Moore slammed over comments on bus service

One of the island’s leading trade unionists has come under fire from the Transport Board for comments made during the May Day parade on Monday regarding the status of the Government-run bus system.

In condemning Minister of Housing Denis Kellman’s description of people opposed to the controversial Hyatt Centric project as enemies of the state, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore hinted at a sinister plot to privatize the bus system.

“We must know that there seems to be a concerted attempt, a deliberate ploy to run down the fleet of buses at the Transport Board, to make way for a new privatized system to be justified but, ‘shush general secretary, don’t say anything if you are a friend of the state,’” Moore told workers gathered on Browne’s Beach for the parade.

Her comments angered the Transport Board, which responded today with a stinging rebuke of the BWU boss.

While not directly addressing the privatization charge, General Manager Sandra Forde said Moore had been notified in writing of plans to improve availability and maintain the vehicles.

Far from running down the fleet of buses the Board had increased the daily output, Forde said.

“I found Moore’s comments to be an indictment on the ability of the hardworking employees that we have at the Transport Board, particularly the drivers and the quality assurance staff,” Forde said in a paid statement.

“The Board is in talks with the Finance Ministry to buy new buses to assist with the operations. In addition, the Board has advertised publicly for a chief engineer as it works to continue engaging the expertise of responsible and knowledgeable individuals to assist in the maintenance of the more than a decade-old fleet,” the general manager said.

11 Responses to Moore slammed over comments on bus service

  1. sticks and stones May 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    The Union leadership in barbados stinks there modus operandi is all about attracting membership and little concern for the country interest as a whole.
    Toni Moore outburst once again shows a woman that does not understand that political granstanding does not play a positive role in activating her membership demands in negotiations.
    Frank Wallcott was a strong and defiant leader for all the right reasons . Toni Moore strengths lies in political gamemanship for all the wrong reasons .

  2. Eureen Gill May 5, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Tell me.something. How is is that the General Manager of the Transport Board can do quickly respond to the statement made by the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union..but yet it take weeks for her to hold.a meeting with the a BWU officers. Why is it that she’s always postponing planned meetings. Why is it that the Transport Board brought it engines and transmissions from China that are not working. Why don’t the Transport Board General Manager tell the public about the Trinidadians.they brought into Barbados to fix the buses that cannot get the work done. What happened. Toni Moore don’t speak willy nilly.

  3. DCT May 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

    The 7000 people in these unions should not be dictating fiscal policy that will affect the other 273,000 us. They care nothing about government debt, deficits and the threat to the dollar value.

    • hcalndre May 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

      @Mark Adamson; You and this DLP administration would like to see this Union go because its not an operative of the party as the previous reps. Well make it law where the people work for the state as most of their salaries goes to the government now, anyhow. This is the party that told the electorate not to vote for the other party because they`re going to privatize the buses, so is that what they want to do now?

    • hcalndre May 5, 2017 at 11:33 am

      @DCT; Is this government cares about the people or themselves? Who do you truthfully believe they care about?

  4. Mark Adamson May 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

    In Barbados, Trade Unionism and Trade Unions must go!!.

    1) Trade unionism is a very backward, regressive and divisive political philosophy.

    2) Trade unions are very backward, parasitic and exploitative organizations.

    3) The members of Trade Unions do not own the Trade Unions.

    Let us move forward to some aspects of a most desirable Barbados, where:

    1) The philosophy of National Partnerships is a very modernistic, progressive and altrustic philosophy;

    2) National Partnerships are very progressive, productive and developmentalist organizations;

    3) The OWNERS of ALL multimember corporate business entities will be ALL those groups of persons who naturally daily combine their own personal, social, political, academic, intellectual, technical, commercial and professional skills and services via whatever roles they perform in the carrying out of the policies of the business enterprises in which they function;

    4) These PART-OWNERS will each have a legal right to have a say -in the entire organization and management of those enterprises;

    5) These PARTNERS will each have a legal right to all the critical information and data concerning the functioning of the PARTNERSHIP enterprises.

  5. Bajan Fahlife
    Bajan Fahlife May 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Let’s be honest it’s not the transport board that is offended. It is the GM who is also the DLP treasurer who is offended because her party’s underhandedness has been exposed for all who didn’t know. (Most already knew)

  6. Bajan Fahlife
    Bajan Fahlife May 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Also all my friends at the TB already know that the Trini man is to get the engineer job. Political appointees need to stop being political at the tax payers expense.

  7. Milli Watt May 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    anybody know if inches get a pick for he daughter in de BWU. I understand she is a lawyer and it is a full time pick.

  8. Saga Boy May 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Stupid unfounded emotional irresponsible statements. No wonder union membership is dwindling. Unions need to reinvent themselves. They need to operate above board. Sometime last year Caswell Franklyn said the BWU was going to lay off staff. Moore denied this and soon afterwards about 4 employees were made redundant. Can’t believe a word she says.

  9. Saga Boy May 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    @Milli Watt you are very very disrespectful. Please address Sir Roy with his official title. But you are right can you imagine they laid off workers and then hired the Knight’s daughter as their lawyer?


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