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McDowall disappointed at Dr Byer

President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall has revealed that he would be uncomfortable meeting with Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer after she accused his union of acting in bad faith and of treating her office with scant respect during the ongoing impasse with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC).

Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Dr Byer complained that an official of the NUPW had told the media that he would meet with her, although that official had not corresponded with her before the announcement, and had disrespected her, her office and the industrial relations process.

While she did not name the official, it appeared she was referring to McDowall.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, the union president expressed disappointment at Dr Byer, saying she was unprofessional.

 Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer

”I am really disappointed that the Minister would have made those statements in Parliament. It would now mean that the relationship between the NUPW and the Minister would be one that is uncomfortable since she would have made those statements.

“The Minister has a responsibility for labour in this country and she has to make sure, wherever possible, to couch her language that it comes over as professional as possible,” McDowall said.

However, the NUPW president was not prepared to write off the relationship altogether, assuring that the damage was not irreparable.

“I personally have no problem meeting with the Minister of Labour, but it would be uncomfortable, since she would have shown that she really does not appreciate the way that the NUPW does its business or goes about its business. So it would now be uncomfortable. But I don’t think it is beyond repair. I would have to bring it to the attention of council . . . and they would have to give me their opinion on it,” he said.

McDowall also took a shot at the Minister for her comment regarding adherence to process, suggesting that Government ought to look in the mirror.

He made reference to the termination of over 3,000 public servants last year, along with workers of the drainage unit “who were scopped up like cattle and sent home”, the case of the 200 employees of the National Conservation Commission and that of the ten BIDC employees, insisting process was not followed in any of these cases.

“When it comes to Government, there seems to be no process. Everybody wants the union to fall in line, but when it comes to Government it can do what it wants to do,” McDowall claimed.

46 Responses to McDowall disappointed at Dr Byer

  1. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith July 24, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Join the long queue of people disappointed with this Minister!

  2. Sonia Lynch
    Sonia Lynch July 24, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Is she really a minister ?

    • René Holder
      René Holder July 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Ministers of Cabinet don’t have to be elected. Cabinet is different from Parliament. Just pointing that out

    • Sonia Lynch
      Sonia Lynch July 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Renée yeah !!!!can u Plz tell me what is a Minister ?or what is this minister’s job?

  3. Pat Burrowes Speede Puckerin
    Pat Burrowes Speede Puckerin July 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Is only she u disappointed with???

  4. Louise King
    Louise King July 24, 2015 at 8:15 am

    may be following de instructions of our prime Minister–and clico sins

  5. Alex Alleyne July 24, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Simply “A clash of egos” .
    No one cares about BARBADOS anymore.

  6. Keisha Weekes
    Keisha Weekes July 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

    His interest right now should be paying those workers that were on strike.

    • Violeta Patricia Piggott
      Violeta Patricia Piggott July 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Done know

    • Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux
      Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux July 24, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      There has been absolutely no interest shown in mediating on his part. The agenda is not what is parlayed for public consumption. I said so in the Senate on Wednesday night. Meanwhile Barbados stinks to high heaven, and the workers, who are being used as unsuspecting pawns, have no supermarket money tonight. Great going Miakannii! It is about power, not people.

  7. Olutoye Walrond July 24, 2015 at 8:33 am

    But what about the allegations she made? Were they true?

  8. Danny Clarke Colombian
    Danny Clarke Colombian July 24, 2015 at 8:52 am

    who isn’t. join the long line. only person impressed with her is Stuart

  9. Angela Sandra Paul
    Angela Sandra Paul July 24, 2015 at 9:02 am


  10. Natasha Grant
    Natasha Grant July 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

    It’s true Keisha Weekes, pay the people that you encourage to strike.

  11. Princess Neferua
    Princess Neferua July 24, 2015 at 9:36 am

    …..I see this headline and LOL…Join the club dear…that is what happen when you are given something that you didn’t rightfully earn….

  12. Petee Cumberbatch
    Petee Cumberbatch July 24, 2015 at 10:11 am

    its true Keisha Weekes and Natasha Grant pay de people u bring out to dem. and the public disguting wid u for misleading them…

  13. ARG Chronicles July 24, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I am and have always been a strong supporter of the union, further more I have held the role of shop steward for years in my organization, and still am a paid member of the union. The events which has and is still playing out with the Union and the BIDC, leaves much to be desired. I am however annoyed by the power struggle that is going on. Who gives a hell about if you feel uncomfortable or not, You have a freaking job to do .. simply do it. What Mr. McDowel needs to be disappointed in, is the fact that he almost shut down an entire country over 10 workers, of which 7 clearly would prefer the issues to be worked out in court and take out of the unions hand. It’s unfortunate at this time in Barbados’s history, a time of economic turbulence, we find ourselves with new union leader who in my humble simple opinion, is trying to make a name for himself on the industrial landscape of Barbados and we simply cannot afford this ego trip at this stage.

    I said from the beginning, that the union all out, extreme approach simply did not make since, I totally support the idea of a strike when it is warranted, furthermore I see the value in tuff talk, I however am challenged with the choice of action by the union for three reasons.

    1. You have 10 persons pretty much at retirement age, who I suspect, the majority may want their package, or more so an even further enhanced package. (why was this not perused)
    2. Why would you use your biggest weapon to fight small battle, it just does not make since. (This all-out action simply makes the union look irresponsible and immature)
    3. The government found itself in a situation where it felt in order to stabilize the economy it had to cut some 3000 jobs. (the union under experienced leadership felt it was not wise at this time to strike)

    But yet, we find ourselves in a situation where, over 10 jobs we are going to close an entire country down, destroy an economy struggling to recover, and seal the fate of Barbadians to struggle for years to come. It simply does not make since.

    Now we have an ego trip playing-out, when in my view that persons who deserve representation suffers, Barbados suffers, Barbadians suffer, and the trade union movement suffers, because of a man who wants to “win”.

    When I look at the extreme action by the union, it bids me to question what truly is the motive, because as I said, it simply does not make since. However in questioning the gravity of the response, I started to wonder, is the union also playing politics? I truly hope to God that the union is not, if not the workers in Barbados are truly out to sea.

    I love my Island Barbados, I love its people and our level headed approach to solving our problems. I am also a strong believer in democracy and I love the Barbadian 3 term maximum approach “subconscious or not” for any one political party. Let common since prevail ..

  14. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 24, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Skipper you slow lol , Ninja Man is being nominated to take over her post.

  15. Viveean Foster
    Viveean Foster July 24, 2015 at 11:52 am

    you should know by now that this government just cant tell the truth ,or stick to any promises!!!!!! dont act surprise McDOWALL.

  16. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde July 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The man got the whole country in a mess. Don’t be disappointed in no one until you are disappointed in your self. Remember you are on record saying that you listen to bad advice that was given. Wonder what that bad advice was? To bypassed the Minister’s Office and leave Barbados in a stank? Come one guy! Man up and go from there. Stop the tit fuh tat nonsense man. I am tired of this crap already.

    • Gerrit Antrobus
      Gerrit Antrobus July 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Go from where he was duly elected… just like the PM

    • Henderson Yarde
      Henderson Yarde July 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Go from there in terms of finding a solution my friend. Not saying he should leave his elected position.

    • Henderson Yarde
      Henderson Yarde July 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Clearly he admitted he made some mistakes and he took bad advice. He is on record saying so.

  17. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow July 24, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Judging from his physique one would say he is living high off the hog as his sheep bleeping and confused are thrown to the wolves

  18. Panwallie July 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    One of the limiting factors to one’s growth in life is to concern one’s self and be consumed by rumours and criticism whether constructive or not. When one accepts a high profile position lots of responsibility comes with it, and one has got to be strong enough to rise to the challenges. Things like introspection, clarity of thought, level headedness and humility should take a step up from self serving, cockiness and attitudes.
    They talked about God, so who are you? Grow up and get the job done Mc Dowell. Why let the Minister plant roots in your bad vibes you are exhubing? Do you expect her to pat you on the back and loves you?

  19. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar July 24, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Grow the hell up boy

  20. Danny Clarke Colombian
    Danny Clarke Colombian July 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    All d ppl dat blaming d union on d garbage problem don’t live here. I had a garbage collection problem ages now. they honestly have no trucks. wait I now study Trans tech can’t bring in trucks?

  21. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Disappointed? She is the minister elected to narrate and one thing for sure, Byer ain’t saying anything worthy to grap your attention. Most of the time she looks lost.

  22. Kevin July 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    He getting very fat all of a sudden. Following in the steps of the Ministers.

  23. Patricia Julyon
    Patricia Julyon July 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    All uh wunnah dat in a hurry to get rid uh dis guvment , i hope wunnah like wha wunna get wen it come. wunnah tink sumbodee out dey got a magic wand dat duh gine wave fuh correction, chek agen.

  24. Alex Alleyne July 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Kevin its no wonder every Tom, Dick and Harry rushing to get a “big pick” .

  25. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry July 24, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    lol, i tell ya as if this is a surprise. is there anything she has done worth noting while being paid as a minister

  26. Ronald Jones
    Ronald Jones July 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Tears. Who chairs the committee of the social partnership. Why call for a meeting of that group to tell you what you had decided on when they met before. This is a travesty. The president is revealing therefore that his understanding of the proposals was clouded. He needs to outline a set of proposals and send them to the Minister. She can then seek to mediate to bring the parties closer together so a negotiated settlement can be reached. Too many errors have been created in this impasse.

    The president did indicate quite early that his position would remain the same discussion or no discussion. What a lovely way to arrive at an agreement.

    The very rapid politicizing of the industrial relations process has led to the rigidities which now befall the entire social partnership and industrial relations agenda. A union seeks to find an agreement in good faith as a means of ameliorating the burdens on its members.

    No number of excuses can be proffered for the current state of industrial relations. Stop complaining and get back to the negotiation tables. Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux,Keisha Weekes,Lady Jay,Henderson Yarde,Natasha Grant,Tammy Browne

    • Lady Jay
      Lady Jay July 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Look I just don’t know what to say about, with or to him but I think he is feeling worst that kick-em-Jenny due boy just don’t listen

    • Natasha Grant
      Natasha Grant July 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      In all seriousness he like he ain’t sure, what he is to do is pay the people he encouraged to strike.

    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes July 24, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      He is being guided down the wrong path. As Ronald said stop complaining and get back to the negotiation table.

    • Lady Jay
      Lady Jay July 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Ask him how much d workers does pay when d week come for Union dues he can’t tell ya

    • Lady Jay
      Lady Jay July 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      When you really look at d Union Executive you have to ask your self if this was a friends thing cause none of them don’t know sheep from Goat

    • Natasha Grant
      Natasha Grant July 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Well I guess he thought this was a good way to flex his ‘big muscles’, we can all see how that’s working out for him.

    • Lady Jay
      Lady Jay July 24, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      As my son say they set him up and left him out not even to dry

    • Keisha Weekes
      Keisha Weekes July 24, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      by now I hope that he realize his behavior in this situation is doing him, the organization, the workers and the people of this country no good,

  27. Glenda July 25, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I awake each morning to garbage strewn all in front of my house because the paros and stray dogs are having a field day. We all know that public servants who voluntarily withdraw their labour because of a strike called by their Union are not paid. This is elementary. I too will be withdrawing my subscription to the Union. I will use that money to pay privately to have my garbage removed. Stupseeeeeeeeeee.

  28. Glenda July 25, 2015 at 6:16 am

    The interest of the people of Barbados is paramount. Not backing anything that will hurt this country in the future.

  29. carson c cadogan July 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

    this needs to be copied and made law in Barbados:

    Just a sample. :”Minister for Trade Unions Nick Boles said:

    People have the right to expect that services on which they and their families rely are not going to be disrupted at short notice by strikes that have the support of only a small proportion of union members.”

  30. Bajan pride July 25, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Natasha just be quiet Union don’t pay people unions is there to protect their numbers.Mc Dowall let the people stand up for there rights. Bajan just like crabs.


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