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GAIA NUPW Mystery

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The NUPW – representing public sector workers – is expected to play an important role in the civil society of Barbados. This is a heightened expectation given the current state of affairs. It is therefore important that it represents itself as a professional outfit, there is simply too much at stake.

The disagreement which surfaced this week between the General Secretary of the NUPW Roslyn Smith and the President Akanni McDowall does not bode well for a well managed industrial climate if we are to believe the two represent a significant section of NUPW’s leadership.

Here is the letter Roslyn Smith is purported to have written without the approval of President McDowall or the National Council. BU notes the letterhead bears the names of former president Walter Maloney and Dennis Clarke. It should be a matter of priority for the McDowall and Smith to quickly resolve this matter because we fear those who stand to benefit will take advantage to the disadvantage of the workers.

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74 Comments on “GAIA NUPW Mystery”

  1. Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    If the rules of NUPW is anything to go by, the president is intended to be a figurehead. The President of NUPW is acting ultra vires the rules.

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  2. David March 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM #

    @Caswell

    Is he not acting as Walter did? Is he not acting with full knowledge of the National Council as Walter did?

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  3. Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    David

    Please refer to Rule 11 which sets out the duties of the President. The rules should be in your archives, I sent them to you on April 16, 2011 at 12:11p.m.

    He is acting as Walter did because there was an idiot in the general secretary’s chair. When Nigel Harper was getting out of hand, Joseph Goddard walked off the job and told them when they were ready for him to be general secretary let him know. Harper was reined in. On another occasion Goddard wrote to the Government and told them that Harper’s presence at the union during working hours was not necessary.

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  4. de pedantic Dribbler March 26, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    @David, not to nitpick. Industrial relations matters of this type is gravely serious business…but isn’t paying attention to detail not also a serious indicator ! Your remark “BU notes the letterhead bears the names of former president Walter Maloney and Dennis Clarke” says a lot about this Union.

    As Gen Sec whether acting or otherwise there is no way I would send out correspondence under the designation of another as Gen Sec.

    As I said it may seem to be nitpicking but attention to detail says a lot about a negotiator …this seems absolutely weird to me…no wonder they squabbling internally!!!

    And I hope no blogger comes on to explain that they had so much stationery left thus they continued to use this old stationery….please no one display such stupidity!

    I gone..

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  5. David March 26, 2016 at 10:51 AM #

    @Caswell

    According to Rule 11, the president should preside at Conference. Suppose much in the same way as Giles et al did at the BWU?

    Here are the rules.

    https://barbadosunderground.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/nupw-rules-standing-order.pdf

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  6. David March 26, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

    @Dee Word

    It is a valid point. To validate it we would have to find out if Roslyn Smith has issued other official correspondence on obsolete letterheads.

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  7. Bush Tea March 26, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    @ Dribbler
    It is increasingly clear that you fail to appreciate the level of brass bowlery that reigns in Buhbadus.
    You have been away too long….living in La la land.

    Old letter head…?
    You ain’t seen nothing yet….

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  8. David March 26, 2016 at 11:09 AM #

    It could be the NUPW has a large stock of old letterheads and want to be cost conscious by exhausting old stock. If this is true it gives a sense of the backward nature of the players. In more enlightened times the letterhead is designed with software using an overlay on blank paper.

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  9. Exclaimer March 26, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

    I agree with you Bush Tea. These little things are revealing.

    The story below is good example of how we do things in Barbados.

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/25/diaster-avoided-nigeria-egypt

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  10. Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    I take the point about attention to detail, but for whatever it’s worth the document was signed by the General Secretary, who remains the only person who can sign or authorise persons to sign on behalf of NUPW. It is therefore a valid piece of correspondence.

    Sent from my iPad

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  11. David March 26, 2016 at 11:20 AM #

    Not me!

    NUPW OFFICIALS AT ODDS OVER WAGE DEMAND

    Added by Neville Clarke on March 23, 2016.

    Saved under Local News

    The President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Akanni McDowall, today sought to distance himself from recent correspondence sent by the union’s General Secretary Roslyn Smith to Chief Executive Officer of the Grantley Adams International Airport David Barrow, demanding a four per cent wage increase for GAIA workers for 2011.

    NUPW General Secretary Roslyn Smith and NUPW President Akanni McDowall

    NUPW General Secretary Roslyn Smith and NUPW President Akanni McDowall

    Yesterday, Barbados TODAY published a copy of the letter sent by Smith on March 11, 2016, even as the union had been meeting with Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo on a disputed 3.5 per cent pay increase for that same year.

    However, while claiming that the letterhead used was not “authentic because it carries the names of two former officers of the union”, namely its past President Walter Maloney and the retired General Secretary Dennis Clarke, McDowall said those salary proposals were also not sanctioned by the General Council of the NUPW.

    He further stated that since the National Council — which is the NUPW’s highest decision-making body — was yet to meet on the matter of a four per cent wage increase, its executives did not have a mandate to enter into any such discussions with GAIA Inc.

    However, in the letter dated March 11, 2016, which is signed by Smith, the union boss clearly states that “in light of rising utility costs, increased fuel costs, increased Value Added Tax and Land Tax, the addition of new taxes (Consolidated Tax and the Municipal Solid Waste Tax), increased costs of basic food items and the removal of many non-taxable allowances and tax exemptions, the National Council at its meeting of December 23, 2015 has given a mandate that the union negotiates for increased wages and salaries.”

    Smith goes on to state that in an effort to balance the needs of its members in this difficult time while simultaneously giving support to economic recovery, the NUPW is asking for an increase of eight per cent for January-December 2012; four per cent for January-December 2013; four per cent for January-December 2014 and another four per cent for January-December 2015.

    In an amendment to her March 11, 2016 letter, which sent to Barrow three days later, Smith also revealed that her union, which has been at odds with Government in recent months over a 3.5 per pay increase for 2011, was seeking an increase of four per cent for the period January to December 2011.

    And in an attempt to justify the proposals, the NUPW General Secretary said while the union was mindful of the global economic downturn and its effect on the local economy, it was cognizant of the fact that many countries globally, particularly Barbados’ source markets in the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada, have been recovering steadily since 2013.

    When contacted late this evening, Smith did not deny that had written the letters, but was adamant that as General Secretary of the NUPW she had a function to perform.

    However, she refused to be drawn into any further discussion on McDowall’s claims that her correspondence was neither authentic nor mandated by the National Council.

    nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

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  12. de pedantic Dribbler March 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM #

    @ Caswell Franklyn at 11:15 AM when I read your post I was wondering why you made the reference to :”… for whatever it’s worth the document was signed by the General Secretary, …It is therefore a valid piece of correspondence.”

    Then I read the subsequent post from the blogmaster and all became clear.

    it is therefore shocking that a dribbler like me could recognize that whether de letterhead old or not that the document becomes valid as long as it is signed by the duly appointed CURRENT official….remember I was concerned about attention to detail and how that is reflected in hurly-burly of negotiating!

    I mean people sign napkins and other pieces of paper less official dan dat and contracts were consummated. It’s not the paper…it’s she who signs. Everyone knows dat!

    A blogger has in de past used rather belittling terms to describe Mr McDowall and I thought he was being rather unfair and unjust…but if Pres Mcdowall can attempt to be so disingenuous as above wid de document not being ““authentic because it carries the names of two former officers of the union” den de blogger may have known of what he spoke!

    The games we play.

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  13. David March 26, 2016 at 1:03 PM #

    @Dee Word

    If you read the Barbados Today report McDowall’s position becomes very clear.

    On 26 March 2016 at 17:00, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  14. de pedantic Dribbler March 26, 2016 at 1:20 PM #

    Oh Lawd David, you mean to say you still do dat at 11:09 AM despite the remark made before..”And I hope no blogger comes on to explain that they had so much stationery left…please no one display such stupidity!

    At least, thank heavens, you made some attempt to clarify…LOLL!

    I think tho that apart from the “backward nature of the players” it may also suggest they planned on being in power longer…

    … I mean, there must be a very clear idea of how much stationery the Union uses so unless they buying it real, real cheap (and den they should have bought new already) then why do they have so much…Clarke has been gone a year+ now hasn’t he!

    Anyhow as I said , dis may be all nitpicking…Mr BushTea said it already…basically the level of professionalism is piss poor so why expect such ‘trivia’ to be consider important.

    If the awesome Union can’t manage their own shop properly how can I expect them to manage me or mine better!

    But why fool ourselves dis type squabble and operation has been there since before Clarke, so nothing new whatever.

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  15. David March 26, 2016 at 1:25 PM #

    @Dee Word

    It is important for reason already stated, the NUPW is a key player if the paradigm is to be shifted for the better in Barbados.

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  16. Bush Tea March 26, 2016 at 2:31 PM #

    LOL @ David and Dribbles
    The two o’ wunna does mek Bushie dead wid laugh hear…

    @ David
    …yuh hear de man name ‘de walking dribbler’ … what ‘Dee Word’ yuh talking bout..?

    …and when the hell will you get over this fantasy idea about ‘a better Barbados’? …it would have to fall from the sky …like the ‘New Jerusalem’……
    …CERTAINLY not from any proactive actions by the lotta shiite hounds and brass bowls controlling things around here…

    @ Dribbles….
    You have NO IDEA how Bajan you sound…..
    …Nothing is possible that never happened before – it just isn’t allowed
    …Weekes should have known that Blacks are not allowed…(and not bothered?)’
    …The Union should manage their stationary better …(Boss, that ‘UNION’ hired Chinese labour to build its headquarters because local labour (Its members) was too expensive…)
    …that shiite union had Caswell as an employee – and fired by far the best resource they had…

    Bushie would be surprised if they can clean themselves properly after a toilet visit … far less manage their stationary supplies…
    steupssss….this time the staff are as surprised as you are that it was old stationary used…

    …and David talking bout ‘a better Barbados…’
    …tek care Bushie don’t reclassify you as a dreamer yuh…
    ha ha ha
    Shiirtt!!!

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  17. Gabriel March 26, 2016 at 3:57 PM #

    Looking at the photograph of the President and General Secretary and others marching,that fellow McDowell is what Bajans call a ‘real big mout fella in trute’.He can win a hotdog eating contest anytime……..

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  18. Prodigal Son March 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    What stationery over stock of stationery what?

    Has the NUPW not moved to computers where everything is already formatted and it would be as easy as ABC to just change the names before printing.

    These people make me sick…….every time we have the government on the ropes, they do something silly to let the morons off.

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  19. Gabriel March 26, 2016 at 5:01 PM #

    Affixing her signature to an out of date hierarchy is indicative of disregard for the current executive, low self esteem or thoroughbred ignorance by the signatory.In other words Roslyn Smith has no self respect nor respect for the current executive.Only a nincompoop would exhibit such crass stupidity..seems the lady would sign any cheque without checking the attached documentation.General Secretary??bah

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  20. Left De Union March 26, 2016 at 8:08 PM #

    @Caswell Franklyn, perhaps Denis and Walter still pulling strings. I heard they had confusion over the medicare meeting on Wednesday when they put out the GeneralSecretary and an insurance man.

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  21. Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    Left de Union

    My understanding is that they put the President out of the meeting not the GS.

    Sent from my iPad

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  22. Left De Union March 26, 2016 at 8:31 PM #

    @Caswell You know dem carrying up the medical insurance rates and I hear the manager of the agency resign to go to Capita. I joined your union as I could not deal with those corrupted demons

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  23. LT.HORATIO CAINE March 26, 2016 at 11:44 PM #

    I said it time and time again in this here forum,that Asskani Mcdowall was going to self destruct and that he needed to temper his actions i am not at all surprised by these turn of events,enough said.

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  24. Sargeant March 27, 2016 at 7:59 AM #

    While some are fussing about names on letterheads and internal power struggles, I am astounded at the audacity of the request for a cumulative 20% increase for the past four years; what bodes for the next four? God must be a Bajan who bestows his munificence on those Bajans living on the coral rock while those of us who live in other places can only turn a jaundiced eye at the fortunate who chose to remain where their navel strings are buried.

    Since the letter writer mentions that the economic performance of the Sunny North has been on an upswing, perhaps I should draw her attention to the Budget which was tabled last week when the Min. Of Finance projected a deficit of 29 Billion that’s Billion with a “B”, this happens when the price of your major natural resources are in a downward spiral and as a result the National Kitty is empty. I won’t try to draw a parallel on the performance of the Natural Resource sector in Barbados but the letter writer is better informed than I am so the 20% may be merited. I also realize that no one in Barbados “holds strain” (to use the vernacular of the 70’s) least of all the politicians so why would the workers?

    Is it too late to return?

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  25. David March 27, 2016 at 8:21 AM #

    @Sargeant

    Note also that GAIA collects all the fees but government covers a lot of the expenses.

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  26. David March 27, 2016 at 11:52 AM #

    Airport staff bid for new pay plan

    Added 27 March 2016

    airport-protest67

    President of the NUPW Akanni McDowall leading protesting Airport workers earlier this year. (FP)

    TROUBLE APPEARS TO BE brewing between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and some of its members employed at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).

    Related articles

    Well-placed sources have revealed that a petition signed by more than 90 GAIA workers is demanding that the NUPW abandon its efforts to try to get a disputed 3.5 per cent pay increase and instead submit fresh proposals for a new collective agreement.

    The union has so far failed to show that workers have a legitimate right to the 3.5 per cent increase that had formed part of a 2011 pay increase.

    GAIA management said the NUPW agreed to forgo that part of the wage settlement following a meeting between the NUPW’s then general secretary Dennis Clarke and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

    Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.

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  27. balance March 27, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

    “Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    If the rules of NUPW is anything to go by, the president is intended to be a figurehead. The President of NUPW is acting ultra vires the rules.”
    As usual you are correct in your analysis of the intention of the rules vis a vis the role of the President. Do you not think that the rules ought to be changed to give more power to those who had to beg public servants for votes and were elected on the basis of promises which they are unable to fulfil by virtue of the rules which limit their authority to initiate any action without the approval of the unelected National Council.

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  28. Caswell Franklyn March 27, 2016 at 12:51 PM #

    Leave the rules as they are, no one requires that candidates for union office to pretend that they are running for national office. The candidates ought to know that they would not be able to honour the promises that they made if elected.

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  29. Bush Tea March 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM #

    @ balance
    Can you imagine the chaos if any and every idiot could just make willy nilly unrealistic promises ..and then frig up the whole organisation by trying to honour them …or risk loosing their sweet benefits by not keeping the stupid promises….?

    Shiite man, it would be EXACTLY like our political system…..
    ..Which is why the ELECTED officers in BUP’s new arrangements will just be allowed to talk shiite and convey shiite honours on one another….

    The ACTUAL management of the country will be CONTRACTED to PROFESSIONALS who will be head-hunted for the specialised skills needed to run a damn country…

    …can’t figure how Caswell understands this so well …and still won’t BUP….🙂

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  30. David March 28, 2016 at 6:04 AM #

    GAIA experienced a technical glitch yesterday that slowed down the processing of passengers / planes.

    Sabotaged?

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/79472/airport-failure-snags-travellers?

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  31. balance March 28, 2016 at 6:44 AM #

    “Caswell Franklyn March 27, 2016 at 12:51 PM #

    Leave the rules as they are, no one requires that candidates for union office to pretend that they are running for national office. The candidates ought to know that they would not be able to honour the promises that they made if elected. ”

    Again that is true in one sense when divisions functioned and councillors were elected and not selected but definitely not in another if unelected councillors answerable to no one can wield more influence than those who have been elected. I believe the rules ought to be revised to reflect reality which is that those with the most authority should have a mandate from the membership to do so. Then a powerless Executive can be selected from the Council to superintend the affairs of the Union on behalf of the Council in conjunction with the General Secretary.

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  32. balance March 28, 2016 at 6:46 AM #

    Bush Tea March 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM #

    @ balance
    Can you imagine the chaos if any and every idiot could just make willy nilly unrealistic promises ..and then frig up the whole organisation by trying to honour them …or risk loosing their sweet benefits by not keeping the stupid promises

    Bushie can you imagine the chaos to our already chaotic system of governance if the unelected members of the senate had more power than the elected members of the lower house.

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  33. Pure Magic March 28, 2016 at 7:01 AM #

    The Cabinet of Barbados is looking for a scapegoat at the Barbados Water Authority, the Chairman’s head is suppose to be on the chopping block. No lesser a man than Fruendel ‘Sleepy Head’ Stuart ably assisted by Donville ‘Bizzy’ Inniss and Stephen ‘Little Hitler’ Lashley are the ones calling for Atleigh Brathwaite to be axed from the board.

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  34. balance March 28, 2016 at 7:11 AM #

    “Pure Magic March 28, 2016 at 7:01 AM #

    The Cabinet of Barbados is looking for a scapegoat at the Barbados Water Authority, the Chairman’s head is suppose to be on the chopping block. No lesser a man than Fruendel ‘Sleepy Head’ Stuart ably assisted by Donville ‘Bizzy’ Inniss and Stephen ‘Little Hitler’ Lashley are the ones calling for Atleigh Brathwaite to be axed from the board.”

    Dr Attlee Brathwaithe has always been an integral part of the institution of the DLP perhaps when the three persons you mentioned were still in diapers. I think it might be more appropriate to ask for the head of the Minister who publicly said the payment of the increment was not possible because of the debt it would create.

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  35. Pure Magic March 28, 2016 at 7:20 AM #

    @Balance

    ………..but, but,but the Minister was only going on the official correspondence from the Minister of Finance instructing the BWA to lay-off people at BWA, and make certain that the wages and salaries expenses of the BWA was controlled and reduced.

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  36. David March 28, 2016 at 7:21 AM #

    If there was a performance system built on meritocracy…

    What elected members what!??

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  37. Bush Tea March 28, 2016 at 8:13 AM #

    @ balance
    Bushie can you imagine the chaos to our already chaotic system of governance if the unelected members of the senate had more power than the elected members of the lower house.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Wait boss …you is a piece uh lawyer now?
    Bushie puts an argument for HEAD-HUNTING competent professionals to run the country’s affairs …and you talking shiite about a ‘Senate’ comprised of losers, ‘has-beens’ and jokers …and symbolically chaired by one of the most talented (but unfortunately blind) women in the country?
    Bushie don’t waste time fighting straw men…or women. Bring some substance balance.

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  38. Caswell Franklyn March 28, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    Balance

    If you want to make meaningful changes to the rules of NUPW, limit the number of unelected members of council or eliminate them all together.

    Sent from my iPad

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  39. St George's Dragon March 28, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

    I saw somewhere recently that the BWA had taken on 100 extra staff in the last year, presumably because the Minister sent them. Maybe they would have had the money to pay the existing staff properly if they hadn’t have been overstaffed with political appointees.

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  40. are-we-there-yet March 28, 2016 at 4:53 PM #

    Balance re. your 7:11 am post

    Seems to me that a most interesting political play is being acted out.

    As gleaned from an article in Today’s Nation, the Government’s delegation at the recent intense talks held to address the BWA backpay matter appears to have gone against the advice of the Minister of Finance and agreed to a settlement that appears to be almost impossible for the Board to honour, given the financial situation of the BWA as well as the Government.

    As far as was reported elsewhere, that negotiation was headed, on the Government’s side, by the Minister of Labour.

    The Government’s reported reaction to the settlement, according to today’s Nation, is that the PM and some members of Cabinet are seeking to hold the Chairman of the Board publicly responsible for the debacle created by the implied concessions to the BWA workers.

    The paper suggests that the Chairman, Dr Attlee Brathwaite, is being prepared to take the role of a scapegoat in this matter.

    Dr Brathwaite is a skilled and experienced chairman and negotiator and a longstanding devotee of the DLP. From today’s paper, his position appears to be that he always fully understood and accepted that the Board was in no financial position to pay the Union’s demands and that he would actually welcome being removed from the position. It therefore seems passing strange that he would have agreed to a situation where Government would have been embarrassed if the outcome of the negotiations were that a large component of the Union’s demands were met.

    If he is moved now it would be the second time that Dr. Brathwaite would have been moved from a top position at the BWA to allow for a political face saving exercise at that institution. The first time it was rumoured that it was to create a position for a Minister who had fallen from grace for cause by PM David Thompson.

    I wonder if history is not repeating itself and the wrong person is being scapegoated?

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  41. Nickel Head March 28, 2016 at 7:35 PM #

    are-we-there-yet

    It is rumoured that PM and MOF gave the Minister of Agriculture certain guarantees of monies so the BWA/BWU matter could be resolved. If the MOA is back raised by the PM and MOF…………………… can you imagine what Estwick would do and or say?
    It is probably safe to assume that Estwick will write to BWU this week setting out the assurances given by the Cabinet and MOF and setting the paper trail in order so that if and when the PM or MOF refuse to honour the financial commitments to BWA, he has the contemporaneous records in order.

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  42. Nickel Head March 28, 2016 at 7:37 PM #

    The real shame in this all is that the Nation News paper is now in the business of reporting on rumours political and giving it prominence on the front page?

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  43. are-we-there-yet March 28, 2016 at 11:17 PM #

    Nickel Head;

    Very Interesting!!

    So what you are saying is that the Nation Newspaper got the rumour all wrong, perhaps even their reporting on Dr Attlee Brathwaite’s comments re. that rumour.

    But, but, but… what you appear to be hinting doesn’t seem right as it indicates that :-

    1) Certain guarantees of monies to resolve the issue were given by the PM and MoF to the MoA (and were most likely shared with Dr Brathwaite and presumably the MoL) as agreed negotiating positions.

    2) The negotiating team, used these assurances in good faith, to achieve an agreement with the Union.

    3) The PM and the MoF are now recognizing, again, that the Country cannot afford to pay the BWA workers the agreed increases.

    4) The putative agreement with the Union will either be accompanied by very significant job cuts or will have to be renegotiated.

    5) The Union has no recourse if the agreement is significantly and unilaterally altered by Government.

    6) The Nation rumour probably got it partly right that Dr Brathwaite might be being scapegoated, but in a good cause, i.e. to deflect political barbs from the PM and MoF and MoL.

    But something seems to be awry!

    Surely no PM nor MoF would operate in the fashion that your submission suggests.

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  44. Nickel Head March 29, 2016 at 4:51 AM #

    are-we-there-yet

    You are being mischievous. Neither the PM nor MOF can terminate the appointment of the Chairman of BWA, its really that simple. Estwick is not going to co-operate, he appartently hates them both and with equal measure.
    That is why the resorted to the shame game in hopes that Dr Brathwaite would be incensed and would have resigned.

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  45. Nickel Head March 29, 2016 at 5:08 AM #

    The piss poor Nation News paper is at it again with an editorial about the Chairman of the BWA.

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  46. balance March 29, 2016 at 5:30 AM #


    ………..but, but,but the Minister was only going on the official correspondence from the Minister of Finance instructing the BWA to lay-off people at BWA, and make certain that the wages and salaries expenses of the BWA was controlled and reduced.”

    And why single out Mr Brathwaite then if what you say is true ? Was Mr Brathwaite not going on correspondence too and supposedly from the Minister? In any case if the Minister was going on correspondence from the Minister of Finance; how was he able to agree to concessions which would obviously run counter to the directive of the Minister of Finance.

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  47. balance March 29, 2016 at 5:36 AM #

    “The Government’s reported reaction to the settlement, according to today’s Nation, is that the PM and some members of Cabinet are seeking to hold the Chairman of the Board publicly responsible for the debacle created by the implied concessions to the BWA workers.”

    I will not be surprised. That has been the modus operandi of this incompetent Cabinet from day one. They even sought to lay the blame elsewhere with threats of legal action when they sought to get rid of Mr Stuart. Standard operating behaviour.

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  48. balance March 29, 2016 at 6:14 AM #

    “If there was a performance system built on meritocracy”…

    What do you mean ? Aren’t both the same? wouldn’t meritocracy be based on an evaluation of performance.

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  49. balance March 29, 2016 at 6:18 AM #

    “Caswell Franklyn March 28, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    Balance

    If you want to make meaningful changes to the rules of NUPW, limit the number of unelected members of council or eliminate them all together.”

    Cas when I speak of unelected council members I am not only referring to honorary Secretaries selected on the supposition of providing expertise to the Council in various complex matters when they arise; but I am speaking of the composition of Council by persons who are selected because of non functioning divisions.

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  50. David March 29, 2016 at 6:39 AM #

    And now the politics move to the BWA. Every single thing must be mired in politics.

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  51. are-we-there-yet March 29, 2016 at 8:14 AM #

    David;

    Practically everything reflects or is a reflection of politics. Think about ministerial responsibilities. Don’t they encompass every aspect of life?

    Remove politics and there would be no discussion on BU.

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  52. are-we-there-yet March 29, 2016 at 8:35 AM #

    Nickel Head;

    Why was it necessary to roll out the shame brathwaite game? Who resorted to and fashioned it? Why does it appear that the Nation was tricked into reporting yesterday’s story? What is the true connection between Dr Brathwaite and the agreement? Who is ultimately responsible for the agreement? Isn’t it the leader of the Government side? The MoL? Why is she apparently being shielded?

    The shame brathwaite game has all the trademarks of someone who always resorts to asymetric warfare. I wonder who that might be?

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  53. Swing Low March 29, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

    This has nothing to do with the BWA/BWU union matter, that is just the camouflage needed to oust Atleigh Brathwaite and get Estwick on the back foot. This has to do with the fact that BWA is about to secure two desalination plants and has secured BDS$80MILLION from the CDB for infrastructure improvements at BWA.
    Donville and Chris, with the blessing of the PM have teamed up together because of mutual interest, Donville is the promoter in chief of Bizzy Williams and Chris is the promoter and chief of Mark Maloney. Bizzy wants the desalination plants for Ionics and Mark wants the contract to build $80 Million dollars in reservoirs and tanks across Barbados for the BWA.

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  54. David March 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM #

    @Swing Lowe

    Then we need to make it public, send BU the details.

    @Are-we-there-yet

    Yes there is politics everywhere but it does not have to be always partisan.

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  55. Swing Low March 29, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    David

    Only two companies in Barbados supplier water to the BWA and its customers, Ionics (Spring Garden, St.Michael) and Potable Water Supply (Groves, St. Philip), both of which are majority owned by Bizzy Williams.

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  56. Swing Low March 29, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

    Bizzy Williams with the assistance of member of the Cabinet will not allow the Minister responsible for BWA to make a decision on desalination plants unless and until Bizzy is certain that he will get those too (or two).

    I keep says in Barbados we like out monopolies and Bizzy will not allow anyone to stand in his way as he continues down the road of monopolising the private supply business in Barbados.

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  57. Swing Low March 29, 2016 at 2:57 PM #

    Names being mentioned to replace the present chairman of the BWA are:- (1) Hal Gollop, (2) Steve Gollop, or (3) Kennedy Swarotsingh

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  58. are-we-there-yet March 29, 2016 at 6:21 PM #

    Who is Steve Gollop and what is his claim to fame?
    Who is Kennedy Swarotsingh and what is his claim to fame? The surname sounds Trinidadian. Is it?

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  59. are-we-there-yet March 29, 2016 at 6:27 PM #

    I googled Kennedy Swaratsingh and found a number of articles. The most comprehensive one was this.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/3986/ceo-role

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  60. Cracker March 29, 2016 at 6:37 PM #

    Steve Gollop’s claim to fame is that he is Hal Gollop’s son.
    Hal, of course, was the lawyer for the BWA who let Innotech write their own contract for the new BWA building. In the process, BWA paid Innotech $5 million as an upfront payment they were not entitled to. They also got paid for duty and VAT which they got waivers on, so this money should not have been charged to BWA.

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  61. Bush Tea March 29, 2016 at 9:40 PM #

    Wuh even if these DLP jokers could find competent people to appoint to these posts…. who the hell would want to subject themselves and their integrity to these morons?
    …no wonder Gollop is the only option for every shiite…
    Bushie is still wondering about Jeff with the FTC…. just waiting to see how this solar energy arrangement will be handled…..🙂

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  62. colonel Buggy March 29, 2016 at 11:43 PM #

    So who heads this private company, working for the BWA, cannot recall its initials, which I have seen digging large holes in the road all over Christ Church?

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  63. colonel Buggy March 29, 2016 at 11:50 PM #

    Swing Low March 29, 2016 at 9:03 AM #
    No wonder that the word on the street is that the MOF has alleged to have stated , he should be $50 Million better off by the time he demits office. Perhaps we should ask Dale Marshall if this is US or Bajan dollarbills.

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  64. Asquith Haynes March 30, 2016 at 6:33 AM #

    who digging large holes in the road in ch. ch. for the bwa? What is it them digging the holes for? who or what them looking for, dead bodies?

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  65. Musings March 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM #

    The NUPW and Customs dont endorse the concept of a stable progressive Barbados based on improvement in the economy of the four pillars of tourism, off shore business, manufacturing and agriculture. The stance of the NUPW and Customs are at odds with the rest of the society. Customs last year cost the economy $22 million in one of their repeat go slows. Go slows for the Customs deptartment at the airport is the old normal. Its pathetic the work ethos of Customs. A change manager reckons their attitude is among the world’s worst for border controllers. The NUPW casts around for the flimsiest excuse to strike and bring the country to a halt. Productivity is meaningless to the NUPW. Who can be tasked to get reason into the heads of those two destructive bodies . Can society call on Caswell oops forgot he’s the Customs godfather, what of the bush shitter , miller, ac, ding ding, King Dyall or Kapesskalers.

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  66. Colonel Buggy March 30, 2016 at 10:17 PM #

    Asquith Haynes March 30, 2016 at 6:33 AM #
    Checked it out today. Its called WMC- Water Management ,Caribbean. There are holes dug and cordoned off at the following locations. Henry Forde Roundabout, at the top of Newton, one at Gall Hill/ Montrose on the relatively newly paved road, and another in Gall Hill near the Aberdeen Jones Centre.

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  67. Small Dwarf March 31, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    colonel buggy
    never hear bout them. they drilling for water? who they working for and how much they charging?

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  68. Colonel Buggy March 31, 2016 at 2:03 PM #

    Small Dwarf March 31, 2016 at 1:42 PM #
    Those are $5 million dollar questions.

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  69. Small Dwarf March 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM #

    I lost. how do we find on what them doing, for who and for how much?

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  70. Bush Tea March 31, 2016 at 2:54 PM #

    @ Colonel Buggy
    …are they not preparing to drill horizontal tunnels (from large hole to large hole) to install new water mains…?
    Believe this technology is designed to avoid extensive trenching in areas where there are lots of underground infrastructure already in place…

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  71. David March 31, 2016 at 7:36 PM #

    Heard today firemen at GAIA went on strike? Redman also promised strike action at the start of the next school term if environmental issues at a few schools is not fixed and fees to teachers for marking SBA projects are not paid.

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  72. Colonel Buggy March 31, 2016 at 8:23 PM #

    Bush Tea March 31, 2016 at 2:54 PM #
    As far as I can see, the firm INFRA , is undertaking this horizontal drilling (old technology) in Bridgetown. The stretch of road between Montrose and Gall Hill, part of the ”Ronald Jones Highway”,which was upgraded a few years ago, had all of its underground utilities upgraded as well. Perhaps ,like Roebuck Street the incorrect fittings were installed initially.

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  73. David March 31, 2016 at 8:30 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    BU understands the BWA did not have the correct fittings but made a decision to allow the trenches to be filled to allow traffic to resume.

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  74. St George's Dragon April 1, 2016 at 9:39 PM #

    Infra = Jada = Bjerkhamn
    Infra trucks are on site at the (ex?) Harlequin H-hotel site next to KFC on the south coast as well. What is that about?

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