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Militancy a Legitimate Trade Union Tool

Submitted by Buddy Cal
NUPW Strike

NUPW Strike

The editorial in the Nation of February 3, 2016 entitled “Unions must tread carefully” tended to portray the leadership of the National Union of Public Workers as immature, highhanded, unconscionable and unreasonable in its dispute on behalf of its membership with the management of the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc.

It is instructive that the writer of the Editorial would piggyback on the comments made by the General Secretary of the Unity Workers Union in an effort to embellish what can best be described as speculative opinion. The writer ought to be reminded that the N.U.P.W was registered as a Trade Union in 1964 inter alia:

  1. To be an effective bargaining body to negotiate on behalf of its members.
  2. To improve and protect the pay and other conditions of employment and welfare of its members.
  3. To promote generally the interest of its members
  4. To establish good relations between its members and their employers and the public as whole.
  5. To secure the settlement of disputes arising out of the members’ employment.

However, there seems to be some ill-conceived notion that the leadership of the N.U.P.W ought to sit idly by and allow the rights of the workers for which our fore-fathers so vigorously fought   in the past to be systematically eroded by current regressive employer practices.

The methodologies employed in representing the interests of workers range from consultation to the use of the withholding of  labour which is agonizingly used as a last resort bearing in mind the national well-being and public opinion. Yet, trade union leadership must be equally mindful as well that they as workers representatives have a right to resist by any legitimate means at their disposal those plans/policies which are unfair and unjust and inimical to the interests of the workers whom they are mandated to represent.

In short, they cannot allow the noble principle of compromise sway them away from the trade union principle of effective worker representation which can involve the employment after consultation of any legitimate means in the trade union armoury to ensure the rights of those we are mandated to represent are respected and protected.

And to those who have been critical of Trade Union leadership over the years for the use of ‘withholding  labour’  as a means of settling disputes;  it ought to be re-iterated  that ‘the right to strike’ is one of the oldest and most essential components of effective trade union bargaining. Without this right which has enabled trade unions under threat sometimes visible, sometimes surreptitious by some of those very same people who have been able to benefit from the improvements to social and working conditions throughout the world as a result of trade union agitation; collective bargaining becomes collective begging.

The N.U.P.W should remain firm in its view that workers transitioning from the general public service to the Barbados Revenue Authority should do so with all their rights and privileges inclusive of pension rights intact. They should also insist that the Customs department should remain in the Public Service because of the Border Control component.

It is inconceivable that the maxim ‘one bad apple spoils a whole bunch’ can be callously applied without empirical evidence to the hardworking officers of those departments critical to the good governance of the country and who are in the forefront of our border security procedures.

Those of us who have had the privilege to work in the public service can attest to the commitment, dedication and resilience of Public Sector Workers. In recent years though, public workers have suffered much and gained little. They have without dissent forgone in the national interests the benefit of salary increases due for the last six years despite astronomical rises in the cost of living fuelled by high taxation. Yet disappointingly, rather than offering goodwill for their willingness without reward for operating in the interests of national good they have been pilloried at the slightest opportunity.

We are aware as well of the sacrifices Public Servants in this country made and continue to make for the love of country by undertaking two or more jobs in the course of their duties without compensation; we are also aware of those workers because of the information age who complete several tasks at home which encroach and disrupt family time and well aware too of the precarious nature of some jobs because of lack of security of tenure and the difficulty in accessing loans.

Last but not least, we are very much aware of those workers who can barely make ends meet but yet continue to pull their pockets to ensure the smooth functioning of some institutions. Those working in the Geriatric institutions can attest to this.

It is a pity that such sacrifices made for good of country are not chronicled but are allowed in the words of Shakespeare’s Mark Anthony to be ‘interred with their bones.

Onward ever, backward never

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70 Comments on “Militancy a Legitimate Trade Union Tool”

  1. David February 9, 2016 at 5:28 AM #

    Received via email from Buddy Cal

    “We have their leaders declaring their political intentions, in an industrial climate that is highly polarised. Without credibility nothing would be achieved.”

    I go a little further Artax and ask if it is not their constitutional right? People ought to disabuse themselves of the notion that aspirations for political office by the current leadership of the National Union of Public Workers is a new phenomenon that would damage the NUPW and by extension the Trade Union Movement is absurd since alignment of Trade Unionists with political parties at all levels throughout the Caribbean and indeed the world is nothing new and certainly nothing new in the history of the National Union of Public Workers.

    In this regard, the name of Horatio Cooke who I am told served the National Union of Public Workers with distinction as Treasurer and President while holding the position of Treasurer of the Democratic Labour Party comes to mind as well as such other respected Trade Union Leaders as Sir Frank Walcott, Mr. Evelyn Greaves, Mr. Joseph Goddard and Mr. David Bowen to name a few.

    Is there any empirical evidence to indicate that the publicly declared party affiliation of those esteemed gentlemen presented challenges for their Union and by extension, the workers; or that the legitimate claims of workers were sidelined by party politics? In addition there is no evidence to suggest that despite party affiliation negotiations between Government and unions have been influenced by no other considerations than professionalism and good faith. Is it because of their party affiliation that none of those gentlemen who had the honour of serving country through party affiliation and Union were ever subjected to the abuse now suffered by Mr Mcdowall and Mr Beckles?

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  2. David February 9, 2016 at 5:30 AM #

    Interesting there is the fight for wages and at there is a concern that national productivity needs to be increased. The Greece syndrome at play maybe?

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  3. LT.HORATIO CAINE. February 9, 2016 at 6:25 AM #

    Those who were affiliated as you put it were men of reason, who despite their stances allowed common sense to prevail,sad to say Akanni Mcdowall is an inexperienced giddy headed little boy who seems to think that the NUPW is his personal play toy,he needs the guidance that he is so sadly lacking because all he has demonstrated so far is an appalling level of immaturity which has been seen by all and unless he takes a serious look at himself and the way he behaves,which he terms as charismatic by the way the trade union movement will certainly have serious problems under his stewardship.

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  4. David February 9, 2016 at 6:27 AM #

    If you attribute industrial action solely to the President it means you rubbish the Executive Council in the process.

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  5. LT.HORATIO CAINE. February 9, 2016 at 6:31 AM #

    Blogmaster unfortunately everything at this stage appears to be Mr. PRESIDENT, even the general secretary seems to be in the background so as for the executive council i give no serious credence to their positions,we saw too much folly displayed in the so called sanitation strike.

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  6. balance February 9, 2016 at 6:38 AM #

    ‘David February 9, 2016 at 6:27 AM #

    If you attribute industrial action solely to the President it means you rubbish the Executive Council in the process.”
    and the National Council which is the policy making decision of the Union outside of annual conference.

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  7. Hamilton Hill February 9, 2016 at 7:32 AM #

    The declaration of intent to seek political office, and then be up front and center in the negotiations and involvement in a public protest is as idiotic as Minister Sinckler cavorting with Leroy Paris. Full stop. It made for very poor public relations.

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  8. Artaxerxes February 9, 2016 at 7:54 AM #

    David February 9, 2016 at 5:28 AM #

    Received via email from Buddy Cal

    “We have their leaders declaring their political intentions, in an industrial climate that is highly polarised. Without credibility nothing would be achieved.”

    I go a little further Artax and ask if it is not their constitutional right? People ought to disabuse themselves of the notion that aspirations for political office by the current leadership of the National Union of Public Workers is a new phenomenon that would damage the NUPW and by extension the Trade Union Movement is absurd since alignment of Trade Unionists with political parties at all levels throughout the Caribbean and indeed the world is nothing new and certainly nothing new in the history of the National Union of Public Workers.

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    @ David and Buddy Cal,

    YOU HAVE ALLOWED BUDDY CAL TO ATTRIBUTE THE ABOVE COMMENTS AND RESPOND TO THE WRONG PERSON.

    Those comments were made by WILLIAM SKINNER…. NOT ME. If you had read and understood my comments you would have realized I RESPONDED to Skinner’s comments.

    Perhaps in the future you should read contributions thoroughly before rushing in to comment.

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  9. Artaxerxes February 9, 2016 at 7:59 AM #

    Below is Skinner’s contribution:

    William Skinner February 8, 2016 at 12:53 AM #

    It seems to me that Caswell is correct. Furthermore, what research was done before the NUPW took the drastic step to attempt to shut down the airport. I must say that the public relations arm of the NUPW is in need of serious attention. WE HAVE THEIR LEADERS DECLARING THEIR POLITICAL INTENTIONS , IN AN INDUSTRIAL CLIMATE THAT IS HIGHLY POLARISED. WITHOUT CREDIBILITY NOTHING WOULD BE ACHIEVE.

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    Below is my response to his contribution:

    Artaxerxes February 8, 2016 at 7:46 AM #

    William Skinner February 8, 2016 at 12:53 AM #

    “We have their leaders declaring their political intentions, in an industrial climate that is highly polarised. Without credibility nothing would be achieved.”

    @ Skinner

    As far as I read and heard, the press implied that the president and treasurer maybe considering entering the political fray. When asked both individuals in question said that they were thinking about it at the time.

    So what if they did actually declared “their political intentions?” Perhaps you are being purposely selective with your criticism. The Barbadian political system was basically conceived in the union movement.

    There was a time in Barbados when cabinet ministers and senators were members of the BWU. Derek Alleyne who contested the St. Michael West Central seat for the DLP, worked at the NUPW. O’Brien Trotman was a past NUPW president who subsequently won the Christ Church West Central seat on behalf of the BLP and was appointed the Minister of Health and Social Security in the Bernard St. John administration.

    In my opinion the industrial climate was not any different to what pertains now. However, the NUPW under known DEMS Dennis Clarke and Walter Maloney was dormant during their tenure as General Secretary and President respectively. People pay union subscriptions for the service of representation when the need arises. Both the NUPW and BWU have moved in a different direction, which in the past labeled these unions as pro-DLP. Because of recent protest actions, the critics are now saying the leadership is political and aligned with the BLP.

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  10. David February 9, 2016 at 9:21 AM #

    @Artax

    It happened in the past let us agree, do we see the opportunity to lobby for change now?

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  11. Bernard Codrington. February 9, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    It worked for us in the past and it will work in the future. We do have still the integrity gene. Do you have any evidence that it is otherwise?

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  12. ac February 9, 2016 at 1:53 PM #

    The need for social partnership is good and real with the intent for both sides to seek solutions that can in effect satisfy the needs of the country and those of the workers associated with Unions. Unfortunately the modern day leadership seems driven by a selfish and defeatist purpose with goals in mind demonstrative of shooting first and ask questions latter

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  13. David February 9, 2016 at 3:20 PM #

    In most developed countries the % of the population unionized is very small. What does this mean for Barbados and the Caribbean?

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  14. Artaxerxes February 9, 2016 at 3:39 PM #

    Developed countries thrive on productivity as it is one of the aspects of management. Managers encourage employees to be productive and employees are paid accordingly for being productive.

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  15. Artaxerxes February 9, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

    Unfortunately, their response is laced, as expected, with political overtones, because it’s the general consensus of this DLP administration.

    Let us be fair, this administration has rented a number of posh offices for ministers, while public sector employees continue to work in “sick buildings,” which cause them engage in wild cat strikes to get air conditioners fixed, or as in the case with the St. Matthias Court, undergo an industrial cleaning because of dust and rat droppings.

    Civil servants had to forego an increase in salary to “satisfy the needs of the country,” while we entertain the largest cabinet in the history of Barbados. Why can’t this administration reduce the size of cabinet to “satisfy the needs of the country” as well?

    The hypocritical fact of this situation is that the previous union leaders were affiliated with the DEMS and chose not to address the issues affecting those who ultimate paid them, all in the interest of preserving political expediency.

    Now the “present day” leaders are actually working they are being characterized by the DLP yard-fowls as being “driven by a selfish and defeatist purpose with goals in mind demonstrative of shooting first and ask questions later.” A whole set of Shiite.

    It was absolutely clear, by their inactions and deceptions, whose “selfish and defeatist goals” Walter Maloney and Dennis Clarke had “in mind.”

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  16. ac February 9, 2016 at 8:29 PM #

    If one preceive the present actions of the new NUPW as productive one should cast their minds back to their last strike which was proven as counterproductive to country and workers.
    The social partnership was put in place to bring meaningful resolution between parties especially when govt is involved. Instead what had happened is this little unseasoned president use political axes and wheeling them across the table and blindly cutting and chopping in disagreement.
    This young fellow needs to understand that in a nation of 275thousand people all mouths have to bed fed from the same breadbasket and there are times when a half of a slice might be all there is to meet everyneed
    His strategy to be driven by a politicial will of opportunity would not be sufficient to see him developed into a greater than great Union leader for a good cause .a cause that combines what is good for the country and good for its members.

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  17. balance February 10, 2016 at 4:16 AM #

    “I go a little further Artax and ask if it is not their constitutional right?
    ‘I go a little further Artax’ was meant to indicate that I was in agreement with what you said and I was using your comment to strengthen what I was going to say. I was not attributing Mr Skinner’s comment to you. My apologies.

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  18. Artaxerxes February 10, 2016 at 9:49 AM #

    More shiite from ac.

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  19. Artaxerxes February 10, 2016 at 9:49 AM #

    @ balance

    Okay, point taken.

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  20. balance February 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    “If one preceive the present actions of the new NUPW as productive one should cast their minds back to their last strike which was proven as counterproductive to country and workers.”
    in what way?

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  21. Artaxerxes February 10, 2016 at 4:07 PM #

    balance February 10, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    The consortium of idiots is only regurgitating what Stuart and more recently Richard Sealy said about the NUPW. Their sole purpose in this forum is to defend the DLP even in the face of stupidity. Government workers should take whatever is dished out to them by this administration so they could be deemed as being patriotic.

    I’m sorry that McDowell and Toni Moore were not at the helm of their respective unions when the government retrenched civil servants. I believe the process would have been much different and we would not have witnessed former employees having to wait months after being severed to receive their severance payments, including the former Beautify Barbados employees who have not received their payments as yet.

    Additionally, in my opinion, we would not have a situation where PM Stuart admits to “procedural missteps” relative to the retrenchment process of former NCC workers, the “pappy show” calling its self an Employee Rights Tribunal and the nonsense occurring between Mitch Codrington and Hal Gollop at the hearings.

    Surely their behaviour has so far “proven (to be) counterproductive to country and workers.”

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  22. Enuff February 10, 2016 at 5:48 PM #

    Do we prefer the “unknown” politicians running the unions or the known ones? What separates Beckles the member of the youth arm of the BLP from Beckles the aspiring candidate? We crave transparency and when we get it we don’t like it.

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  23. ac February 10, 2016 at 9:05 PM #

    balance////still at lost as to what was productive in bringing the health with sanitation disengagement of a country to its knees in light of the fact the issue which the Unions had staged a strike in still in legal limbo
    also the fact that the said strikers had to go begging and pleading with govt for lost wages after the strike…how embarrassing
    strikes are solely brought about under legitimate factors and indicators with having a proposed view to offering meaningful solution which were rejected after bargaining and not prefaced by an intent of solidarity that adopts a stance to oppose a legal view borne out of political opportunism

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  24. ac February 10, 2016 at 9:40 PM #

    Another embarrassment for NUPW showcasing a reply to Minister Sealy statement via media as a so called proof of govt owning monies based on a budgetary statement that had not met the full throttle of economic requirements as requested by the Union in2011 upon which the Union would have made justifiable claim to revisit the moratorium
    If this young lad keeps up throwing these embarrassing time bombs he would be remembered as a modern day don quixiote a leader with goals and impossible possibilities

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  25. Artaxerxes February 10, 2016 at 9:45 PM #

    Nuff more shiite!!!!

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  26. balance February 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM #

    Arta I am glad you recognize the farce now parading before the public as a tribunal for employment rights as nothing more than a pappy show you rightly called it with Mr Stuart from the outset promising to have the impasse fast tracked before a non-existent tribunal at the time. Only the DEMS can rub sh– in the faces of the public with impunity and get away with it. When the pappy show or setup -as the behaviour between Mr Gollop and Mr Codrington tend to indicate- is over the lawyers from all sides will be smiling all the way to the bank. This issue should never have gone to any tribunal if the Prime Minister had the balls to hold Mr Lowe accountable for breaching in the Prime Minister’s words ‘procedural steps’ which was instructing the General manager of NCC not to follow the first in last out principle as agreed to by Cabinet.

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  27. David February 11, 2016 at 5:58 AM #

    Trying to understand the argument tabled by the union that the Barbados economy has improved. It is like saying banks on Wall Street have improved since the financial meltdown without taking into consideration the bailout money funneled to them by government.

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  28. balance February 11, 2016 at 6:07 AM #

    “Trying to understand the argument tabled by the union that the Barbados economy has improved”

    No argument by the Union. The Union was merely quoting from Hansard the Minister’s chest thumping remarks to parliament and the people of Barbados. There is nothing to argue about. You need to obtain your understanding from the MInister of Finance as to whether he misled Parliament and the public of Barbados about the improvement in the economy.

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  29. David February 11, 2016 at 6:14 AM #

    @balance

    Take the position to a logical conclusion, and this touched Jeff’s point in his last article, the social partnership should preempt this kind of stupidity.

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  30. balance February 11, 2016 at 7:50 AM #

    “the social partnership should preempt this kind of stupidity.”

    Because positions/principles/beliefs change sometimes to suit one’s ends does not negate Mr Stuart’s opinion practical in content I must add -when his shoe was on the other foot- that the social partnership is ‘a philosophical absurdity’. This is compounded by the fact that the trade union representing the largest number of public sector workers in Barbados is not even a member of CTUSAB the umbrella body of Trade Unions and Associations which is supposedly an integral part of the Social partnership.

    and not trying to be facetious but so as to frame a suitable response – May I ask to what kind of stupidity do you refer ?

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  31. David February 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM #

    The weight of the social partnership should have been able to quell this shouting match between the NUPW and GAIA.

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  32. Vincent Haynes February 11, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    Does the social partnership exist in name only?

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  33. Artaxerxes February 11, 2016 at 12:15 PM #

    balance February 11, 2016 at 7:50 AM #

    “This is compounded by the fact that the trade union representing the largest number of public sector workers in Barbados is not even a member of CTUSAB the umbrella body of Trade Unions and Associations which is supposedly an integral part of the Social partnership.”

    @ balance

    You made a very interesting comment (above).

    The unions are moving in a different direction and are now accused of political opportunism and being unpatriotic.

    If you remember the circumstances surrounding the BWU’s exit from CTUSAB (April 19, 2013), then General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman showed correspondence between the union, the Ministry of Labour and CTUSAB chronicling the deteriorating relationship between the entities, including a letter informing the ministry and CTUSAB they were no longer a member of the latter body.

    Sir Roy also mentioned a number of reasons why the decision was made and noted one of them included moves to prevent the BWU from representing Barbados at the International Labour Organization (ILO) session in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2013.

    Remember, some saw Esther Byer and the cabinet’s decision to send Walter Maloney to the ILO session (replacing Sir Roy as Barbados’ representative) as political opportunism.

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  34. ac February 11, 2016 at 1:52 PM #

    There should have been no shouting match if an approach founded on sensible talks was the first order of business. Instead what occured was a militant formula founded on unwise resolution

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  35. Passing by February 11, 2016 at 7:38 PM #

    Milller ,balance, bu, Enuff, Artaxass , you collection of yardfowls the bible says take the mote out of your eye first. Your rookie yardfowls at NUPW don’t read the good bok. They wont pay their staff. The staff are on a sick out at NUPW. Home drums beat first the blp lackeys running the NUPW have to pay their own workers before they gather a rent a mob to quarrel with govt for money not owed . What a disgrace the worst example of leadership. NUPW management lacks moral authority and credibility.

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  36. David February 11, 2016 at 7:51 PM #

    ok passing by aka waiting and DLP yardfowl par excellence.

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  37. ac February 11, 2016 at 7:54 PM #

    Union on Strike LMFASS OFF

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  38. balance February 11, 2016 at 11:52 PM #

    David February 11, 2016 at 9:18 AM #

    “The weight of the social partnership ”

    Are you playing devil’s advocate? what weight are you talking about? Mr Stuart’s comment is apt. The social partnership must be a philosophical absurdity for labour and capital have different agendas and cannot mix.

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  39. David February 12, 2016 at 12:06 AM #

    Labour and capital must mix, the two are symbiotic. In all of the developed countries of the world the unionized population represent less than 20% and in places like France and a few others sink to single digits. Draw your conclusions …

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  40. ac February 12, 2016 at 12:14 AM #

    As welll as you may know Mr. Stuart is a man soundly in tune with philosophical reasoning and in as much as that statement is precise and profound in its truthfulness nevertheless it represent an accuracy that cannot be overlooked and gives relevance for a need for a social partnership which in effect is the nexus to giving birth for a greater understanding coning from differing point of views

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  41. David February 12, 2016 at 12:21 AM #

    Politicians the world over say the darnedest things to stay popular. We need to focus on improving our political system and stop worshipping mere men with all their warts. Yes yardfowls and diehards will always be with us.

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  42. General Merryshawl February 12, 2016 at 3:59 AM #

    ac February 11, 2016 at 7:54 PM #

    Union on Strike LMFASS OFF

    Fair minded folk are rolling on the floor laughing their ass off at NUPW’s refusal to pay their own staff. The staff don’t see the humor they’ve e gone on strike. Glamour chicks Rosalind and Delcia are nowhere to be found. Akanni and the treasurer have joined their puppeteer Mia and have gone MIA. Its wutliss excuses for unionists like that lot who BU and his running dogs support without hesitation. NUPW we call on you to pay your staff their wages.

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  43. David February 12, 2016 at 4:55 AM #

    @genetal mrrryshal aka waiting

    If you do not stop using multiple monikers you will be blocked

    JA

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  44. balance February 12, 2016 at 5:22 AM #

    “General Merryshawl February 12, 2016 at 3:59 AM #

    ac February 11, 2016 at 7:54 PM #

    Union on Strike LMFASS OFF

    Fair minded folk are rolling on the floor laughing their ass off at NUPW’s refusal to pay their own staff. The staff don’t see the humor they’ve e gone on strike. Glamour chicks Rosalind and Delcia are nowhere to be found. Akanni and the treasurer have joined their puppeteer Mia and have gone MIA. Its wutliss excuses for unionists like that lot who BU and his running dogs support without hesitation. NUPW we call on you to pay your staff their wages.”

    Comrade General- Union employees are no different from employees elsewhere. They have rights too and should agitate when they believe their legitimate grievances are not addressed. Union employees are not employed by the General secretary, the Deputy General Secretary, President or Treasurer, so they need not hide. Union employees are employed by the National Council who act on behalf of membership. The procedure is that proposals from employees for any kind of increases are discussed at Executive and forwarded to the Council for ratification. Membership pay the dues which pay the employees. Membership have not had an increase in their pay for the last six years and the cost of doing business both for the union and membership and staff has risen astronomically in the pat six years and the union has had to make-do with what they have despite rising costs to make ends meet having found it insensitive in the face of the realities of the situation to approach membership for an increase in dues.

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  45. ac February 12, 2016 at 6:18 AM #

    balance fair minded persons understands that all business including govt as well as unions have challenges and financial responsibilities which must be met in a timely manner,, Fair minded persons understands there are occasions when due to all kinds of circumstances that on occasions obligations can be hampered and promises made are not delivered
    However fair minded persons does not take well to those who sit in righteous indignation and point fingers in the direction at those (without due process or accessing all facts) having similar challenges and raises issues that seek to reap profits of political advantage for themselves to the disadvantage of what is best for the country,
    The Unions are business which cannot stay afloat without the necessary financial mechanism but the Union also should be the guiding light and standard bearer of all which it espouses under the labour laws of fairness to all employees.
    There is no excuse that can be forwarded by a Union which denies it employees to a timely pay for work done .
    This kind of embarrassment exposes the shoddy procedures and lack of managerial and administrative skill from the top brass down to those who job is make sure that the rights of the employees are not jeopardize or harnessed to sloppy and unprofessional management care
    This indeed is another stain of ugliness attached to the NUPW under the new president in less than a year

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  46. e rice February 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM #

    Balance NUPW has got to pay more attention to how they spend the workers fund -their cant claim that their dont have any money and still be buying NEW car for the General Secretary ,spending lots on travelling for Executive members ,big contracts with kick backs (call)
    they have been wasting members funds for years -get the money from Walter and Dennis .

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  47. David February 12, 2016 at 7:34 AM #

    It is a reasonable expectation the NUPW should have been practicing good HR employee management.

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  48. balance February 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    “There is no excuse that can be forwarded by a Union which denies it employees to a timely pay for work done .
    This kind of embarrassment exposes the shoddy procedures and lack of managerial and administrative skill from the top brass down to those who job is make sure that the rights of the employees are not jeopardize or harnessed to sloppy and unprofessional management care
    This indeed is another stain of ugliness attached to the NUPW under the new president in less than a year”

    If you want your commentary to be recognized as serious and not partisan in approach ; then you have to be more analytical in what you write and not try to demonize those who appear to be at odds with your political persuasion. What evidence do you have to show that the eleven employees of the Union who reported sick were ‘purportedly’ taking industrial action because they were denied timely pay for work done.

    You should be the last to talk about shoddy procedures and lack of managerial and administrative skills when the administration you represent and support has been guilty beyond a shadow of doubt of the lack thereof.

    There has been no greater ugly stain in the history of Barbados than the stain of deceit, fraud and corruption visited upon the CLICO policy holders by those you vehemently defend on this forum and elsewhere.

    You need to take the ‘booboo’ out of your eyes first.

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  49. millertheanunnaki February 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM #

    @ balance February 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Balance, a very interesting matter has been raised @ e rice February 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM:
    “their cant claim that their dont have any money and still be buying NEW car for the General Secretary ,spending lots on travelling for Executive members ,big contracts with kick backs (call)”.

    What kind of vehicle was purchased and how much did it cost? If it is an ‘executive class’ vehicle then eyebrows ought to be raised.
    Why is there a need for a struggling union (representing workers who have not received a raise in pay in years) to buy a vehicle that exceeds 1,600 c.c.s?

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  50. balance February 12, 2016 at 10:06 AM #

    “e rice February 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM #

    Balance NUPW has got to pay more attention to how they spend the workers fund -their cant claim that their dont have any money and still be buying NEW car for the General Secretary ,spending lots on travelling for Executive members ,big contracts with kick backs (call)”

    Agreed that in all organizations,attention should be paid to how money is spent and moreso in an organization like the NUPW which relies on the subscriptions of its membership for its day to day existence. However, we must be careful not to allow serious issues of discussion to be overcome by emotion. I do not believe that this issue has anything to with having or not having money. The spending of money should be guided by such factors as worth/value/circumstance and commonsense; not the amount of money at your disposal. Provision for an annual budget approve by the National Council is enshrined in the rules and to my understanding this procedure is still followed. Included in the budget among other things would be provision for the car of the General Secretary and maintenance and increases in emoluments whether salary /wages or incremental.
    If the General Secretary is provided with an expensive car; then it is the fault of Council who approves the purchase.
    To the best of my knowledge no less than three quotations must be provided for examination by the Property and Tenders committee before contracts for maintenance are approved. It is my understanding that this procedure is not always followed but it is mostly followed.
    Proposals for increases in emoluments are prepared by the Secretariat and forwarded to the Executive committee for discussion and then forwarded to the National Council in notepaper form for ratification. so the question of money does not yet arise in any claim for increases until these steps have been followed and the amount approved by council budgeted for.

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  51. Artaxerxes February 12, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    balance February 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    “You should be the last to talk about shoddy procedures and lack of managerial and administrative skills when the administration you represent and support has been guilty beyond a shadow of doubt of the lack thereof.”

    @ balance

    Case in point, the government’s retrenchment program. Especially the former NCC employees in whose case PM Stuart admitted to “procedural missteps” (the “Last in, First out” process was IGNORED) in their retrenchment process and referred the matter to the ERT. These hearings have so far turned out to be a farce and jousting match between Chairman Gollop and NCC’s attorney, Mitch Codrington.

    Additionally, the Severance Payments Act Cap 355A states that PAYMENTS shall be MADE WITHIN 2 MONTHS of becoming due. Yet many of those individuals who were retrenched from other government agencies had to wait as long as eight months before receiving their severance payment. Have the former Beautify Barbados employees received their severance payments as yet?

    Hence, “There is no excuse that can be forwarded by a (government) which denies its (former) employees to a timely pay (of their severance payments).”

    “This kind of embarrassment exposes the shoddy procedures and lack of managerial and administrative skills from the top brass (Denis Lowe) down to those (NCC general manager and HR manager) whose job is to make sure that the rights of the employees are not jeopardized or harnessed to sloppy and unprofessional management care.”

    Surely you remember Lisa Marshall who, when interviewed by the media, voiced her concerns about the length of time it was taking the Transport Board to pay her severance. This DLP administration responded by having their pseudonym, “Douglas,” post information from the lady’s personal file to BU and wrote to imply she was a thief, therefore she should not be paid severance. It must be noted that the article was also on the DLP’s website. This “shoddy behavior” was endorsed by the usual DLP yard-fowls who frequent BU.

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  52. balance February 12, 2016 at 5:04 PM #

    “millertheanunnaki February 12, 2016 at 9:58 AM #

    @ balance February 12, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Balance, a very interesting matter has been raised @ e rice February 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM:
    “their cant claim that their dont have any money and still be buying NEW car for the General Secretary ,spending lots on travelling for Executive members ,big contracts with kick backs (call)”.”

    Miller I agree with the points of view expressed by you and Erice with respect to the purchase of the car only from an insensitivity aspect. Until recently the NUPW has always adopted a sensitive or commonsense approach to the type of vehicle allocated to the General Secretary with your points of view uppermost in the minds of the then decision makers but do you not think that comparing the purchase of the car with the granting of pay increases is somewhat skewed?

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  53. ac February 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM #

    There is no excuse for a labour Union who is governed and guided by the international laws not to uphold the standard goverance of those laws that protect employees which includes timely payment of wages to their employees

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  54. erice February 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

    balance you seems to have inside information ,please tell us if you work there and in what position ,
    Are you an advisor to the President and the Treasurer,
    are you a retired public officer and what is your monthly salary from N U P W?
    Do the union owe any of its female members increase salaries for years and that your new president says that he is not paying ?

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  55. ac February 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM #

    Balance in what way/s should i be analitical m i do not work for the Union neither am i a member so any information garnered would have been via media outlets and statements made by the Union workers
    it is preposterous of you to be asking for clear cut information as to provide evidence as to any of my comments on the workers “sick out”
    However one would be living in a darkened room not to be able to form conclusion that the workers compensation is not in any way having to do with the poor financial management of the Union/// but far from it for me to suggest without proof as others are stating that the heavy rollers on the top are consuming more of the Union budget out of self interest for themselves without thought or conscience for the employees who are owed long over due wages
    AS for those who keep harping about retrenched workers and govt role as a moral duty to compensate
    The laws which guide these process have been put in place for several reasons and yes there are lots of legalities which must be address as a result to safe guard proper governance and the integrity of the process
    Nevertheless some of the stalling and stalemate of the process can be attributed to the parties on both sides one dictated by goverance and the other dictated by what is best for those they are representing
    As usual the political can would always be the first order of business kick down the street in these complex matters

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  56. David February 12, 2016 at 7:04 PM #

    @NUPW employees and members

    Join Unity Workers Union!

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  57. balance February 12, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

    ” February 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

    balance you seems to have inside information ,please tell us if you work there and in what position ,
    Are you an advisor to the President and the Treasurer,
    are you a retired public officer and what is your monthly salary from N U P W?
    Do the union owe any of its female members increase salaries for years and that your new president says that he is not paying”

    Your posts suggest you have inside information as well so I am sure you already know of what you ask but since you are veering away from the gist of what I thought was a discussion I would refrain from further comment.

    I would advise whomsoever seek my advice; knowledge should be shared. Is not your advice sought by anyone?

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  58. erice February 12, 2016 at 10:55 PM #

    Balance you are hiding as usual you are an ex public officer and you are employed by NUPW ,YOU DO GIVE advice to both the president and the treasurer and you did canvas for them at the airport on election day (you asked me to vote for them ,yet you were incharge of that airport box )

    you are the property officer
    my advice has always been sort by my children and grand-children
    I shall be back Barbados by month end and shall be calling on you at the nupw when I come to pay my medicare and $13 union dues
    I have told you before my two children drop out of nupw because of that excess spending by and on executive and top management including the contracted property manager.

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  59. balance February 13, 2016 at 5:18 AM #

    “I shall be back Barbados by month end and shall be calling on you at the nupw when I come to pay my medicare and $13 union dues”

    Looking forward to the visit

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  60. ac February 13, 2016 at 7:20 AM #

    If the Union is under financial duress they need to borrow a page of suggestive parlance from their pages which suggest to govt to cut their ministers wages instead of employees

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  61. erice February 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM #

    ac
    your point is well taken but TOP Management/Executive and the advisor (who wears two shirts one red and the other blue)NEEDS TO PUT THE INTEREST OF THE members and staff first -so far every General has purchase a New CAR and this Executive has been doing extensive travelling -president after president thinks that the funds are his to use as he likes

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  62. Artaxerxes February 14, 2016 at 9:39 AM #

    It truly amazes me when certain contributors accuse others of being “political,” especially against the background of ALL their contributions are written in SUPPORT or DEFENSE of this DLP administration.

    Their usual political rhetoric and generalized incoherent statements cannot negate the fact the government introduced and subsequently passed an Employees Right Act (ERA) and was the first employer to BREACH the said Act by with-holding the severance payments of retrenched employees longer than the period as stipulated therein.

    WHAT “legalities which must be address as a result to safe guard proper governance and the integrity of the process” when the Severance Payments Act Cap 355A SPECIFICALLY states that PAYMENTS shall be MADE WITHIN 2 MONTHS of becoming due?

    The Transport Board retrenched over 200 employees in March 2014 and indicated in their termination letters that severance payments will be disbursed in April 2014.
    On the morning of August 18, 2014 (FIVE MONTHS AFTER) some of those former employees engaged in protest action at the TB’s Weymouth Headquarters, due to non-payment of their severance. The Board’s hierarchy subsequently told the protestors that “some of the money (severance) would be advanced for payment by August 29, 2014.”

    Pray tell me, what is so complex about this matter?” The government retrenched those former employees in March 2014 and promised to pay, not ALL, but SOME of their severance on August 2014, (5 months after)

    Additionally, PLEASE NOTE: the unions and government (both parties) agreed to the “last in, first out” policy.

    On March 1, 2014 the TB issued a press released which stated: “The Transport Board believes that it has met all of the requirements of both the Employment Right Act 2012 (ERA 2012) and Protocol 6.” One of those requirements was “the process of Last In First Out would have been the next step.” [TB web-site]

    However, contrary to the agreed protocol, the NCC retrenchment process ignored the “last in, first out policy” which caused Stuart to admit there were “procedural mis-steps” and referring the matter to a then non-existent ERT.

    Rather than being a SUPPORTER OF DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AS THE LAW STIPULATES, the political yard-fowl supporters of this DLP administration will seek to defend that travesty by stating “stalling and stalemate of the process can be attributed to the parties on both sides one dictated by goverance and the other dictated by what is best for those they are representing,” WHICH IS A BLATANT UNTRUTH.

    THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS (AS EVIDENCE WILL SUBSTANTIATE) THE GOVERNMENT WENT AHEAD WITH ITS RETRENCHMENT PROGRAM KNOWING THERE WEREN’T ANY FUNDS AVAILABLE TO PAY THOSE FORMER EMPLOYEES.

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  63. ac February 14, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

    The law also directs and dictates a worker to have a right to pursue legitimate avenues for reprisal if felt aggrieved.hence what is taking place presently is being placed in the hands the Employments Rights Tribunal where all of the the greivances of those retrenched would be giving a final hearing
    Again one choose to cherry pick and rationalize their utterances drawn from the fountain of political expediency without giving thought to laws that govern and direct complex issues

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  64. ac February 14, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

    Balance i am assuming that you are employed by the NUPW my assumption hinges on your response to eric comment

    balance February 13, 2016 at 5:18 AM #

    “I shall be back Barbados by month end and shall be calling on you at the nupw when I come to pay my medicare and $13 union dues”

    Looking forward to the visit

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  65. ac February 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    BTW Artexeres have you noticed on of your BLP stalwarts have flew the coop for greener pastures.

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  66. David February 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM #

    @Artax

    You are equally to blame. If you know from the weight of ac’s contributions that she is a DLP paling cock, why do you bother?

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  67. erice February 14, 2016 at 12:09 PM #

    ac no assumption-he admitted property manager,advisor,ex public offic

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  68. Artaxerxes February 14, 2016 at 12:18 PM #

    David February 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM #

    “@Artax: You are equally to blame. If you know from the weight of ac’s contributions that she is a DLP paling cock, why do you bother?”

    @ David

    Yes, you do have a point, but perhaps I’m going overboard in highlighting the length and height of stupidity some exhibit in supporting a political party. However, one should be rational, truthful and not attempt to mislead BU.

    How ignorant can one be not to admit the government breached the Severance Payment Act by not paying the retrenched workers their severance within the time frame as stipulated by law and subsequently offering to pay a portion five months after as a result of them engaging in protest action?

    Of the over 10,000 former civil servants retrenched, less than 100 from the NCC have their case being heard at the ERT because the government also breached Protocol 6 of the ERA.

    The government enacted laws and subsequently breached some of those laws with the aid of the former General Secretary and President of the NUPW, who are known DLP supporters. What is so complex about this situation?

    Now this is demonstrative of “DLP yard-donkeys stupidly and erroneously choosing to cherry pick and rationalize their utterances drawn from the fountain of political expediency without giving thought to laws that govern and direct complex issues.”

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  69. ac February 14, 2016 at 3:44 PM #

    Another complexity lies in the fact that you refused to acknowledge that there are also governing rules that gives the aggressive workers a right to pursuit . Even though you persist with an insistence of political yardfowlism in your response .

    David your response i take with a grain of salt for you no absolutely nothing about me

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  70. David February 15, 2016 at 6:11 PM #

    It appears based on the latest news reports Dennis has denied a secret agreement with the PM? The President of the NUPW is quoted as admitting they have to rely on the word of Dennis Clarke? Please say it is not true that an important meeting such as was held between the PM and the NUPW minutes were not taken. Say it it not so!

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