Expect victimization!

Mottley warns candidates to be wary of Government

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley last night issued a strong word of warning to two Government workers who have just been nominated to represent her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the next general election, whenever it is called.

Speaking at the end of last night’s candidate selection exercise in St Michael North West, which was won by Neil Rowe, a Government-employed social worker, Mottley warned him that he could be made to suffer the same fate as the President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall, who was last week unceremoniously removed from his senior acting post and sent back to his substantive junior post of Environmental Health Assistant 1 in the public service.

“Neil, just like a few others among you who have made great sacrifices to represent the people of this country, . . . you do not know the fate of your job come next month as a public servant,” Mottley cautioned.

She also said she did not take lightly the commitment of Charles Griffith, another Government employed social worker, who was given the nod last Sunday to represent the Opposition in St John.

“Look at Akanni McDowall. He has stood up as President of the NUPW for the people in the NUPW.

“How curious is it that he is now being asked to revert to a position without there being a clear person to be appointed to the position in which he was acting?” the Opposition Leader asked.

Mottley, who is an attorney-at-law, also suggested before the gathering at Ellerslie Secondary School that Government could have a legal case to answer and that McDowall should contest the matter in court.

“If you put that before any jury of 12 across this country people will tell you that he is in that position because he stood up against the Government of Barbados,” she said, arguing that the current administration was the island’s worst intimidator of workers.

“I heard [Minister of Labour Dr] Esther Byer-Suckoo threatening to take employers to court, but the employer who has most intimidated and breached rights in this country in the last three years has been the Government of Barbados,” she charged.

11 Responses to Expect victimization!

  1. Alex Alleyne October 28, 2016 at 6:28 am

    It’s POLITICS, it comes with the territory.

    • Phil October 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Not fair and Just politics alex.

  2. vad50 October 28, 2016 at 6:44 am

    In my opinion Ms Mottley, if you would spend more time working with the government, instead of trying to get yourself elected as the first female Prime Minster of Barbados; it would do more to unite and stabilize the country. You are just like the Republicans (GOP) in the United States. They spent eight years targeting and destroying everything that President Obama put forward. The country is more divided than it ever was. Is that what you really wish for Barbados? You should be the last person to speak about victimization; when that is all you did since this party was elected. My late grandmother would say, “that is, the pot calling the kettle black”.

  3. BaJan boy October 28, 2016 at 7:13 am

    @vad50 yours is one of the most iliterate comments I have seen in this newspaper I mean you have actually surpassed Carson C Cadogan and whn I thought no one could there you have come and surprised the world. Can you tell me how the opposition leader can work with the government? Wasn’t it the same OL who suggested a bipartisan be dry to assist this stupid government to work on helping the economy? Our system of government rarely allows such to happen ans she so quickly and intelligently tried to help these dumbos and what was was the response it should be punished with laughter. Your comment should be treated the same..

  4. Harry October 28, 2016 at 7:18 am

    spot on bajan boy

  5. Sue Donym October 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

    It was always going to come to this.
    Our ‘culture’ in Barbados dictates that once you act in a position, you demand to be installed. I know nothing of Mr McDowall’s abilities or performance, but I do know that I’ve seen this enough times to know that it is the practice of unions to insist that time spent is enough to merit a fight for permanent placement. Although a period is stipulated or projected the battle begins when anyone dares enforce it.
    The argument is almost always one of seniority (as measured by time) rather than performance appraisal standards, recommendations by superiors or even certified qualifications.

    Perhaps irrelevant, but if there is a vacancy, did a seasoned unionist like Mr McDowall NOT apply for the position?

  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 28, 2016 at 8:19 am

    When this woman speaks, everyone must stop what they’re doing and listen because Dems can’t stand a chance at all.

  7. Alex Alleyne October 28, 2016 at 9:14 am


    • Phil October 28, 2016 at 10:56 am

      That’s what you were implying. Alex, That’s what we must expect. Well my friend, I do not indulge in partisan pr polarized politics, It in not on my territory.

  8. jrsmith October 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    What has happen to our Barbados we have step back to the 60’s our politicians have divide Barbados.. That’s why the 1% of the people who owns the wealth in Barbados, don’t mess around with our silly political democracy….

  9. Tony October 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    If the job is considered a management position then he must revert to a non-management position.
    A person cannot served two masters…secondly the collective bargaining agreement should state what is allowed.


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