NUPW leaders have Joseph’s backing

Political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph has charged that the political directorate in Barbados has been engaged in the practice of categorizing unionists as “good unionists”  and “bad unionists”.

Political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph explaining why he has thrown  his support behind the  young leaders of the NUPW.  
Political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph explaining why he has thrown his support behind the young leaders of the NUPW.  

Joseph levelled this charge at the local political directorate last night while addessing the 72nd annual general conference of the National Union of Public Workers at its headquarters
in Dalkeith Road, St Michael.

Joseph, who is head of the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, contended that to the political directorate, “good unionists are the political operatives in trade union clothes who see their role as assisting the Governmentin implementing structural adjustment programmes”.

The outspoken political scientist said: “The good unionists are the ones who believe fervently in the Social Partnership, and strive laboriously to make the Social Partnership work, despite the fact that it may be a cover for legitimizing the disenfranchising of workers.

“The good unionists are the ones who boast at being invited to International Monetary Fund meetings, as if this is an indication of having arrived at a social status never before imagined as possible. The good unionists are the ones who agree that in an economic recession the role of a trade union is to keep wages down and to make the environment as attractive as possible for profit making.”

Joseph went on to say “the good trade unionists” were the ones who did everything in their power to ensure an environment favourable to foreign investment.

At a time when the political directorate is comparing the NUPW’s youthful leadership with that of old trade unionists, like National Hero Sir Frank Walcott, who were seen as responsible,
and not lacking sophistication and going overboard in their eargerness to engage in protest action, Joseph said: “It is a fine and wonderful compliment to the current leadership of the NUPW that in this moment when the call for brave, honest, sincere and genuine pro-worker leadership is at its loudest, that from all indications, you have been categorized, by those who do the categorizing, as bad unionists.”

Expressing further support for the leadership of the NUPW, the political scientist gave the youths the assurance that “history will absolve them”.

From left front, NUPW acting deputy general secretary Delcia Burke, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, NUPW president  Akanni McDowall, Dr Tennyson Joseph and NUPW general secretary  Roslyn Smith listen attentively to last night’s proceedings.
From left front, NUPW acting deputy general secretary Delcia Burke, Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, NUPW president Akanni McDowall, Dr Tennyson Joseph and NUPW general secretary Roslyn Smith listen attentively to last night’s proceedings.

Joseph pointed out that as the narrative of their detractors went, the post-2008 recession required patriotism and loyalty from Barbados’ trade unions.

Arguing that the political leadership was calling for conformity at this juncture of the island’s history, Joseph said: “According to that narrative, there are certain inescapable imperatives of our time, and anyone who does not accept those imperatives is . . . unpatriotic, misguided, ideologically stuck in a past age, immature and reckless.” 

Social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong,  St George South MP Dwight Sutherland and  Opposition Leader Mia Mottley at last night’s conference.
Social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong, St George South MP Dwight Sutherland and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley at last night’s conference.

9 Responses to NUPW leaders have Joseph’s backing

  1. seagul March 19, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I just want to make a statement about a lot of the issues that matters the most to the struggling, electorate poor that don’t get covered at all or should be promoted widespread across this country. An example Agriculture and wealth distribution.
    The same type of components that corrupt our politicians are the same type that corrupt our mainstream media, so it’s really difficult for them to talk about income equality, wealth equality because the advertisers that are funding their shows are the same that want to insure that the same system continues……Let’s focus on the things that matters most before its too late.

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  2. Carson C Cadogan March 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Anyone or any institution opposed to the present Govt. has Tennyson’s backing.

    The Guest list at that function read like a who is who in the Barbados Labour Party and its supporters.

    Anyone ever did any research into who Akanni McDowall is related to?

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  3. Orville lICORISH March 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Sorry Seagul,

    You have got it totally wrong. Politicians and the media are not corrupt and if you ever become an MP, YOU WILL SOON SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT CORRUPT, BUT OTHER PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT YOU ARE.
    It`s just the system and we must all learn to make the best of it. Many of us just don`t know how to do so.

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  4. seagul March 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Most economists would say to you that the rule of law is absolutely an essentially pre-requisite for economic growth. And therefore any discussion around a country trying to attain economic growth and means to put a dent in poverty has got to have rule of law in place. Government must be able to regulate, corruption.Create incentives in the society for people to invest and do the right thing. On these metrics B’dos and several other western countries are facing a lot of vulnerabilities.

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  5. jrsmith March 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    The problem with black politicians and countries and trade unionism , the trade unions have the management but are never in control, they trust the politicians who deceive them and would always sell the unions down th river..

    The major failure in Barbados our politicians have not the drive , have not the brains , have not the political will and strength, to build the (Establishment )= Politically Structured Establishment ) that is so dominant in the countries with white politics/politicians..
    everything in Barbados is so low level. Who are the powerful people in politics in Barbados. The people who controls Barbados is the silent few…these are the people who need not bother with politics..

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    • Carson C Cadogan March 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Then why dont you run for political office and stop running up your mouth?

      None of you jokers have the courage of your convictions. You are too afraid to mount a political platform and face the voting public. All you have is talk, talk, talk, hot air!

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  6. BaJan boy March 20, 2016 at 1:02 am

    @Carson C Cadoogan when intelligence is the order of the day you should remain silent…

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  7. Alex Alleyne March 20, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Unions idea is that all bosses are enemies on the job.

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    • Carson C Cadogan March 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Well said.

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