Say you’re sorry, Inniss tells unions

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss wants an apology from the island’s trade unions currently involved in a row with Government over the contentious National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

However, Inniss said the apology should be directed at the membership of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Workers Union and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), which have ordered a go-slow in a bid to force the Freundel Stuart administration to reduce the tax, or offer a coping subsidy.

The minister charged that far from working in the employees’ benefit, the trade unions were “very anti worker [and] perhaps they are the ones that should apologize to their members for some of the things that they have been saying and doing”.

It is a comment that is likely to further antagonize the unions, who are yet to receive a formal response from Stuart to their demands, and who have been expressing a willingness to ‘up de ting’, a reference to stepped up industrial action, unless their demands are met.

Inniss, a former shop steward with the NUPW in the 1990s, repeated the Government’s line that the NSRL, along with the two per cent tax on foreign exchange transactions and increases in the excise duty on petrol announced in the May 30 Budget, were necessary to provide Barbadians with “access to good health care, good education, access to law and order and those things as well.

“I think most well-thinking Barbadians appreciate that the State has to raise taxes,” he said.

However, of the unions, he said: “I have always enjoyed the comradery with the union management and the senior leaders, but that does not mean that I can’t call a spade a spade when I think the union leaders are going astray, and in my mind are not acting in the best interest of the workers.

“Now you march and you get militant because you want Government to remove a levy. But there is still great ambiguity about what it is the unions are proposing as an alternative to the levy because you know that the State has to raise funds to pay the salaries of your members of the union, who are employed in the public service. If the State is now deprived as an income stream to pay your members, then what happens?” Inniss queried.

However, Opposition legislator Gline Clarke has defended the unions’ right to protest, with the Member of Parliament for St George North telling Barbados TODAY the workers’ representatives had to do what was necessary to get their message across.

“If they see that there’s a need for them to ‘up d ting’ as they put it, once it has been cleared with their membership . . . in a free democracy like Barbados, workers have the right to protest in their own way, in a legal manner . . . [for] out of protest change will come,” he said. 

38 Responses to Say you’re sorry, Inniss tells unions

  1. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 18, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    This man is a paling cock, no one is really sure what he stands for…. vote out.

  2. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow July 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    But wasn’t he against these new taxes?? Smh…. The worst kind of politican is one who can’t back up his talk..

    • Leroy July 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

      That means all

  3. Cyprian Greaves
    Cyprian Greaves July 18, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Guess he might be sorry to see 2018!

  4. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    This really is the Silly Season…i thought it was Crop-over Season

  5. Mary Paul
    Mary Paul July 19, 2017 at 12:04 am

    The Unions need to close down the island and show these Politicians that they are just employees

  6. Maureen Annius
    Maureen Annius July 19, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Paling cock murda lololol hahahaha omg pathetic cock lol

  7. hcalndre July 19, 2017 at 12:29 am

    The man is a lizard, he changes his color/position depending where he is.

  8. Sunshine Sunny Shine July 19, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Inniss, you really do not know which side of the boat you want to sit now nah.The more you try to appear straight the more you look bend up and out of shape.

  9. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus July 19, 2017 at 12:54 am

    The hurtful thing is most of these government mps were leaders or held positions of influence in the same unions & are using their knowledge of the inner working to hinder what they once stood for…….none of them can honestly say they wouldn’t do the same things & hold the same stances when they were in the respective unions…..smh…it’s callousness at it’s best

  10. The Negrocrat July 19, 2017 at 1:06 am

    He ain’t no kind of cock, he is more of the cat, pussy variety.

  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 19, 2017 at 2:14 am

    He right to tell wunna so! The Unions just like him incompetent, wasting people time knowing full well they had no intentions of doing anything thing. ALL wunna full of wind, let wind feed thy stomach. God forbid someone invade BIM, one wouldn’t fight to defend one’s freedom.

  12. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch July 19, 2017 at 3:24 am

    These are the Judas of this time but pride comes before a fall people are struggling to survive and he with this behavior smh

  13. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison July 19, 2017 at 3:38 am

    I wonder when this guy who seems to be the mouthpiece of late for this administration will offer an apology to the people of this country for the never ending series of taxing impositions that are breaking our backs.
    Please tell us that Mr Inniss.

  14. Kesi Fields
    Kesi Fields July 19, 2017 at 3:56 am

    No Donville, your party should say you’re sorry for having our lovely island in its current state. Barbados regresses with ever day your party remains in office instead of progressing. #VoteDEMout

  15. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 19, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Any body that vote for this man in the next general elections have to be on idiot.

  16. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch July 19, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Someone please give this man a sword, and let he help debush the country. Stupse.

    • Leroy July 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

      or fall on it

  17. jrsmith July 19, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Politicians in barbados especially in the present government , realize they have no one from the black masses to be accountable to , so they say what they like, do what they like , any time they like………………………………………………….
    What I think bajans should be very worried about , the chance this said government , be back in power after the upcoming elections…………………………………..
    The government was given free reign no real challenge , by the people or opposition party for 2 terms , thats why I can see them winning again , what is needed before the elections soothing to give the people the chance to use the same vote putting these people in office being able to remove them.. Our country is heading for disaster…………………..The politicians have destroyed our country…….allowed by the people…………………….

  18. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith July 19, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Sorry for what

  19. Sheron Inniss July 19, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Thanks for the belly laugh family. U r an Inniss so we may b related. Our views r very different though. If I vote I helping to vote wunnuh out.

  20. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens July 19, 2017 at 6:30 am

    An country without resources the people end up being the resources.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor July 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Smartest comment ever…. Most Bajans do not really understand that no resources means more taxes! We are the resources!

    • Leroy July 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      They focused on services and tourism, they should hv managed argriculture and manufacturing although some consider it not worthwhile.

  21. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore July 19, 2017 at 6:53 am

    The ones feeling sorry are we Barbarians who have had to endure another 5 year term of austerity under your party’s leadership. Furthermore, we’ll continue to be sorrowful as we right the ship of state long after you’ve been booted of office. You & the rest of DEM owe the rest of us an apology for destroying a once prosperous country.

  22. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 19, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Is he for real this gentleman get me real bad dont you see he want the pm job please tell him not to open is mouth now the union must act

  23. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

    All workers public and private are ask to sleep like a prime minister to day .

  24. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor July 19, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Nuisances…. Inniss and d unions….. Before wunna find useful ideas to help d country, wunna continue to pull it down with petty bickering! If d unions were mature enough to come up with a WORKiNG plan to help this economy and their members, then I would have respect for them! As for inniss, he still sleeping!

  25. Randolph July 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    This is the same man who attacked the middle class and who represents a large middle class in his constituency.How in this world can the middle class who are suffering so much ,vote for this joker?

  26. Rosemary P. Leon
    Rosemary P. Leon July 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Mr Inniss is a joker. How can you speak out against the budget in Parliament but still vote for it?

  27. Mack July 19, 2017 at 7:32 am

    This guy Innis is so stupid, He is responsible for a ministry that is not contributing to the improvement of the econamy. Every day he is in the media promoting himself and not doing anything to help with the situation. Talk is all he can contribute.

  28. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray July 19, 2017 at 7:41 am

    The man still he starring in a movie that look blue

  29. Milli Watt July 19, 2017 at 11:04 am

    and you all going trust a trade union that embrace an opposition. labour in this country between the devil and the deep blue sea

  30. Colin King July 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Barbadians really need to check themselves, open their eyes, and accept the FACT, not FAKE NEWS, that Barbados is a country on Planet Earth and not Planet Mars!
    Planet Earth and all of the Systems that make up Planet Earth, both natural and man-made, are in crisis. It is impossible for Barbados to escape the fallout from such a situation. The Piper must be paid.
    Whether we want to accept it or not, some form of austerity medicine must be given to the patient to try and counter this current adverse and difficult worldwide environment.
    Any new administration that takes over after the next elections will have to do the same thing so it would be extremely foolish for Barbadians to believe that all will be “Hunky Dory” once a new administration is put in place.
    There will be, and must be, some form of severe austerity administered, maybe in a different form, but administered nevertheless.
    My problem with this current Government is that all austerity measures that are put in place, must be borne by one and all.
    You cannot have a situation where The Government is asking its citizens to accept and bear certain very harsh and onerous conditions, when the same said Government recently proceeded to purchase a brand new S-Class Mercedes Benz worth $700,000, afforded the members of its administration a 10% restoration of pay, along with the reclamation of back pay!
    This I am afraid is unacceptable!
    Recent comments by certain members of the current administration have also been unacceptable and display the type of insensitivity and arrogance that Bajans do not take to kindly.
    This Government will pay a very heavy price when election time comes around next year for these reasons alone.
    My only hope is that any future administration will see it fit to bear the load along with the people, else their term in office should be short-lived.

  31. Bunn July 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I think most well-thinking Barbadians do not appreciate more taxes upon taxes on their back while DLP party get 10% pay increase and back pay and driving big rides. Go and tell it to the Devil.

  32. Anton July 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Man to man is so unjust, one does not know whom to trust. Barbadians have short memories and are easily manipulated.


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