Inniss attacks the unions
First he launched a frontal attack on the University of the West Indies (UWI), now Minister of Industry Donville Inniss is taking on the country’s trade unions.
He has charged that unions are “getting away with too much foolishness for too long” and it is time to stop being afraid of them.
“The unions will rant and rave; they will make a lot of threats, they tell you they [are] going to strike here and strike there. You know the unions have not done a good job of managing their affairs and want to tell everybody else how to manage their own?”
Inniss, who was addressing a St James South constituency branch meeting at the weekend, made specific reference to threatened industrial action at the Barbados Community College.
The protest was called off last Friday by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).
General secretary of the NUPW Dennis Clarke said a meeting had been planned for tomorrow morning at the Howell’s Cross Road institution.
However, Minister Inniss said his position on unions was simple.
“I am not afraid of the unions and sometimes you have to say to them ‘boss, if you want to strike, you strike’. At some point in time they’re going to go back to work or you can find other people to do the work.”
During the same constituency branch meeting, the minister hit out at the administration of UWI, particularly those at the Cave Hill Campus, charging that it was doing a poor job of managing its finances.
He said he would not support Government giving any more money to the university until it could explain its “exponential” increase in costs.