Arthur: Trade unions playing politics
More criticisms are being leveled at trade unions representing retrenched public sector workers.
This time it’s coming from former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who is accusing trade unionists of blatant partisanship and taking the workers of Barbados for a ride.
He said the leaders continually pressured his administration yet are now advising Government on the humane way to send home public servants.
“What is happening in Barbados today would not be accepted of a Labour Party Government,” he said, noting that the people of the St Peter constituency, whom he represents are feeling the “savagery of the labour movement.”
“There is no easy way to send home 3,000 people. But you all are being asked to believe that the labour movement is doing something for you, that they’re finding the right process. And Freundel you should be embarrassed that you’re going and meet the labour movement and your issue is “3,000 got to go home but the wrong process [ was used] so let us send home 3,000 by the right process,” he said at last night’s Barbados Labour Party meeting in St Peter.
“When the Labour Party was in office it [the labour movement] believed that it had to bleed the state but then when the DLP came into office it believes that it can sell out the workers of Barbados. That has to change man. That is wrong.”
Arthur said with the Barbadian economy changing, the labour movement needs a new approach that does not see Barbados’ affairs in strictly partisan terms.