Stuart vows to protect country’s interest

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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has made it clear he will protect the interests of the people of Barbados

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today reiterated plans to take action if Barbados is hit by prolonged industrial action.

Speaking to Democratic Labour Party faithful at a fundraising luncheon for the Christ Church West branch, Stuart did not specify the nature of the action as he did just a week ago, when he threatened to invoke Section 48 of the Constitution of Barbados.

However, he made references to the Public Order Act, before repeating his determination to do something if necessary.

“The Government is watching this situation very closely and I want to assure all of you here today, and all of the persons who will hear what I have said here, that the Government is not going to be afraid to act to protect the best interests of Barbados,” he said.

“I do not hurl threats, I do not get into infertile crosstalk with people,” Stuart added.

His comments have come at a time when both the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and Customs workers have taken action against what they deem unfair treatment.

The NUPW has been embroiled in a dispute with the Barbados Investment Development Corporation (BIDC) for sending home 13 workers, 10 of whom received termination letters because they were over the age of 60, while Customs workers are protesting a move over to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) unless they are appointed.

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A section of the DLP faithfuls who gathered at the luncheon at Almond Caterers today

Stuart cited a number of laws and legal circumstances to support his contention that there was no discrimination shown against the BIDC workers, and that Customs workers do not have a case for demanding automatic appointment to substantive posts.

The Prime Minister, however, insisted that regardless of opinion, the contending sides should first seek to settle the matters by negotiation in the interest of the country.

“If we are going to be functioning in a situation now where last resort is going to be used as first resort, where negotiation is going to be shunted aside, if the virtue of sitting down and talking through problems is going to be a thing of the past, we could be preparing ourselves for sustained instability in Barbados – unless something is done about it,” Stuart warned.

“And I’m just saying that I would ask all those persons who have lost sight of the centrality of the national interest in all of this, to try and get back to those principles and understand that in trade unionism, in industrial relations, there is give and take.”

He said such principles were the guide of legendary Barbadian trade union leaders Sir Frank Walcott, Joseph Goddard, Sir Roy Trotman, Dennis Clarke, and John Cumberbatch.

“Let us get back to where we were. It is easy to destroy traditions, but it is much more difficult to get them rebuilt . . . those interests [of Barbados] are too important to be left to the whim and caprice of this or that person in the society.

“We’ve fought too long and too hard over the last 49 years of independence to see all of those gains whittled away by reckless behaviour,” the Prime Minister insisted.

36 Responses to Stuart vows to protect country’s interest

  1. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis July 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    The onliest protection that the good people of Barbados wants is from DEM who are meking we poorer and poorer every single day

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  2. Sixty year old worker wid a vote July 19, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Make more noise Stuart, enjoy your last days as P.M, you are taking the DLP back to time they had 2 seats, You are making Sandy look so good now, Sandy can’t be the worst P.M anymore thanks to you.

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  3. Louise King
    Louise King July 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    wrong words– de best protection for Barbados is to prevent industrial strike– ur words if barbados is hit—only way is if U apply–for a strike

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  4. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John July 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This I would have to witness! Is the vow till death do we part?

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  5. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith July 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Looking at that picture it seems one of his supporters has his head in his hand hmmm

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  6. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 19, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    if he truly cared about Bajans He would call for election and apologize for all the Lies and corruption his party is responsible for

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    • Mervin Errol
      Mervin Errol July 19, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      Stop harping on calling an election which is constitutionally due in 2018. You are behaving as if you believe that you will not win in 2018 and want a similar situation to occur that brought in Mr Arthur. There will be no no-confidence vote,

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    • Philip Matthews
      Philip Matthews July 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      they can’t lie their way back into power next time

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    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix July 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Philip Matthews yes they can,bajans memory so short and fickle, just give away those houses in Dalkeith before elections and hire a few people to work a couple of months before elections and they’ll win again smh

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  7. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt July 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Does he realised that things can hardly get any worse? Unless he turns us into a republic and makes himself president for life. He’s the worst and most disliked pm ever!

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  8. Bajan boy July 19, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    It is really unfortunate that he never cited so much law when he was practicing attorney and win cases for the clients who cases were delayed for years on end. Barbadians are backing the Unions in this unfair decision and if they don’t he and his friends who have already kicked down the bucket of milk from UWI will send home everyone in Bim at 60 while them and their friends continue to enjoy the FATTED CALF even at 70 and over.
    This arrogant,condescending,autocratic attitude will only help them out of office a little faster.Mr. Stuart no one is neither listening no hearing you and your disrespectful group any longer,we are just waiting for the hour of decision.

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  9. Roger Manning
    Roger Manning July 19, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Okay resign.

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  10. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 19, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    If you really wanted to protect Barbados you would not threaten the workers of this country. If you really wanted to protect Barbados you would fix the Sargassum problem. Hundreds of tourists are cancelling their bookings everyday. There’s garbage all over the place. The place smells awful and there are rats all over the country. It’s reached crisis proportions and yet you do absolutely nothing but spew garbage and hot air. Call out the private haulers and clean your country up. IT STINKS.

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    • Heather Cole
      Heather Cole July 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Take the Zero Waste Challenge. Choose Zero as profile picture, support the movement, get rid of Garbage Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Be zeroed!

      Reply
  11. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post July 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    ?????? This is a joke right?

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  12. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    You allow everything to reach crisis point before taking action. Is there a trend here? Alexandra School; The QEH; The Garbage; The Solid Waste Tax; The Strikes. Crisis after crisis after crisis. Tell the people the truth. Speak to the people and let’s all fix our country’s problems together. Stop grandstanding. Stop bluffing. You’re not on top of anything. It’s crisis after crisis after crisis and all you all do is speak down to the people and threaten to crack skulls. Do the job you begged and begged us for. ACT.

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  13. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    You allow everything to reach crisis point before taking action. Is there a trend here? Alexandra School; The QEH; The Garbage; The Solid Waste Tax; The Strikes. Crisis after crisis after crisis. Tell the people the truth. Speak to the people and let’s all fix our country’s problems together. Stop grandstanding. Stop bluffing. You’re not on top of anything. It’s crisis after crisis after crisis and all you all do is speak down to the people and your minister threatens to crack skulls. Do the job you begged and begged us for. ACT.

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  14. Alex Alleyne July 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    TIME & HISTORY SHALL TELL.

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  15. zeus July 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Can’t wait till the other side gets in….mana wiil fall from heaven ….the sargassum will disappear ….the garbage will also disappear …..growth will return to the economy ….the lady pm will become one of the greatest leaders ever….based on her record as a former education minister and attorney general …..call elections now sir

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  16. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man July 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    lol lol

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  17. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 19, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I am going to say it , I want to lash the DLP with My Vote !!

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  18. Depablo July 19, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    This PM is so sickening. He can never address the Nation and take there confidence in to his bossom but whenever he has is overseas or with his ‘enna’ DLP supporters he does have a lot to say. I am so sick of him and this bunch. Tired of his arrogance and pathetic speeches.

    No one cares what you have to say PM. So do us a favour and do what you do best…..keep quiet.

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  19. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Is he going to the governor general early monday morning to say he resign

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  20. Mervin Errol
    Mervin Errol July 20, 2015 at 12:55 am

    To change laws not gov’t departments

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  21. Mervin Errol
    Mervin Errol July 20, 2015 at 12:57 am

    He did not have Michael to get 2/3 to introduce BRA. Simple majority.

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  22. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 20, 2015 at 1:31 am

    #GarbageCrisis – The Movement of Concerned Citizens is urging all of #Barbados to ACT NOW!

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    • Heather Cole
      Heather Cole July 20, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Take the Zero Waste Challenge. Choose Zero as profile picture, support the movement, get rid of Garbage Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Be zeroed!

      Reply
  23. harry turnover July 20, 2015 at 6:58 am

    “The Government is watching this situation very closely and I want to assure all of you here today, and all of the persons who will hear what I have said here, that the Government is not going to be afraid to act to protect the best interests of Barbados,” he said.

    Mr.PM,the best interests of Barbados RIGHT NOW is for the Government to resign and call elections.Right now things have changed dramatically and it is projected to get worse., for it appears that every time we turn a corner,we are seeing our target in the distance turning another corner.

    If the people right now feel that the DLP is on he right path,and
    that the BLP are a bunch of paling cocks,they will endorse the
    DLP again.

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  24. seagul July 20, 2015 at 7:26 am

    The state of the country is very much like most of the comments here, loose skewed and useless. You all think this is a political problem…This is an economical problem, let’s not fool the youth. This is a colonial choking problem. Who crafted our fate and the land beneath our feet does not belong to our children.
    So, the DLP people will govern as the BLP people govern because Barbados has no integrity standards or laws to deter the corruption of those who govern.Our political system has NO RULES about accountability, transparency, integrity & conflict period. Forget all the political hacks and comments. It is the ability to understand what can be done to fight this colonial economic supremacy.

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  25. jrsmith July 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Change, change , change, oh political change, are bajans prepared and ready for change, i do hope you all think like elephants.
    My take we need a good clean out, we need new blood , we need people , from our grass roots, we need politicians, who are not going to change ,because of they education status. we dont want pompous failers, right now the people of barbados is paying for failures, them and us, divide and rule,

    Bajans, forget the colour of your skin for a moment or two, just reflect on where we were, where we came from, where we all want to go and with whom.

    @,harry, T,O, right on the button,we suppose to be educated, but for simple issues, we are on a war footing, we the people cannot want a new government, with the same old ideas.

    We the people need to be politically proactive, we need to set some serious standards for our politicians always having them on warranty, in our sights, we want our island back , if they fail us again they are done, we need now to have in place a vote of confidence, this will be our weapon.

    so close t

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  26. villager. July 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    As Alex said time will tell some will never learn haste definitely makes waste,GOD is in control,we will see the constant disrespect of the prime minister is now common place in some quarters and by many if this is the custom of those whom you want to follow then we certainly have problems.

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  27. Winston Arthur Trechane July 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    After you have been an absentee Prime Minister for most of your tenure you are now using “strong man talk” to give the impression that you are a stalwart guardian of Barbados’ best interest. Look around you at the same Barbados in all its aspects and without rhetoric tell the people what you see; speak of how the BIDC-NUPW impasse is the result of Barbados being instructed by the IMF to cut back on Government spending, and that this controversy is an attempt to set up a precedent to legitimize large scale procedures to make workers redundant on criteria of age, performance or whatever; explain why the Minister of Finance is so naive to believe (and propagate that belief) that a 2 million dollar loan from the IDB is the right amount to mitigate the economic problems Barbados is facing; give the reasons why most of the government organisms responsible for overseeing social issues are not functioning adequately; enlighten the people of Barbados as to what is your government’s position and reaction to the IMF and the World Bank’s subtle coercive attack on the sovereignty Barbados and its legislation. The list of issues that needs your dedication to harmonize your government’s method of administration to the expectation of the people is extensive.

    You should show some political verve and address the nation via television pool on a monthly schedule.

    Are you aware that there is politics and there is politics, and that what you do as Prime Minister does not embody the ethics and morals to be termed politics of any nature?

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