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Thompson endures third straight day of questioning

Director of the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) Henderson Thompson today underwent a third straight day of intense cross-examination in the wrongful dismissal case of the BVTB’s marketing and public relations officer.

Having got Thompson to admit on the first day of cross-examination before the Employment Rights Tribunal that the BVTB had breached the law when it fired Jasmine Payne nearly three years ago, attorney-at-law Tricia Watson continued her relentless cross-examination today, this time forcing the Government official to reveal that her client was the only person ever dismissed by the Board for not compiling an annual report.

In fact, Thompson admitted that there was a backlog of reports due dating back to 2005.

During cross examination today, Thompson again told the tribunal chaired by attorney-at-law Omari Drakes, and including Dr Hartley Richards and Frederick Forde, that Payne was terminated because she did not have the qualifications for the post of marketing and public relations officer and that she lacked the necessary interpersonal skills.   

The BVTB Director also repeated the admissions he made last week that he did not write Payne about her conduct leading up to the termination; did not give her a copy of the complaint, not did he meet with her.

Today’s hearing at the Labour Department Conference Room in Warrens, St Michael, began at 2 p.m. and was adjourned around 4:45 p.m. and will continue tomorrow.

3 Responses to Thompson endures third straight day of questioning

  1. Tony Webster August 31, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I vote Tricia Watson for Chief Justice…or Commissioner of Police…or Attorney General…or even to engender a change of gender at head of de Thursduh Throng. Lawd…ah nevah see such a powerhouse wrap-up in such sweetness. Effin I was in in dat witness- box…I would attend court suitably dressed…in pampers!!

    Lunch at “Brown Sugar” today , lady? You know me an’ brown sugar…

  2. Hal Austin August 31, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Do you know what Oscar Wilde said about patriotism? What Barbadians want is good government, not nonsense about patriotism.
    The next step is that to oppose the govt is to be unpatriotic.

  3. Sue Donym August 31, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Don’t fire nuhbody ’cause nuhbody nevuh get fire before – is that it?
    Scream and complain about inefficiency in public agencies and departments, but don’t actually do anything to stop it – got that right?
    Keep the Auditor General busy with reports that say what is wrong, but don’t dare identify who should go.
    As you were!


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