Apology may be in order for Gonsalves following GAIA incident
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves may get an apology from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but he does not deserve any, says General Secretary of the Unity Workers Union Caswell Franklyn.
The workers’ representative told Barbados TODAY he came to this conclusion today after carrying out an in-depth analysis of what transpired after Gonsalves arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) en route to his homeland on April 14.
Franklyn, who was retained to represent an airport security guard, who dealt with the Vincentian leader, said that after examining the details of the case, the Chief Executive Officer of GAIA, David Barrow, did not think management could have built a case against the guard.
Giving details of the incident, which was reported publicly for the first time in a Barbados TODAY story last night, Franklyn said security personnel did not recognize Gonsalves because he was not accompanied at the time by protocol or special branch officers.
The union official said after Gonsalves was asked to take off his shoes after the security equipment went off, he protested and reportedly asked: “Do you know who I am?”
Franklyn condemned Gonsalves’ response. “These people have become too big for their boots,” he said.