Vote Jones out!

Mere days after the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) called on Minister of Education Ronald Jones to resign, the Barbados Worker’s Union (BWU) today suggested that voters should reject him at the polls based on his refusal to honour the BUT’s request for an urgent meeting.

During her May Day address at Brownes Beach, BWU General Secretary Toni Moore made not so veiled references to Jones’ treatment of the teachers union; the attempt to send home workers at the Barbados Investment Development Corporation (BIDC) that led to a nationwide strike; as well as recent problems at Apes Hill Club and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).

In a fiery presentation, the general secretary condemned the various bodies of management that, she charged, sought to trod on the rights of workers, and with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart sitting directly behind her, launched an attack on Jones for his response to the BUT’s request for a meeting with him to discuss pressing concerns.

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore, delivering a fiery May Day address this evening.

Contending that “elements of the oligarchy remain entrenched in our political system”, Moore said there could be no comfort, “when a minister of Government can declare his aversion and refusal to meet with a union body, if such a demand was made for an audience with him”.

She added, “If you don’t go to the people, if you don’t engage and take the people into your confidence, and then you reject the people when they come to you, you shouldn’t bother trying to serve because the people should be of the mind to reject you at the polls.”

Moore also issued a warning to politicians across the parliamentary divide that such behaviour from elected representatives was unacceptable.

“Newsflash for all those members of Government and the Opposition who share that kind of philosophy, that kind of thinking. A change is gonna come to your thinking, or you better find yourself in some other vocation, because serving the people requires that you engage the people.”

Moving on to other industrial disputes, she reminded the large crowd at the annual event, that the BWU’s mandate and message was Reclaiming, Rebuilding and Redirecting for People’s Development, “not by holding this country to ransom, but by standing up to anyone and everyone who threatens our inheritance”.

She lamented, “Workers are being held to ransom by some who refuse to grant their right to collective bargaining; who would attempt to drive over them on the picket lines as they stand in defence of that right”.

During BWU protests outside Apes Hill Club last December, a vehicle reportedly ploughed through the picket line injuring a protesting worker.

Turning to the BWA where the union led a shut down the sea and air ports just over a month ago in its quest to get management to agree to pay outstanding payments due to workers, Moore claimed, “Workers are being held to ransom by statutory boards and their consultants that claim that they have no money, but find it only when the ante is raised.

“Workers are being held to ransom by these same statutory boards that for nine days refused to talk to workers and their reps until it became apparent that the ships couldn’t dock and planes couldn’t land.”

She revealed that there were attempts by management to break that strike by rewarding strikebreakers, “with gourmet treats, cell phones and gym membership as a ‘thank you’ for breaking the band of unity”.

The General Secretary also had words for those strikebreakers.

“In 2016 we as a people who want change, who desire change, we behave so hungry and hard-up that rather than band together for a better way called truth and justice, we lose through our loyalties to our stomachs, and to a quick fix . . .  . Shame on you!”

Regarding the attempt to send home six BIDC workers, Moore said tyranny and threats do not deter BWU, but inspire.


47 Responses to Vote Jones out!

  1. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria May 2, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I am not saying that Moore did not make some valid points in her address, but I would like the Teachers’ Unions and all the other trade unions in Barbados to stop playing at politics and go back to doing what they are paid to do.
    The problem is that too many of their leaders and representatives in the past, have used the Union as a means to further their political and professional career, and it seems to me that this set is no better. It is not your job as a Union leader to encourage Barbadians to vote out Jones (like they need encouragement, anyhow) or to call for his resignation.

    • George Brathwaite
      George Brathwaite May 2, 2016 at 10:13 pm


    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 3, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Angela Maria, you needed to direct that comment regarding the Union’s purpose and objective to Caswell Franklyn, a Union leader who sits on the Barbadian social media blog Barbados Underground, and demonize the ruling DLP government every opportunity he given to writes his column.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 3, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Angela Maria, you needed to direct that comment regarding the Union’s purpose and objective to Mr. Caswell Franklyn, an Union leader who sits on the Barbadian social media blog Barbados Underground, and demonize the ruling DLP government every opportunity he is given to write his bias column. Mr. Franklyn, is the only one who sits on the Barbados Underground blog with a self- serving agenda, bent on defacing the image and efforts of the ruling DLP government, before he does his job as Union leader and keeps his two cents opinion to himself.

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay May 3, 2016 at 6:46 am

      we know franklyn is another swiper in politics.

    • Ras Unjay
      Ras Unjay May 3, 2016 at 6:48 am

      ah clap fah dat,maria,

    • Arthur Collymore
      Arthur Collymore May 3, 2016 at 9:18 am

      I’m always respectful of your opinions because there are uniquely your own. Any citizen (regardless of the position he/she holds) has every right to state publicly, in any forum, who should be voted in or out of office, based on his/her performance. If she were a priest, public or public sector employee, professional, self-employed or unemployed Barbadian the call would be as relevant as if she were a trade union leader. There is not much good that can be spoken of this MoE as he is charged with formulating policy to guide the country’s youth. Indeed, little can be said of the whole cabinet grouping that can refrain one’s lips from saying “vote DEM out”, a refrain that is chorused across the political divide. Miss Moore, stand by your stance, because i know you meant what you said & said what you meant.

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria May 3, 2016 at 11:16 am

      I never said it was not her RIGHT. I said it wasn’t her JOB. Big difference.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Arthur Collymore, I must say that even though I agree with you on certain points, I must disagree with you on the point regarding a citizen right to express his or her opinion. Vice President Joe Biden for example: is a citizen and a public servant as you well know, but I vivily remember Biden expressing his personal opinion in manner which was defeating to the Obama Administration, and was caution by President Obama regarding his opinion. So my point is this, when you’re in a position of influence, or authority, you ought to be circumspect with regards to how you employ your opinion. Curt Schilling just got fired from the ESPN over an Anti-Transgender post, so consequences can be had if you express your opinion in manner that some preceives as politically incorrect.

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria May 3, 2016 at 11:56 am

      she has the right, yes…but it is still not the role she has been assigned. Was she at a political rally speaking as an average citizen concerned about the lack of competency the Minister is showing? No she wasn’t.
      If the purpose of the unions is to negotiate in the best interest of your workers. One of the major factors needed for negotiations to occur is an open mind. We have on one end Moore, Redman and Shepherd calling for the minister to retire, and on the other the minister allegedly stonewalling and ignoring any effort being made by them to resolve some of the more serious issues teachers have.
      How can a solution be met with both parties involved behaving in this manner.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      I think she is confused regarding when she ought and ought not to employ her professional and personal opinion in certain matters. And what do you expect when you engage in rhetoric, which affronts the ability of a person to perform his or her job with a level of competency.

  2. Tristan John
    Tristan John May 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    A real political speech.

  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore May 2, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    It is not every day that i agree with the union leadership in this country. Today i do so wholeheartedly. Furthermore, i admire the lady for having the balls to say exactly what had to be said, irrespective of who was in attendance. This is a message, not only for Jones, but for his boss as well who continues to ignore the calls to engage Barbadians. Total disrespect to the trade unions & citizens of this country. I was recently asked if Dennis Lowe was dead. He could as well be. Questions are constantly being asked of Cayhill & not one word can be heard from this minister, an attitude aided & abetted by PM Stuart. If Miss Moore can be criticized today it is for this one thing, that she did not make the call for all of DEM to resign & for all of them to be rejected at the polls. The DLP of today is a party void of respect & is destined for the political abyss. For those of you that are concern a word of reassurance. All of DEM have enough money to last a life-time.

  4. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox May 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    I hate to hear Union officials picking party lines. That is never good for members

  5. BaJan boy May 3, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Angela Maria your comments are iliterate as they come. Well done Ms. Moore thanks for standing up for the less privileged someone has to do it against these tyrants.
    It is good Freundel Stuart was there to get a lesson in decency and could have thought my Ministers are following in my foot steps how embarrassing…

  6. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott May 3, 2016 at 3:10 am

    People need to stop paying these unions and let them find meaningful jobs

  7. The Negrocrat May 3, 2016 at 4:01 am

    The union leaders are free to call it as they see it.

  8. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor May 3, 2016 at 4:53 am

    D union suppose to be impartial…. Woman go and read ya union laws and come back… For once foot in mout Jones right as rain…. Politics is a dirty game….

  9. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne May 3, 2016 at 5:39 am

    And why should people want you to represent them? You all are a bunch of deceitful brats getting on like primary school children

  10. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne May 3, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Go make an appointment with the minister and wait in line wanna is Bullies

  11. Johnathan May 3, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Mark Fenty nobody can deface the image of the DLP government first they didn’t have much and the little they had they did an excellent job in defacing it. They have nothing left other than to leave the political landscape of Barbados permanently and let Barbados start to move again.

  12. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore May 3, 2016 at 5:55 am

    We now see that she has an agenda.

  13. jrsmith May 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Barbados unions suffered decades of political pressure waiting to find someone like Toni Moore.. my only worry that this lady allow herself to follow a certain path which the 1%% ers and certain other people in Barbados expects.. she should always remember not only to management but to never loose control to our politicians….

  14. harry turnover May 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Yard fowls a plenty coming out now.

  15. jrsmith May 3, 2016 at 6:17 am

    The trouble with MR,Jones and many others from this lousy bunch of Democrats, from the rum shop brigade they share no interest in nothing other than the party, that’s why they cant function,… now we see who needs role models …. do they have anyone to rally around, they are all in over they heads, have no idea how to manage (BARBADOS LTD) everything fails..

    This try this ,try that government is standing in the way of progress, get them out and we should start again..

  16. Donna Harewood May 3, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Vote Jones out now that he finally has a clue? The time to vote him out was a while ago not now he is more aware of the problems.

  17. Ejd May 3, 2016 at 6:23 am

    The prime minister implied the same in his address. His speech could be seen as directed at Jones.

  18. BaJan boy May 3, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Freundel would like him to go now before the elections as he is one of the members saying he should not lead them into the elections. They are now fighting for one the members of the fatted calf crew to take over as they still see this DLP government to be David Thompson government with no respect for Fumble.
    They want more of the fatted calf and with the amount they already have if there is more left it would have been a fatted cow.

  19. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay May 3, 2016 at 6:45 am

    de season start,its all bout politics,[ ah tell yah so,but i know different] look woman go and sleep.and stop swiping bout at issues,

  20. Ras Unjay
    Ras Unjay May 3, 2016 at 7:09 am

    ah sheep following ah wolf,ah dead@moore,

  21. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham May 3, 2016 at 7:29 am

    And wanna telling me that what the unions doing a,int political

  22. big Brown May 3, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Wait! When Sir Frank and then Sir Roy were elected DLP MPs and head of the BWU did anyone of those here saying that Toni Moore’s comments are political have anything to say.

    Politics is a part of life and right now life in Barbados is brutal. People losing their jobs, their houses and their dignity.

    As far as I am concerned any true blue Bajan has a RIGHT to comment on the truly shameful performance of the present Government.

  23. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas May 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Why should Jones resign? Jones, look in the law books and see if you cant get all of the fired. Do like the late Reagan did to the traffic controllers: teach or go home. Make them correct SBA and not a cent more, Mr Jones. Stand u to them , Mr Jones. If I do not get back in , and I know I cant, my pension after three terms is guaranteed.

  24. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan May 3, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Why is it that the Barbados Workers Union only pray on the weak, in this case, the Public Service? Is it because the Public Service doesn’t really have any accountability and that the majority of the Union members are from the Public Service and that it is these same public workers that is keeping the Union alive? Why is it that they cannot mess around the Private Sector, is it because the Union is afraid that the owners would shut their businesses down first, rather than acceding to their dumb demands? Lets face it, the Union has out lived its usefulness and is struggling its self for survival.

  25. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 3, 2016 at 10:31 am

    ‘Vote Jones out’ and the rest of DEM.

  26. lester May 3, 2016 at 10:35 am

    ah see she wearing a red shirt

  27. David May 3, 2016 at 10:47 am

    A strong government with a strong leader as well as strong labor laws to protect workers are what Barbados workers need to day.
    Trade Unions have played their part in bringing about positive fundamental changes to Barbados Workers. Some of these changes enhanced the service and conditions many Barbadian workers had to endure. However along the way trade unions have degenerated into nothing but play things for those with political aspirations.
    Herbert Seales one of the founding members of the Barbados Workers Union and the person who traversed rural Barbados encouraging agricultural workers to join the union was discarded and little is known of him.The elite in Sir Grantley Adams and Sir Hugh Springer came to the fore front and the rest is history.

  28. BaJan boy May 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Wayne Cadogan thought you were truly a revolutionist and one who stood the test of social democracy you embarras me with those comments..Then again most Dems are blind to the ignorance and unnecessary suffering of our people under this dumb,cut caring,selfish,ruthless,indifferent administration

  29. dave May 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    The whole Government needs to go

    Jones is tired and feels that it is time for his pension
    He aint got nothing to worry about
    The Government is tired too
    Away with the bad stuff !!

  30. dave May 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Jones getting hammer in the House all now

  31. Sherlock Holmes. May 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Tell me something Toni Moore can i call you at your offices or just by chance walk in to your complex at harmony hall and demand to see you by threats and bullying?Lets say i am a worker represented by you and your union and i had a problem with my employers whereby i believed that i was being treated unfairly should i demand to see you because you represent me?Or is there a process whereby i should speak to my shop steward first and start the process there, is this the protocol of your union?If this is not the case can i therefore demand to see regardless of how busy you maybe? Would this be the respectful thing of me to do?Or would i be showing disrespect and disregard for your position and authority?If any of the aforementioned is incorrect please enlighten us the public,i am of the opinion that you made a fundamental error in the way you spoke on the issue at hand during your big day,you were totally bias in more ways than one, for certain you have now declared your political biases and leanings which is some what not in keeping with the tenets of fair play and i do not care anything about who from the union belonged to which party before, in publicly castigating the Minister you have also sent a message that your position is the same as the unions in respect of the matter involving the school child,as i see no reason for the stance adopted against the Minister the only thing he said was a story has two sides and from the time it was perceived that the public was supporting him on that particular matter all hell broke loose, i found your call to vote out a Minister because he wants to be guided by the law and prefer not to be bullied by unwarranted threats to be nothing short of folly you have not only put your foot in your mouth as was said by someone in this forum but you have done so up to your waist,there is a need to be reasonable and rational because the way you unions are behaving it seems that there will be no peace,it is time to stop the bullying and let common and respect prevail.

    • Coralita May 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Sherlock, well said. I could not have said it better myself!!!

      I was shocked at the brass, classless utterances. You would think that these unions head talking to little people demanding that they do what they want, when they want!!!

      Well dog my cat!!!

      Anyone notice how quiet Akanni McDowell is?

  32. Sherlock Holmes. May 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Correction …..should read and let common sense prevail.

  33. Sherlock Holmes. May 3, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Coralita to be honest i am not at all impressed with Toni Moore she just does not sound the part,even in trying to be a forceful bully she is as poor as………


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