Outspoken trade unionist knocks decision on national honours
An outspoken trade unionist has declared that former General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Dennis Clarke is undeserving of a national service medal award.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Caswell Franklyn also questioned why Independent Senator Professor Henry Fraser was accorded a knighthood in this year’s Independence Day honours list.
“Why should they give an Independent senator an award? . . . He should have said ‘no thank you, I am an Independent senator and I shouldn’t be taking anything from the Government’. We don’t do anything right in this country!” he exclaimed.
However, Franklyn was particularly critical of the decision to recognise Clarke, saying it was in recognition of his service to the Government and not the trade union movement.
Stressing that the retiring NUPW boss “has done nothing that was deserving of national recognition” and had failed to give leadership to the working class, Franklyn said he was prepared to shout his opposition from the roof top if necessary.
“You should not get national honours for that,” he insisted, adding that if the ruling Democratic Labour Party wanted to recognise Clarke for that “they should have given him that national award at [the party’s] George Street auditorium when they have their annual conference because what he has done was not national service and should not be nationally recognized, but nationally condemned.
“To this day, the civil servants are suffering due to his negligence. All of those people went home from the National Conservation Commission and the Drainage Division and he did not provide leadership and for that the Government is happy,” the trade unionist charged.