Shut it down!

Abrahams takes issue with Prime Minister’s remarks

If opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams was involved in trade unionism and had his way, “the whole of Barbados will be shut down all like now”.

Abrahams was speaking on Sunday at a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St George South constituency branch meeting, in specific relation to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s statement that recent trade union agitation on a number of industrial grievances was “noise”.

Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams
Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams

“Well if I was in the union . . . it would not have mattered to me that it was the Customs, it would not have mattered to me that it was the waste haulers, it wouldn’t have mattered if it was NCC (National Conservation Commission),” Abrahams said.

“When he started to attack me and dismiss me and saying it was just noise, I would have just shut this country down because it shows the contempt of the Prime Minister and this Government for the people of Barbados,” the opposition lawmaker added.

Speaking to the media recently on the threat of a national strike by the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), protest action by private waste haulers and a go-slow by Customs workers over their pending absorption into the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), Stuart had remarked:

“As I said on May Day when I addressed the Barbados Workers Union, trade unions are supposed to make noise on behalf of the persons they represent. A trade unionist who sits quiet and gives his constituency the impression that there are no issues to fight from his or her behalf is really no trade unionist at all. So these noises have to be made.”

Stuart also made clear that, at the end of the day, Government intended to proceed with its plan for Customs to be absorbed into the BRA.

Abrahams contended that Stuart should go back to being silent “because every time he opens his mouth, he offends somebody or isolates somebody.”

“How could a Prime Minister of a country think it is his business to make off the cuff, ill-advised remarks about people and industrial action and industrial procedures?” Abrahams asked. “I don’t know if you found it offensive as me, because to reduce the legitimate concerns of those people in Customs who felt that their backs were against the wall … is offensive and contemptuous.”

President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Akanni McDowall also took issue with Stuart’s comment. He said they were disrespectful and called for an apology to “Barbadians for the dismissive statement.”

fernellawedderburn@barbadostoday.bb

23 Responses to Shut it down!

  1. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man June 3, 2015 at 6:22 am

    school shut every day cause of no water so what u saying neysa

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  2. Prince Nicholas
    Prince Nicholas June 3, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Umm CXC will still have exams as they are a regional body not govt

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  3. Patrick Blackman June 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

    ANOTHER PANDERING FOOL…. Jesus man, where do we get these morons from?

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  4. Tony Webster June 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Our unions -some more blatantly than others- have long sold-out to either the government of the day ( who can pull their guarantee of the mortgage over one union’s headquarters) , or others very friendly and disposed to a given political party.
    Any..or all unions…who sincerely have their members’ interests foremost, should break all such ties, and stand tall. And Proud. And fulfill their duty and function. Their leaders will also gain self-respect, as well as sleeping much better at night.
    Q.E.D.

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  5. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole June 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I agree 100% #Shutitdown

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  6. jrsmith June 3, 2015 at 10:21 am

    @ Patrick, hail you beat me to it. the man is an idiot, he is the one , stop trying to shame bajans with the rum shop attitude.
    Bajans please be reminded, what ever happens he is a politician ,his pay is secure.
    He is so out of order, mia should reprimand him. but that’s the level we are at with these politicians, just a bad behave lot, look back at the record for the past 15 months.

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  7. jrsmith June 3, 2015 at 10:46 am

    @ ,Tony Webster, adding further , we must seek an answer from our trade unions, what ,was done and has happen to working in the interest of they members.
    Where we are at the moment , watching and waiting on the unions, having the same type of management as the government , no one knowing which foot to step of on but realizing every dispute is on a war footing.

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  8. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne June 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Why do Senator W.A wanna shut down BIM???? Are you in your right MIND Senator? That wouldn’t help with any problem.Don’t play with the Barbadians People.

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  9. Patrick Blackman June 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

    @jrsmith: Hail as well, this guy just left me with my mouth open on reading this crap. I guess the union is the “new political party”.

    Unions in B’dos are useless, the two main ones couldn’t find a coherent sentence with a flash light between them.

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  10. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man June 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Doria were u live

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  11. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man June 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Doria it will help a lot

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  12. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase June 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    If this can read he would understand what the prime minister said in his speech.Is this guy one of the people from the B.L.P. hoping to lead the country look out trouble.

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  13. John Chapman June 3, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    The industrial process is to resolve a problem not make a problem bigger Abraham ent got a clue

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  14. dave June 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Some time ago two men with strange names were brought here to pray over this country. he People have gone stupid as though they are under a spell ever-since then. High Science –I tell yuh.

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  15. Kevin June 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    He could go and sit down. If Frenduel used to behave and speak with the venom of former PM Owen Aurthur he would have more respect.

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  16. villager. June 3, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    AND THESE ARE THE PEOPLE VYING FOR LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTRY NO WONDER WHY YOU ARE KEPT OUT, ARE YOU SERIOUS ABRAMS? SHUT DOWN THE COUNTRY FOR WHAT? YOU AND YOUR LEADER SEEM HELL BENT ON LEADERSHIP AT ANY COST AND THIS DOES NOT SIT WELL WITH THE AVERAGE SENSIBLE BARBADIAN, TAKE YOUR TIME YOU MAY WEAR A LOT OF RED BUT PLEASE DON’T TELL ME YOU ARE TRYING TO A CIRCUS CLOWN, PLEASE THUNK OF COUNTRY FIRST AND STOP TRYING TO STIR UP STRIFE AT EVERY COCKFIGHT.

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  17. jus me June 4, 2015 at 2:56 am

    YES but look at the root cause.
    Thats what instigates ALL our Problems.

    THE PM spat in your face and you a good “likspittal”

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  18. Andrew The Voice June 4, 2015 at 5:10 am

    I find it offensive that this guy, who it seems to me just came from nowhere, would advocate such drastic measures to resolve issues without caring how it would affect the residents of barbados, so how is his suggested action any different from the current party? just asking!

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  19. David June 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    shut down the country ? and this man want to be elected to Parliament , this would not be good for this country , it would pay well for him to do less talking and more thinking first

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  20. Dale Worrell June 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Senator Abraham it’s better for some people to remain silent and let others think they’re stupid than to open your mout and remove all doubts

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