Attorney Ralph Thorne has condemned the decision by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to refer the National Conservation Commission dispute to the Employment Rights Tribunal.
He said the prime minister acted “unlawfully” since the decision to send any matter to the tribunal can only be made by workers through their unions.
“Stuart’s intervention [in the NCC dispute] is deceitful, it is cynical, it is intended to fool you…It was a charade…it was legally flawed,” Thorne told a Barbados Labour Party meeting last night at the St Christopher’s Primary School.
He contended that the prime minister could also be called as a witness when the tribunal begins hearings and went on to accuse trade unionists of joining with Government to betray public sector workers.
“This government had confined workers’ rights to the death bed, employees rights to a casket, and the trade unions want to be the pall bearer,” he charged.