Comissiong calls for heads to roll

BWU and NUPW accused of making of making 'mock sport' with dismissed employees

David Commissiong
David Commissiong

The leader of the Clement Payne Movement is calling for heads to roll at the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) and National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) over the handling of public sector retrenchments.

 President David Comissiong is charging that officials at both trade unions are making “mock sport” with dismissed employees by putting political loyalties ahead of workers.

“My strong advice to the rank and file members of the NUPW and the BWU is to take proactive action to save their trade unions by voting out of office all of those partisan, politically compromised misleaders, who are putting political party loyalties before the interests of the workers,” he suggested in a statement.

The activist is particularly upset about the length of time it took to refer the dispute at the National Conservation Commission (NCC) to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for mediation.

He further contended that the dismissed NCC workers always had the right to take their complaints to the Employment Rights Tribunal, and therefore did not need such a directive to be given at the meeting held on Sunday between the country’s leader and the parties involved in the impasse.

“If all that these so-called trade union leaders wanted to achieve was a referral of the dismissed workers’ complaints to the Employment Rights Tribunal, then there need not have been any of these numerous Press conferences and threats of strikes, nor indeed, any meetings with the Minister of Labour or the Prime Minister,” he argued.

“Furthermore, if this is all that these trade unions can do for dismissed workers, then there is no need for these workers to belong to such trade union or to pay them dues from their hard earned wages.”

“From the very outset, the dismissed NCC workers also had the right to refer their complaints to the Employment Rights Tribunal, and didn’t need any Prime Minister to tell them that. Clearly, what they expected –– and were entitled to expect –– was that their trade unions would have fought to secure a much more immediate and guaranteed remedy for their wrongful dismissals than a simple referral of their complaints to the Employment Rights Tribunal,” Comissiong added.

2 Responses to Comissiong calls for heads to roll

  1. Olutoye Walrond May 28, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I have to say, as a firm believer in trade unionism, that the handling of this issue has been nothing short of scandalous. If the wrong that was committed is so glearing (judging by the Prime Minister’s own admission) what was the reason for all the meetings and growls from toothless union leaders?

  2. dd smith May 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Mr. commission, want people in Barbados, to follow his lead only accept, what he thinks is right for himself.
    Stop living in the past, you and your ideas, is out of date. If you want to do something good for bimshire, try helping our young people to progress economically.

    Why don’t you point out to bajans how stupid and gullible there are , making the world laugh at us paying some guy $300.000 to come and fill they heads with stupidness.
    People are crying out in Barbados with the economic situation, how could they find this kind of money. Take this money and invest the same in business ,factories to help the out of work.
    Do something sensible with the money.
    Bajans are not thinking this man is said to be worth $150 million,now you see where his wealth comes from.
    You all are so good on the bible.
    A verse says ,its easier for a camel to crawl through the eye of a needle, than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. You people just living in cloud cookoo land.


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