Lawsuit looming over BTA
Chairman of the soon-to-be defunct Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) Adrian Elcock is facing the possibility of a lawsuit.
Senior members of staff at the BTA are considering suing him for defamation over remarks he made during an address at the annual general meeting of the Intimate Hotels of Barbados at the end of July.
General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman made the disclosure while addressing the media at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters today.
“I understand that the seniors in the BTA are offended by some language which the chairman used in a speech and that they feel is defamatory. When they told me about it initially, I was concerned with them and indicated that it struck me as somewhat like the defamatory words which were made by Cable and Wireless against the workers there just about two years ago,” he said.
“We demanded an apology . . . The chief executive officer agreed that that he will apologise publicly, but he never did. That apology is yet to be made.”
The veteran trade unionist said he had seen the speech and he had his views on Elcock’s comments, but he would not disclose those at stage.
“I will not express in this forum now because I understand that those workers have indicated that they are likely to take action. If they are taking action in pursuit of what they think is defamation it would be highly improper for me to make any comments on that speech,” Sir Roy said.
Elcock, who is staying on at the BTA until at least monthend to supervise the ongoing restructuring at the agency and the transition to the Barbados Tourism Product Authority and the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., was highly critical of the existing BTA structure and the performance of some experienced workers, and suggested that the agency needed a new focus and new priorities.