now been rendered automatically unfair by section 30(1)(c)(XI) of the Employment Rights Act. To my mind, this impliedly repeals any law that permitted a dismissal on these bases previously.”

    With that said how then can a contract be valid and enforceable if it is relying on a legal principle which is repealed?

    Obviously that in itself does not invalidate the contract based on what I am interpreting from your comments. I thought it might.

    I presume Caswell is asking the same thing in a different way

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  63. St George's Dragon July 9, 2015 at 9:36 PM #

    The common theme in these labour disputes seems to be the employer seeking to lay off staff without declaring the real reason.
    We all know, not least because the BIDC told us, that they need to make savings, so staff have to go.
    Others more knowledgeable than me will be able to say what the legal position is but common sense says that in this situation, BIDC should be able to make people redundant and pay them what they are entitled to receive in accordance with the law.
    Why dress it up as early enforced retirement? If the post no longer exists because there is no money to pay for it, sadly, people have to be sent home.

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  64. Bush Tea July 9, 2015 at 10:10 PM #

    @ Dragon
    No one disputes your common sense argument…. clearly not the union.
    However you MUST know that some unscrupulous employers have been known to use such circumstances …and even to FAKE such circumstances, to take vindictive actions against specific individuals for personal and other biased and unlawful reasons.

    All the union is asking for is transparency of process….
    What could be more reasonable?

    If it is as you say, why not meet with the union and lay the cards on the table…?

    Have you noticed that this DLP government has been picking on the poorly paid; on unemployed students; the sick; and now the elderly …in their attempts to ‘save money’

    Have you noticed their mad rush at the same time to fund multi-million dollar deals with the Paradise Beach Pisser – Butch; with the Campaign funders ..Bizzy and Maloney; and now with Darcy’s undercover Cahill woman….?

    Have you noticed that NO POLITICIANS have been laid off….? No Cabinet reductions..?

    Have you noticed that Kellman was HIRED to now display his idiocy under ministerial cover?

    Have you noticed that Greenverbs has been proclaimed to be ‘esteemed’ and protected by the Government …with his stolen millions?

    Have you noticed that while these BIDC 60 year-olds and NCC workers are AXED, the governor of the Central Bank is approaching 95 and going doltish on the job ….talking shiite, banning newspapers, and cancelling press conferences…

    These DLP people like they are mad as shiite hear…????

    Thank God for the new NUPW president…
    Shiite man… it is so REFRESHING to hear a Bajan in leadership… who seems to have BALLS, common sense, GUTS and a willingness to serve at the National level.

    Caswell, you should note the last quality….🙂

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