Private sector playing both sides, warns Sir Roy

Former General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman has accused the private sector of “playing both sides” in the ongoing dispute between Government and the island’s two main trade unions.

While stating that he felt there was no malice on either the Government or the trade unions’ part, Sir Roy said the private sector had chosen to support either party only when it benefited them.

His comments have come following several disputes in recent times between Government, the National Union of Public Workers and the Barbados Workers Union.

Sir Roy Trotman, general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union.
Sir Roy Trotman

“In what has been happening recently, I would not say that the problem that there is comes from malice on either side of any of the protagonists . . . but I am wondering the extent to which those of us who are looking on are recognizing that there are other interests in this particular period of protests that nobody seems to be thinking about very much,” he said.

“In this country, a private sector has now presented itself as being the supporter of, the guardian of, a position of a trade union movement, when in fact, that same private sector has told the Government of Barbados, ‘We don’t want to talk about trade union rights, we want to talk only about trade union rights when they serve our purpose. So when you bring Social Partnership before us and when you bring a protocol before us, we don’t want to hear about that, we only want to hear about a piece of legislation’,” Sir Roy explained.

He also argued that the same people who were making claims of being spokespersons for the employers in the private sector, were the same ones who had been disrespecting the Social Partnership for the past four and a half years.

He maintained that the private sector was using both Government and the trade unions for financial gain.

“Nobody is willing to call that spade a spade . . . but [we have] a private sector that believes that now that the trade union has helped to bring them to a position where they are out from under the worst, no longer requires to have a trade union-political party nexus, but want to divide the Government and the trade union movement and divide and rule them so they can maximize their profit levels,” Sir Roy charged.

4 Responses to Private sector playing both sides, warns Sir Roy

  1. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd July 23, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I though you retired . Power is one hell of a drug.

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  2. Alex Alleyne July 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

    After sitting in the chair for so many years , you should know.

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  3. Charles Worrell July 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This comes as no surprise to those of us who have been watching carefully as our country has turned away for its Caribbean brothers and sisters and look almost always to those from other lands.
    They have given away much of Barbados under circumstances that have long suggested much underhandedness. These people have money and they can pay to get what they want to achieve. If you look at some acquisitions by these people, it is clear that some funny business was involved.
    They are now occupying very strategic positions in our country and it is not a stretch to conclude that we are only the citizens of this country but the owners are those of other lands. We are watching also as we become second class people in our own country after the hard fought battles waged by the BARROWS, ADAMS etc.
    We have opened our doors to all and sundry even as similar doors are closed to us. Our land is still not protected for our people and right now, Barbados has been identified as a haven for many form other lands. Sad part is, those in authority and this goes back to the Arthur days as well, do not appear to care what happens to the people of this country as long as they become millionaires. Our property is almost gone; the things we are getting here as imports (food especially) have long been branded as unfit for our consumption but where is the response to this revelation? People coming bout here to open up an energy bus’ even as those closing the deal are reselling to another group; why, you asked? That is where the monies change hands and the deals are made with a few becoming wealthy. That professor came here and told us what is happening, lets see IF WE WILL PAY HEED TO THIS INFORMATION.
    SO YES, SIR ROY KNOWS FULL WELL WHAT IS HAPPENING AS IT IS THE SAME THING THAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN HE WAS THE G.SECRETARY.
    FACT IS, OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN USED AND ABUSED. JUST EXAMINE THE MILLIONAIRES AND FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THEN ASKED: WHERE DID IT COME FROM SO QUICKLY?
    WE are experiencing abuse at a grand scale as certain sectors grease hands in the furtherance of their personal goals.
    Oh how we miss MR. ERROL WALTON BARROW; the likes of REYNOLD WEEKS and others whose hearts were about SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. NOW, POLITICS, MEDICINE AND LAW ARE ABOUT HOW QUICKLY YOU CAN GET RICH.

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  4. Mike July 23, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    We may wake up one of these days and see a regional flag flying on the Parliament building. No more buy bajan.

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