CTUSAB boss blasts WICB head for retweeting negative post about Gayle
A local trade union leader has come out swinging in response to a controversial move by president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron over the weekend.
President of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Association of Barbados (CTUSAB) Cedric Murrell condemned Cameron for retweeting a post that ridiculed Chris Gayle, calling the WICB boss’ behaviour “a monstrous perversion of common sense”.
After Gayle was out for four as the Windies played Pakistan in a One-Day International in New Zealand on Saturday, Cameron retweeted a negative fan tweet that read: “Gayle goes . . . Can’t buy a run. Let’s give him a retirement package . . . Can’t fail repeatedly and still front up based on reputation”.
Murrell strongly criticized Cameron’s action, saying neither leaders nor managers should behave in that way. Addressing this morning’s opening of the 13th Annual Week of Excellence at the Central Bank that was attended by several diplomats, trade unionists, and officials including Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Murrell said Cameron’s comments “rankled” him.
“Prime Minister, I would like to borrow a few words from you, that what we experienced from the president of the West Indies Cricket Board a few days ago was ‘a monstrous perversion of common sense’,” he said.
“I say that because he is the manager, the chief manager of the West Indies [cricket] team, and for him to be the one to retweet a statement by someone that denigrates an iconic player that Chris Gayle is, is exactly what we do not want from managers to workers.”
The CTUSAB leader said a manager’s job was to make their employees feel that they are the best that they could be.
“And that [retweet] certainly could not have made Chris Gayle feel that he should be the best that he can be. But I suspect that he will rebound,” he said.
“It might also have been used by the president as a way to motivate but I think that . . . is something that a manager should never do, and certainly the congress wants to condemn that kind of behaviour by persons who are in authority,” Murrell added, as he noted that a decision would be made on March 7 on who would lead the body going forward.
Cameron, who is seeking re-election and will go up against Barbadian Joel Garner for the top post, has already come under fire from the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).
In a statement issued the same day of the retweet, the association said the fact that the president’s retweet came in the middle of the West Indies team’s critical International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup game against Pakistan “renders it even more unacceptable”.
“We denounce any such behaviour by any official of the WICB in any given circumstance,” WIPA president and chief executive officer Wavell Hinds said.
WIPA has written to the WICB requesting a full explanation.
Cameron subsequently apologized for his actions and removed the post from his account, saying no offence
“Full apologies extended. Rally round the West Indies,” he wrote.