‘Relieve Minister of Labour of duties’

He may not have been marching alongside the former National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers and other supporters this morning, but the Barbados Labour Party’s Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Security offered moral support and called for the Minister of Labour to be relieved of her duties.

Dwight Sutherland said Senator Dr Esther Byer had failed in several labour matters and should not be allowed to continue to lead the Ministry.

In a statement issued this evening, he charged that “the sordid mess” surrounding the NCC retrenchments and the failure of the Employment Rights Tribunal to convene to hear the workers’ case should have been addressed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s Cabinet, but Dr Byer compounded a bad situation.

Dwight Sutherland
Dwight Sutherland

“The Prime Minster has long admitted that mistakes were made in the process of retrenchment. These were compounded by the Minister of Labour, who was an active participant in the . . . dragging of feet which characterizes this unfortunate matter. It is sad that after trumpeting the Employment Rights Act, the Ministry of Labour, one of the guardians of labour in this country, was one of the first to violate it,” Sutherland charged.

“The current Labour Minister has presided over deferral after deferral of labour matters to the Prime Minster’s office . . . If the Minister of Labour cannot solve issues why are taxpayers paying her? I call this scenario one of ‘Midas touch in reverse’ – instead of turning to gold, everything she touches turns to brass. The Minister of Labour is now the Minister of Undeliverables and the Prime Minister ought to do the decent thing and relieve her from the backs of workers in Barbados.”

Sutherland suggested that referring the matter of the dismissed NCC workers to the Employment Rights Tribunal was “a route to Never Never Land”.

“The Prime Minister and Minister of Labour knew this from day one and performed a public relations sleight of hand that has now been revealed for what it was. The tribunal was, at the time of [members’] resignation, not ready and this still remains the case. Other cases before it were not heard and some eight months later the truth is now being told,” he said.

The Opposition MP, who was in Parliament as the protestors made their way through the streets of The City, said he was happy to see workers and their representative taking action, although saying he felt it was “seven months overdue”.

(PR)

9 Responses to ‘Relieve Minister of Labour of duties’

  1. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series January 14, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Shoulda, woulda, coulda… and still can’t get anything done! If grandma had balls, she’d be grandpa!

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  2. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry January 14, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Public opinion was that the electorate was not happy with her performance in the first term that’s why she wasn’t reelected in the first place but still she was given a ministry and just like before issue after issue kept arising but up to now we haven’t seen one sensible decision by this government to date. This is just one cog in their wheel of incompetence

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  3. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson January 14, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I just said this on another post she should go

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  4. Asiba January 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

    What can I say ???

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  5. Tara Inniss-Gibbs
    Tara Inniss-Gibbs January 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Right now Ministers are merely holding on to their failing portfolios because of the politics. Politics in the best interest of individuals, not for Barbadians.

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  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    ‘The Prime Minister admitted mistakes were made’ it’s the most honest statement made. One HUGE mistake the citizens made voting for him and his clueless Air Bags. Not one of them got Barbados or the citizens interest at heart. Before wanna put paper to pen to vote for anyone make sure their qualifications are genuine and they know how to fulfill their duties when called upon.

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  7. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins January 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    She couldnt even win her seat back but yet still she has a ministry. How stupid is that on the PM part, her incompetence speak for itself. Sack her!

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  8. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry January 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    You have ministers with diarrhea of the mouth, a finance Minister who I’m not even sure if he has any background in finance a labour minister who consistently bring disarray to any ministry she touches a northern minister who just acts silly and does so proudly a commerce minister that loves to speak sternly when he wants a spotlight a rebel who is seriously under utilised and should be swapped with MOF any day and lastly a leader who seems to only pop up for a photo opportunity smiling at a party or with a Hollywood celebrity, and this is the government we chose SMH!! I could have really gone and drink a rum or something that day honestly, well at least they’re skilled in the art of telling lies that must count for something.

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  9. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry January 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    You have ministers with diarrhea of the mouth, a finance Minister who I’m not even sure if he has any background in finance a labour minister who consistently bring disarray to any ministry she touches a northern minister who just acts silly and does so proudly a commerce minister that loves to speak sternly like hes talking to children when he wants a spotlight a rebel who is seriously under utilised and should be swapped with MOF any day and lastly a leader who seems to only pop up for a photo opportunity smiling at a party or with a Hollywood celebrity, and this is the government we chose SMH!! I could have really gone and drink a rum or something that day honestly, well at least they’re skilled in the art of telling lies that must count for something.

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