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Shut down the BDF, says union leader

An outspoken trade union leader is calling for the closure of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF).

Head of the Unity Workers Union (UWU) Caswell Franklyn was reacting to today’s tabling of the Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue in Parliament, which make provision for an increase in Government spending on salaries and wages.

“The truth is, them people like duh want to crack heads and shoot people, so duh putting more money in defence,” said Franklyn, when asked by Barbados TODAY to comment on the projected increase in the public sector wage bill, which does not take into account recent demands by the trade union movement for a pay hike.

“Right now we could better well shut down the Defence Force cause it is a drain on our resources. Give the police more resources, give them a couple better stations and get rid of the damn Defence Force,” Frankly suggested instead, pointing out though he was once a soldier and was “very romantic about it . . . it doesn’t mek sense.

“Right now you have soldiers permanently assigned duties with the [Royal] Barbados Police Force (RBPF); and the Governor General every few months signs an order saying they are out there in aide of the police,” he noted.

Insisting that the army was not needed, Franklyn asked: “Who we gine fight, St Lucia?”

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