Better deal for public servants

A better tomorrow is what Dale Marshall is promising the people of Barbados if the BLP is voted in as the new government.

From the party’s platform in Eagle Hall where its manifesto was launched, the former attorney general and minister of home affairs said their political opponents, the Democratic Labour Party, had come to victory in 2008 on a campaign of promises including a better deal for police officers and other public workers.

The BLP, he said had “run an excellent campaign” so far and were getting results but he charged that the DLP were prepared “to do or say anything to win” the 2013 race.

“We have said from day one that this is a campaign about leadership … and any individual seeking to lead this country must lead by example … I have had numerous telephone calls, numerous emails, people all over the world are wondering if the man’s senses have left him. … [when he said] if they want money they should go to the drug lords … the Barbados Labour Party is not sending anybody to any drug lord.

“The Barbados Labour Party is saying in its manifesto that we intend to put money in your pockets by providing you with jobs. … we know full well some of the arrangements that some of their candidates have entered into over the last election or so.

“So Freundel says to the people of this country if you want to put money in your pockets go to a drug lord now I want you to imagine how the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force must feel when a former attorney general and a sitting current prime minister could …[say that]. Freundel who is so careful with his language, who is so precise in what he says and he makes a comment like that. I say to you that you have to take him seriously,” he said.

The St. Joseph candidate who is seeking to do a three-peat and secure the rural riding again for the BLP, told the crowd that the law enforcement officers had to risk life and limb every hour of every day to rid the country from the scourge of illegal drugs and deserved a better deal.

The police had been promised better working conditions in 2008 including two new stations from which to work but they were still suffering at the hands of the ruling party.

He charged that their uniforms “have in holes and are two sizes too small”, they were promised duty free cars “and not a fella ain’t get [one], and that the Force had perhaps the lowest morale in years.

“A better deal is coming for them come February 21 and when we say a better tomorrow we are not promising a better tomorrow for the Bees, we’re promising a better tomorrow for every single Barbadian. A better tomorrow for nurses, doctors, teachers, scavengers, home help workers. We are promising a better tomorrow for every single resident of this nation,” Marshall said.

The candidate further stated that in their manifesto they had committed to making conditions better for the police because of the dangers they faced on the job and were proposing a hazard allowance to reflect that.

“I have spoken to police officers who have been shot at and told me that even though the bullet may have missed, their lives were affected. …,” he said.

This proposal, as well as others, had been discussed with police association, he added.

Marshall also contends that the DLP refused to treat public servants with the respect they deserved but that would not happen under an Owen Arthur Administration. (DS)

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