Reid says unions are too quick to strike

Former President of the Police Association Hartley Reid has accused the new leadership of the trade union movement in Barbados of turning industrial relations “on its head” by making strike action the first option in industrial disputes.

Reid made this observation on Friday while delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the headquarters of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) on George Street, St Michael.

“Out went the old guard who understood the importance of the social partnership and in came leaders who are younger and were unaware of the importance of the social,” Reid said while arguing that the new leadership of the trade union movement have not served their apprenticeship.

“The problem has arisen because all of the leadership of the trade union movement have started at the top. We have a young generation who did not spend time to understand the nuances, the workings and how things were done in industrial relations,” Reid added.

He told his audience that the social partnership and the sub-committee of the social partnership were set up in the early 1990s to ensure that the island’s industrial relations climate remain civil.

Reid went on to say that the social partnership is made up of the Government, the trade union movement and the private sector.

Reid charged that under new leadership Barbados now has a situation where the last resort in industrial relations – strike action – is spoken of first.

The retired police officer argued that if there is no communication in a dispute “utter chaos and madness” would ensue, but he said the current situation in Barbados is one where nobody wants to sit and talk through a dispute.

He recalled that the President of the NUPW, Akanni Mc Dowall had given Prime Minister Freundel Stuart an ultimatum of 48 hours, which ended at midnight Thursday night, to repeal the National Social Responsibility Levy failing which he would bring him to “a Christian understanding”.

Reid cautioned the leadership of the NUPW to be careful in their actions because all unions are made up of DLP and Barbados Labour Party members.

Reid, who was a former 1st Vice President of CTUSAB, cautioned workers that unions in Barbados do not have strike funds and employers do not have to pay workers who withdraw their labour.

46 Responses to Reid says unions are too quick to strike

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 15, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    We still waiting………48 hours are up. More Long Talk? Lack courage? Hush up and put up?

  2. concern bajan voter July 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Correct me if i am wrong Mr Reid but last has this government met with the social partnership?
    I was of the opinion that the social partnership was abandoned.

  3. concern bajan voter July 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    When last has this government met with the social partnership?

  4. concern bajan voter July 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Forgot to mentioned that the public sector workers haven’t had a raise in 9 years Mr Reid.
    Are the unions still too quick to strike?
    Every budget since this government came to office in 2008 it was taxes after taxes and taking away what little income people could claim in the form of mortgage interest and so on.
    I would like the same Mr Reid and all the other persons who go to these DLP lunch time getaways as i called them to get out among the ordinary people of this country and see for themselves how these people of Barbados are really suffering.

  5. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles July 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Hartley Reid needs to take his relic backside home and shut to hell up, stop lag this shut down is 5 years late

  6. Saga Boy July 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    @concerned Bajan voter. In case you have not noticed. The whole world suffering. Public servants in many European countries have not had salary increases for more than 9 years. Unemployment in most CARICOM countries are 18 to 25 percent; businesses closing down. Tdad is in the second year of recession and Jamaican continues to slide. Barbados is not isolated from the world. We have junk status with Tdad. Time to work together and stop from listening to people who are only interested in themselves

  7. Davwin July 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Mr Reid, how come all of you are making a beeline for George Street. Why are you all so afraid of the new blood in the Union leadership. Maybe you should tell your pals in the leadership of CTUSAB, that we the workers of Barbados have had enough of them and have made them irrelevant.
    By the way Mr Reid, the utterances of some former trade union leaders at these DLP lectures can only be classified as political. Politics will always be an influence on trade unionism.
    The old guard that you are singing their praises, sat idly by and facilitated the suffering brought upon the workers of this country by this government.

    • hcalndre July 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      They are people in Barbados, especially some that you would expect better from that has the use of a bully pulpit where they let people like the trini/baje spew false information and would not let her know when she is wrong, just like when she was garbling about the Western Union like it is a ‘fly by night operation,” she accused the Guyanese of using WU to send money out of Barbados like bajans don`t do send money to their friends and family much more than any other Caribbean island by the same WU., the study shows the remittance where Barbados is concern is higher than the other islands.

  8. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 15, 2017 at 8:12 pm


  9. concern bajan voter July 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I have been monitoring your comments and have realized that when ever any one post comments against this government you are always defensive.
    We as Barbadians have to stop comparing what is happening in Barbados to other Caribbean countries as well as the world.
    Barbados was on top of our neighbors prior to 2008.
    Despite the recession that this GOB is still blaming for our financial issues some of our neighbors who were well behind are now doing better than us.
    This country has been set back at lease 10 years under this Government and that is a fact.
    And the simple reason for this set back is that we have a bunch of wild boys running this country.
    Despite all the advise from all sectors these idiots never listen.

  10. Saga Boy July 15, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    @Concerned Bajan voter. Give me the names of our neighbors that are doing better than we are? I don’t understand your point about stopping the comparison. Your point about Barbados being on top is meaningless. There was a time also that Jamaica was way above as well. Where are they now. We are not isolated from the world in which we live in. If businesses in owned by Trinidadians in Barbados fail it will impact the Trinidadian economy negatively. Why do you think Barbados is in the current state? One reason has to do with the lost of offshore business. The U.K. with all the economist in the world has not paid public servants an increase in 9 or 10 years. What is your solution?

    • hcalndre July 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      @ CBV; he and the other symphathisers and apologists can`t change the situation, it is what it is.

  11. Joey St
    Joey St July 15, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Mary Redman BSTU boss, Toni Moore BWU boss, Pedro Shepherd BUT boss, why does NUPW have 2 bosses? just asking

    • Sean King
      Sean King July 16, 2017 at 12:42 am

      And what;s the issue if they do

    • Joey St
      Joey St July 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Who is the NUPW boss?

    • Sean King
      Sean King July 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Bro stop looking for frivolous issues …stupse

  12. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba July 15, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Ya seem to Faget it was not so long ago when the union was fast to strike. And fa those who think it is political wunna too faget who was at the helm of the said union and which party was in power.

  13. Saga Boy July 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Ms.Smith is the GS of NUPW but Mr. Akani does not allow her to do her job. He really does not have a role in negotiations but he has imposed himself like no other President. I am sure most people do not know who the President of the BWU is?

    • Coralita July 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Saga Boy, just last Friday I told a group of people that Roslyn Smith can either resign or retire and go home because she does not have a job, she is just a figure head. Akanni McDowald would not allow the woman to do her job. He just wants to be in the spotlight and be seen. He is using the union to push his boyish ego and talking about he speaking on behalf of the workers. If it was true it would make a difference.

      Only ingrunt, blind people cannot see he has an agenda that has nothing to do with the workers. Look move out of the spotlight and let the woman do her job Akanni.

      I did not even know the BWU has a president as I have never heard anyone being mentioned.

      • hcalndre July 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

        @Coralita. do you want Mcdowal to sleep while the workers are taken advantage of. Oh! you want him to do like the PM. Nothing.

  14. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 16, 2017 at 12:15 am


  15. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis July 16, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Was his speech political? He was at a political function at which political operatives are known to speak.

  16. jrsmith July 16, 2017 at 5:12 am

    From afar off these people is gradually come out the wood work speaking from the ,,, democratic headquarters or a pulpit some where to remind the party faithfuls the time to vote is soon here ..
    What game is being played , talk rubbish say things which upset certain people which then give the democratic voters the excuse lots of people is against the party, not the government … the party…then they have the excuse they want to vote the wankers back in office…………this will happen and then we suffer more….
    This is something I heard from this senior citizen from (ST.Thomas Barbados) in London 2 days ago…. a group of bajans were discussing the government and the coming elections …..
    The visitor from ST, Thomas said ….. I gine vote …… fa me party…….I am dems till I die , I en care …. cas me 2 sons send me money every 2 weeks ………………….. Who could top that …..

    • hcalndre July 16, 2017 at 10:55 pm

      jrsmith, can you hold that fella from St. Thomas for a while and let he gather a little common sense, seeing that he have just leave Barbados he is probably amaze at the sight of a train and a double-decker bus.

  17. Breadfruit. July 16, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Waitttttt!!! de unions too fast to strike?

    Wha de unions aint strike yet.

    Remembuh all dem dus do is “mek noise” and “walk to lose wait”

    Unions like de mongoose in d yard – all de yard fowl running and cackling.

    When I read foolish igrunt lying like these dus mek me support

    UP DE TING even moh

  18. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 16, 2017 at 7:36 am

    To hell withReid—

  19. Lorenzo July 16, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Saga Boy a known DLP yardfowl ,why are you always on every blog trying to defend nonsense.After 19 downgrades ,whose fault is it that Barbados is in this state the BLP who left office since 2008.Poor management is the main cause of our downfall and it is time for this Government to accept the blame for this,althogh other factors played a role.

  20. Carl July 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Despite the fact that there may be some truth in Mr. Reid’s statement, the government too must understand that we do not live in a dictatorship. They must realise that they are servants of the people and not their masters. They were elected bythe people to serve the people. They have somehow gotten that twisted and instead they serve for their personal interest and gain. They make decisions which adversely affect the masses and expect us to sit and take it and they do this because Barbadians are very docile people. They MUST understand that the people need to be heard. They send home people, cause others to lose their jobs, increase taxes to replace funds that they squandered, retrieve their pay cut, fail to pay income tax, put conditions in place to reduce what we can claim on and hence reduced future income tax refunds and on top of that some among them are suggesting that Barbadians get more children. The folly has to stop somewhere and ifthey’re too pig headed to listen a stronger method MUST be used to get the message across.

  21. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman July 16, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I listen to Reid pretty little speech and was like, he think all Bajans really have short memories. It was Sir Roy Trotmant of the BWU who lead a march against then PM Sir Lloyd Sandiford. This grandstanding is a bit late in my view, it would have been effective if the next day after the budget was passed if the unions called out their membership to show that they meant business. I got the impression they had to talk to their political masters first before they got the go ahead. I think Barbadians need to show their displeasure at this administration am not sure these group of people are the leaders to do so,

  22. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill July 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    strike way over due. the government is liking that uncertainty towards striking. any other nation would have striked long time and striked for election.

  23. Sheron Inniss July 16, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I did not even have to go to Looney on my FB page to have a good LOL. Mary I luvs your shirt. Mr Reid thanks for the belly laugh.

  24. Saga Boy July 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    So what happens after the strike? Employees go home with less pay; union leaders still got theirs; still driving BMWs and Mercedes; stll going on trips overseas; no new ideas; gov still in power till next elections. The only loosers are the employees.ON the other hand an effective strike may force government to send home thousands of workers.

  25. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Strikes will not change the Government. The NSLR will not be reversed full stop. Yes, they will ruin the economy and who suffers? There is a difference between industrial action against a private employer and the public service employer. After a prolonged stoppage, most of the times the private sector employer feels it in the pocket and gives into the demands of the unions . I can’t remember if that is true in the case of the Royal Shoppe fiasco. On the other hand, Government ( public sector employer) stands their ground and all the unions do, is to inconvenience the citizens. Go ahead and up yuh ting. At the end of the day they will down the ting and Government wouldn’t change de ting (NSRL).

  26. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Bajans are blind blind blind. Can MS. Moore tell us the truth about those 13 BWU workers whom Caswell Franklyn accused the Union of breaching the Employment Rights Act in their separation from the organization? Uncle Caswell , have you apologized to Mrs. Moore and the BWU?. OMG, look at the pot calling the kettle black. Up de ting and read the following article

    BWU bans Barbados Today from delegates’ meeting
    August 31st, 2016

    In an unprecedented move , the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) banned local media house Barbados Today from covering the union’s 75th annual delegates’ conference at Solidarity House last Saturday.

    The two organisations have become embroiled in a dispute over an article the media house carried last week in which Unity Workers Union (UWU) general secretary Caswell Franklyn accused the BWU of breaching the Employment Rights Act by suggesting that 13 employees take voluntary separation packages.

    “It is with some regret that in the past couple days, we have observed a number of pitiful attempts to taint the plans we have for this conference, to taint our moments of intro-flection as a labour family by one media house,” a disgruntled BWU general secretary Toni Moore said during her closing remarks at the opening ceremony.

    And so yes, you may have heard that in Barbados, today, the BWU has sent a signal to that media house that it was not welcome at our opening conference,” she added.

    Moore said that she felt the article was “irresponsible journalism” that was aimed at benefiting from “deceit and sensationalism”.

    According to an editor’s note from that same media house, an email sent by senior assistant general secretary Orlando “Gabby” Scott read: “I have been instructed by the executive council of the Barbados Workers’ Union that your news service will not be welcome to attend the Barbados Workers’ Union’s 75th annual delegates’ conference which will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 and Saturday, September 3, 2016.”

    The online publication maintained it was “satisfied that the BWU was able to fully vent its position” and could “therefore see no just cause for the union’s position”, but Moore took a dim view of Franklyn and the publication’s actions.

    “. . . Attempts cannot be made to undermine another organisation that is set on the same course as that union. All unions, whether you’re the Barbados Workers’ Union, the National Union of Public Workers, the BSTU, the BUT, CTUSAB, all unions should have in mind the same objective,” she said. (AD)

  27. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Comrade Harley, you have been vindicated. These unions are bare boo. Read what Caswell said about the NUPW in the past

    Do you expect Barbadians to have respect for the NUPW leadership when a fellow trade union leader thinks poorly of them? Have another read from Uncle Caswell Franklyn.
    National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).
    The Caswell Franklyn – Poor Representation by Union
    THE FACADE OF A PEACEFUL industrial relations environment at the Grantley Adams International Airport was recently shattered by a three-hour work stoppage that was instituted by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).
    The union is claiming that the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. (GAIA Inc.) owes the workers an increase of 3.5 per cent on their basic pay going back to January 2011.
    GAIA Inc. denies the union’s claim and the matter has now been referred to the Chief Labour Officer. But how did the matter reached this point?
    In October 2010 the NUPW and GAIA Inc. concluded negotiations for the two-year period January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011. The parties settled on a pay increase of four per cent for 2010 and a further increase of 3.5 per cent which should have taken effect on January 1, 2011.
    GAIA Inc. admitted in a full page media statement in the SUNDAY SUN of February 14, 2016 that an agreement was reached for an increase of 7.5 per cent over the two-year period. However, when the board of directors submitted the matter to the Cabinet for final approval, the Government instructed GAIA Inc. that there should be no increase in wages and salary for whatever reason.
    It should be noted that submitting salary increases to the Government for approval is a statutory requirement for the Public Service and statutory boards.
    But GAIA Inc. is a private company that is registered under the Companies Act and there should be no need to submit salary increases to Cabinet. Government is the sole shareholder of GAIA Inc., but that does not make the company a statutory board. In the normal scheme of things, the board of directors of a company is responsible and oversees the operations on behalf of the shareholders. The board does not revert to the shareholders to approve operational decisions of management.
    If I am to rely on the media statement, referral to the Cabinet was the first mistake that set the sequence of unorthodox industrial relations procedures rolling. Thereafter, matters got worse; the NUPW, rather than behave like a trade union, went cap in hand to the Prime Minister.
    From the documents in the public domain, the Prime Minister met with the parties to the agreement on December 28, 2010 and it was agreed that the 3.5 per cent for 2011 would be “taken off the table”.
    Then by letter dated January 4, 2011, the general secretary of NUPW wrote to GAIA Inc. to inform them that the union met with the workers on January 3, and that they “agreed and accepted that there will be no increase for January 2011”. So far not one worker of GAIA Inc can be found that is even aware of the January 3 meeting.
    If there were such an agreement by the workers, that agreement would then have to be referred to the union’s national council for approval. It would therefore have been impossible to summon a meeting of the national council in less than one day. It is, therefore, clear to me that the workers at GAIA Inc. had no role in taking the 3.5 per cent increase off the table. Their anger is understandable but in my view, it is misplaced because they were poorly represented by their union.
    There was a collective agreement for an increase of 7.5 per cent over two years that should have been honoured since it was concluded with persons who had authority to bind GAIA Inc. At this point, many industrial practitioners would be saying that collective agreements are binding in honour only and that the workers had no legal claim to the increase. However in this case they would be wrong.
    While it is true that collective agreements would not normally confer any legal rights on workers, in this case the workers acquired a legally enforceable claim to their new salaries because the employer implemented the agreement by paying back pay on December 28, 2010.
    On the very day that the Prime Minister was meeting with the parties to the agreement, with a view to scuttling the pay increase, GAIA Inc. started to pay its workers under the terms of the new arrangements. There was therefore nothing on the table that could have been taken off.
    GAIA Inc. might assert that it had an agreement with a person who had ostensible authority to bind the union. Mind you, that argument is liable to fail because having implemented the agreement to increase salaries, each and every worker at GAIA Inc. had a new term in their contracts that could not be altered without their individual consent.
    If the company prevails, the workers would still be entitled to their increases from their union because it failed to give its members fair representation.

  28. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Let the BWU respond to this before upping de ting.

    Barbados Workers Union Hauled Before the Employment Rights Tribunal for Unfair Dismissal.
    Written by Caswell Franklyn.

    It is unusual to observe an employee forced to seek remedy against a trade union. Unfortunately for the employee (Christopher Jordan) the Chief Labour Officer was unable to resolve the matter, and as the law requires, he referred the matter to the Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT).

    The inability of the government to operationalize the ERT continues to be an embarrassment for the country. The hundreds of cases outstanding to be given a hearing should be a cause of concern for the CTUSAB and Barbadians at large. How is the minister of labour Esther Byer able to boast of Barbados’ enactment of modern employment rights law if the efficacy of said law continues to be compromised by a dysfunctional ERT?

    A few other pertinent questions: why has Christopher Jordan had to endure the most base of labour practices by the largest trade union in Barbados? Why was the Chief Labour Officer unable to resolve the issue in light of glaring missteps by the Barbados Workers Union? Why has the government who boast of prioritizing the need to build a society above the economy not fast tracked alternative options to ameliorate the state of labour affairs in Barbados?

    The inability of our social safety structure to deliver in the prevailing environment is the true measurement of how effective government’s strategy has been. Where is the justice for the Christopher Jordans who represents the most vulnerable in our society?

  29. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Comrade Harley, is this what you were looking for?

    Still no pension scheme at the Transport Board
    Added by Neville Clarke on August 20, 2014.
    Saved under Local News, Work force

    In the wake of yesterday’s protest by recently displaced workers at the Transport Board, one outspoken trade unionist has taken issue with the quality of representation being given to the workers there by the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), while pointing out that a long promised pension plan is still not in place.

    The General Secretary of the Unity Workers Union (UUW), Caswell Franklyn, is of the view that those workers, who are still attached to the Board, should formally part company with the BWU, on account of poor representation.

    “These workers have been misrepresented by that union for as long as it was representing them.

    I do not know what it is that keeps them tied to the BWU because certainly it could not be the quality of representation offered,” Franklyn told Barbados TODAY.

    He charged that, over the years, the BWU had used the Transport Board Division as “a show of strength” during industrial disputes.

    “The BWU would pull out divisons such the Transport Board and the Port Authority, which are seen as essential services, but they have not done anything for the Transport Board workers,” the outspoken trade unionist claimed.

    Franklyn also took a swipe at some of those employed at the Board, saying “they liked the idea of hobnobbing with the hierarchy of the BWU, and that was good enough for them. They did not need anything more.”

    His comments come in the wake of yesterday’s noisy protest by over a dozen former Transport Board employees, who have been waiting five months for their severance.

    Recalling that a pension scheme was promised by the late Prime Minister David Thompson after the Democratic Labour Party’s 2008 election victory, he said the Transport Board was the only statutory corporation that still does not have a pension plan in place.

    However, Franklyn said he had actually contacted an insurance company to look at a proposal to set up a private pension plan for workers who are currently employed there.

    “I cannot do anything for the people who have already left, other than to tell them how to get their severance pay. I have spoken to the company and what they are trying to do is to have a pension plan for the Transport Board workers who have none,” the UWU leader said.

    He pointed out that Transport Board workers were essentially “blue colour workers” and they were treated as such while the society provided pensions for politicians and other “white colour workers”.

    In the case of local politicians, he noted that in addition to their National Insurance pension, they also get a pension from the House of Assembly, “plus based on [their] earnings [they] can provide for a separate pension plan”. However, he said drivers at the Transport Board, “who have many lives committed in their hands every day”, do not have “any chance of benefiting from early retirement benefits”.

    In the absence of such arrangements, many were forced to continue working long after the age of retirement when in fact “drivers should be allowed to retire at a specific age and not allowed to continue working with chronic diseases.

    “They can endanger the lives of commuters, especially in the hilly districts of the country. These drivers cannot retire because they are only entitled to a National Insurance pension,” he said.

  30. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Caswell, Up de ting man. Words spoken cannot be taken back.

    Transport Board Strike: Conspiracy to Deceive
    Submitted by Caswell Franklyn

    It would appear that Barbados is in a worse crisis that most people can even imagine. Yesterday (May 6, 2015) Bus Operators of the state-owned Transport Board refused to work citing as their reason the hiring of a person with political connections to fill a vacancy that could have been filled by one of the persons who were made redundant.

    The workers are unionised as part of the Barbados Workers’ Union so it was only natural that their union would have sprung to their defence but their response was lukewarm at best. Anyone who listened to the General Secretary on the news would not have gotten the sense of outrage that the workers felt which forced them to withdraw their labour. It seemed as though the union did not want to disclose the real reason behind the strike, as though BWU was protecting someone or something.

    The Barbados Labour Party joined in the fray ostensibly to lend their support to the striking workers, but it was more likely that they wanted to score a few political points. But they too refused to adequately put the real reason for the strike in the public domain. Even though the real reason behind the strike was on the lips of all the assembled workers, neither the BWU, the BLP nor the news media was honest enough to accurately report on the real reason for the strike. It would appear that there was a conspiracy to keep the country in the dark.

    Quite frankly, I can understand why the Barbados Labour Party refused to be honest: firstly, they are politicians and being honest is not something that local politicians find easy; and disclosing the truth might make one of the political class more than a bit uncomfortable as it appears that protecting each other, even across party lines, takes precedence over anything else.

    It is puzzling why the media or the BWU did not reveal the real reason behind the strike, unless they too are politicians, aspiring politicians or controlled by politicians.

    The workers were complaining for all to hear or for all who wanted to hear that the Transport Board hired the niece of the Minister to do work that could have been done by one of the retrenched workers. Why did the media, BWU and BLP omit that very pertinent detail?

    School children who studied hard for five or more years to take CXC exams were inconvenienced, in getting to examination centres, by this strike. Somebody needs to answer for this piece of nastiness; some heads should roll starting with the Minister’s, if for no other reason than this nastiness happened on his watch, and he is required to accept responsibility for the actions of his officers. But before he leaves, he should send the members of the board packing ahead of himself.

  31. Saga Boy July 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    @Joan Worrell. Your reference to the Transport Board strike is interesting only because someone recently told me that the same BWU recently hired the daughter of its adviser and former General Secretary. They also said that the son of a senior employee also works there. And that at one time two other employees were employed at the same time their fathers were employed. If this is not or was not a case of the pot calling the kettle black, then what was it?

  32. joan Worrell July 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    OMG. his hands are in the lion’s mouth. It is now a family business which upping we ting? lol. Look wuh Barbados come to?

  33. BaJan boy July 17, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Hartley Reid is an old police clown who like himself and seem to even love hearing himself. He joins every organization he can just for self elevation and has done to advance the police during his tenure and should therefore shut up…’Uh like muh self’..

  34. jrsmith July 17, 2017 at 4:59 am

    As for the new leaders of the unions , I think they have done fairly well, not allowing themselves to be forcibly drawn into the crap we call politics in barbados ,,, thats why people such as this one would fire salvos at them……. whats lacking the unity and strength thing, from the people……
    The union leaders must always keep in their sights, not to be only managers …………but to be always in control …………….. they must always recognize as well they cannot trust , politicians and lots of they members because they are all party animals come what may……….
    This is a learning period which the unions should recognize , making decisions at this particular time is dangerous , although people are suffering from this government for the past 2 terms in office , they are getting themselves in the mood to vote again for their parties ………………..
    My take the government will still be in office after the up coming elections……… My point ,what real public open protest have bajans made , about the present government , what have the real opposition done to challenge the government , nothing a little shout here and there …. The government done everything wrong and got away with it…………………………………………………….

  35. joan Worrell July 17, 2017 at 7:38 am


    That is a very balanced comment but the new crop of union leaders have too many skeletons in their closets for the short period they have been in office. You would have noticed that I haven’t said anything about the BSTU or BUT because in my opinion, they are social clubs. However MS. Redman has been vocal in the ‘up de ting” . Which ting is she referring to? Is it this thing that follows?

    Redman denies nepotism drove recent BSTU action
    Added by Colville Mounsey on May 16, 2017.
    Saved under Education, Local News

    President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is refuting claims that nepotism played a part in the union’s response to the alleged unfair dismissal of three of its members.

    One of BSTU members at the centre of the dispute is believed to be Redman’s son, giving rise to concerns that teachers may have found themselves in the middle of a personal grudge match between the union and the St Michael School (SMS) board.

    While classes at SMS appeared to have continued normally last Friday, at least three other secondary schools, Combermere, Graydon Sealy Secondary and St George Secondary, were forced to close early as teachers staged industrial action, a day after they had walked off at around 1 p.m. claiming to have had appointments.

    The BSTU was upset over the sacking of an SMS teacher, a principal at the Barbados Learning Centre and a laboratory technician at Combermere, describing their firing as textbook examples of egregious violations of the grievance procedures by the three school boards.

    Redman had said that despite the union’s best efforts to adhere to industrial relations best practices, the three cases, one of which dates back almost eight months, were no closer to being resolved, and industrial action was the only option left.

    Monday morning an adamant Redman refused to confirm or deny the claim that he son was involved, preferring instead to question the relevance of the argument.

    “Let us say that is so, how is it a conflict of interest? As long as the person is a paying member of the union from day one, the person is not supposed to receive representation because they are related to me? I don’t see that is of any relevance,” she said.

    The teachers’ advocate told Barbados TODAY all of her members were fully aware of the detail of all the cases and they had decided to support all three members.

    “All the facts of the case have been made aware to the union members since the first week in September. All the union members are committed to the case because the persons are paying members of the BSTU and are entitled to representation like any other member,” the BSTU president explained, while also arguing that the only question of impropriety which could arise from a relationship with the member in question was one of victimization by the school’s board.

    “In my mind the only considerations from any relationship with the president would be whether or not the person was being victimized because of the president,” Redman said.

    The union has summoned members to an urgent meeting Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

    “Remember, we made a commitment that 2017 will be a year of stepped up action by our union,” Public Relations Officer Carseen Greenidge said in a note to the membership.

  36. joan Worrell July 17, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Here is another case which convinces me that these two unions aren’t ready yet to ”Up de ting””

    The BSTU and BUT are wrong!
    Added by Barbados Today on April 27, 2016.
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    I will make bold to say the trade unions of Barbados do not have a greater friend and supporter than David Comissiong. But, when you’re wrong, you are wrong!

    And, there can be no doubt the leaders of both the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) and the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) are completely wrong in publicly demanding the expulsion of the 14-year-old Ellerslie Secondary student who was involved in a physical altercation with a teacher at her school.

    The leaders of the BSTU and BUT are wrong because, under the Laws Of Barbados, a legal process has been established for dealing with cases in which students of public schools are charged with committing serious breaches of discipline (inclusive of acts that cause injury to a teacher), and that legal process must be permitted to run its course without outside pressure, intimidation and threats being brought to bear on the persons and institutions charged with administering the process and adjudicating the matter.

  37. Helicopter(8P) July 17, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Hartley I believe if some of these guys had spent a little time up on the My Lord’s Hill campus things would be better because fellas like BoBo and the Grinner would have instilled in them to start from the bottom not the top!

  38. joan Worrell July 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

    @Helicopter & Hartley

    I was next door at the Girls , where I believe the two of you started. You remember Mrs. Spencer as principal over there? She would have cut their bottoms till they found out the difference between bottom and top. They are a hopeless bunch. They should be performing in the Stray Cats Calypso Tent.


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