Inniss won’t let strike be a distraction

Senior minister Donville Inniss
Minister of Industry Donville Inniss has hit back at the NUPW

Minister of Industry, Donville Inniss, has sent a strong message to the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) that he will not allow threats of industrial action to distract him from running his ministry.

The NUPW has called out its members in a national strike on Monday, over a decision by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) to terminate ten employees over age 60.

The union decided to take industrial action after talks with Inniss broke down last week.

“I have done my utmost best to engage both parties on the matters,” Innis said.

“Obviously the union has clearly indicated that this is much more than about the BIDC. It certainly cannot be about the BIDC any longer because the BIDC has conformed with the laws of Barbados. And therefore if the unions quite regrettably wish to take industrial action, then all I can say is that it is regrettable.”

Inniss told reporters that matters pertinent to international business cannot be put on the back burner because of threats of industrial action.

“My task is to get up and get out here and there and wherever and find jobs for Barbadians; find companies to establish in Barbados.  That is how we earn foreign exchange; that is how we create jobs; that is how we boost our tourism sector.

“Sitting down and spending every waking moment worrying about threats of industrial action however unwarranted it is, is not the way that I can run my ministry.”

Earlier today, Labour Minister Esther Byer said protest action will not solve the issue, and called for further dialogue between both parties.

29 Responses to Inniss won’t let strike be a distraction

  1. Patrick Blackman July 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Great sir, you are right, these unions are out of control.

  2. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man July 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    He is mad

  3. Cumberbatch Sophia
    Cumberbatch Sophia July 4, 2015 at 7:38 pm


  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    The unions are not out of control they never were in control.

  5. Seth St John
    Seth St John July 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Do the people need a government who treats them as second rate citizens? We are not sheep, are we? We have to put up with wages and taxes that are honestly ridiculous, I’m willing to bet that none of us in here truly can exist comfortably on our income… A national strike is not a distraction, it is the CITIZENS standing up and saying we are not satisfied.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Someone need to remove the batteries from the walkie talkies.

  7. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man July 4, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    There need to show these people ya smh dissing the Unions big

  8. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 4, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t think that the people of Barbados expected, this type of uncaring attitudes from you the Democratic labour party at all.

  9. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 4, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    They have a guaranteed pension for life at 50, so they don’t give two green bananas about you.

  10. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera July 4, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Politicians voted themselves a raise and revision of Salaries since 2008 (while the avg Civil Servant is still on the 09/10 salary scale) ….this strike is at least 5 yrs late and for the wrong reasons…but revolution needs a spark

  11. Aisha Hold
    Aisha Hold July 4, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    About dammm timeeeeeeee

  12. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm
  13. Depablo July 4, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    We got what we voted for. Innis, Stuart, Sinckler, Lowe and the other members don’t care about the ordinary man. He talking about finding jobs for Barbarians while chasing home Barbarians. Shameful Innis. Shameful!!

  14. Depablo July 4, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Barbadians* not Barbarians. Even though DEM treating us like Barbarians

  15. Angel Thomas
    Angel Thomas July 4, 2015 at 11:44 pm
  16. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole July 4, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Supadancer Trev It is condescending stupidity. No one knows what the outcome will be regarding the strike. The island is in the midst of turmoil. He is in denial.

  17. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves July 5, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Shut down d whole country!

  18. jrsmith July 5, 2015 at 6:01 am

    This guy is joker, why he cannot make a proper comment , with out , always saying he is being threathen. but, i think he is right, come the next general election, they would be all be gone, only one safe democrat seat exist.

    @, Rawle, M, hail, hail, totally agree with you. unions were never in control, they allow themselves to be sucked in by our fake ass politicans, who only work in the interest of some people and never do anything for the interest of the people.
    Thats why the unions are in trouble, no real history to look back on or platform to start from.

  19. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love July 5, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Bajan people need to stop blaming the Government . Yes they are poor leders but ome Bajans have a poor attitude towards work and change. A friend of mind was complaining another worker got promoted over him and earning more money. He is just too lazy to step up but he blames the boss.I go to a gas station, supermarket, shop and the attitude is disgraceful. Change starts within.

  20. Alex Alleyne July 5, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Unions fed up with the PM and trying to bring down the Country by any cost .

  21. Kevin July 5, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Aint vote for this party but I with Inniss on this one. Striking for 13 that got a full compensation packages, instead of the 3,000 that was sent home with nothing.

  22. villager. July 5, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I don’t care what anyone says this misguided young, immature and giddy headed boy is bent set on creating confusion in this place, and is trying to refute claims that he is not politically motivated, joke, everyone can see through your actions and all of those who are backing you are of the same ilk,this matter is a matter for the courts period and this strike action is purely politically motivated and it will serve no one good.

  23. Patrick Blackman July 5, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Toni Moore, Akanni McDowall and Mary Redman do you expect us to believe that this planned action is in support of your memebers? You are fully aware that this BIDC issue requires a legal opinion (Pensions Act) to be resolved, of what benefit then is your planned action to the resolution of this issue? Should this jejune action proceed on Monday, Monday will be forever remembered as the day trade unionism died in B’dos. Your call for this action exhibits an economy of eruditeness and errant behaviour.

  24. dave July 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Kevin !
    its about 13 now , 13 next time and 13 after that
    What then
    This govt is an epic fail and has done enough to be recalled.
    The DLP barely won elections in 2013, barely and have not done good enough to ensure a 3rd term.

  25. Patrick Blackman July 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    @dave – Referring to the 2004 amendments to the Pensions Act and the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act, which took effect on January 1, 2005, it was argued that the enlargement of the compulsory age of retirement is set out in Section 8 (2) of the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act and Section 13D of the Pensions Act. However, Section 8 (1) of the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act remained unchanged by the Amendment. Additionally, the 2004 amendment superseded an option which might have been exercised by public officers under the Pensions Act. It should be noted that options relating to retirement are governed under Sections 8 and 13A of the Pensions Act for public officers and under Section 10 of the Statutory Board Pensions Act for officers of the BIDC (a statutory board). The amendments in question related to enlarging the age beyond which an officer will not be allowed to work and references an option which could no longer be exercised by public officers. The amendments did not relate to the power which could be exercised by a statutory board under Section 8 (1).

    The BIDC maintained that it was not governed by the Pensions Act Cap. 25 and only those areas relating specifically to the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act Cap. 384 govern the BIDC’s action.

  26. dave July 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    The BIDC is wrong . Law is administered in a reasonable fashion. You must be reasonable especially where there are so-called grey areas. You must understand the intent of the framers when interpreting law. The ammendments sought to HARMONIZE –Harmony -find out what is meant by Harmony
    The NUPW should win this one -easily !!!

  27. Patrick Blackman July 5, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    @dave – you have no idea about this topic do you?


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