Ralph Thorne
Ralph Thorne

Attorney Ralph Thorne has condemned the decision by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to refer the National Conservation Commission dispute to the Employment Rights Tribunal.

He said the prime minister acted “unlawfully” since the decision to send any matter to the tribunal can only be made by workers through their unions.

“Stuart’s intervention [in the NCC dispute] is deceitful, it is cynical, it is intended to fool you…It was a charade…it was legally flawed,” Thorne told a Barbados Labour Party meeting last night at the St Christopher’s Primary School.

He contended that the prime minister could also be called as a witness when the tribunal begins hearings and went on to accuse trade unionists of joining with Government to betray public sector workers.

This government had confined workers’ rights to the death bed, employees rights to a casket, and the trade unions want to be the pall bearer,” he charged.

6 Responses to Unlawful!

  1. Rawle Agard
    Rawle Agard June 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Is a tribunal like a court?////

  2. andrewminaj June 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I tend to agree with Mr. Thorne all of this is written in the act and the unions know this so its only a play being acted out and I think its a disgrace to the people who pay their money every week for representation…….The unions in Bim are helpless in these situations, only God can save us now.

  3. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown June 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    kinda, i was waiting for somebody too make that point. Bajans keep paying the union your money and see what happens thope people taking your money and not dooing nothing

  4. Leroy McClean
    Leroy McClean June 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    It is interesting that one lawyer makes a decision, another thinks it is unlawful and they both believe that they are right. Then a bigger lawyer, called a judge, could tell them that they are both wrong. To say that the law is an ass is an insult to a donkey.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Oh dear.


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