Morris has crossed the line, says BSTU

The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) has expressed its “absolute displeasure” with what it calls the recent unfair attack Robert Bobby Morris on the integrity of its President Mary-Anne Redman.

Speaking during his Astor B Watts Lunch-time Lecture on last Friday, Morris, a former Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), said a reported accident in which Redman was involved seemed “a bit contrived”.

But the BSTU has fired back describing the opinion by Morris as distasteful, reckless and insensitive.

“It is public knowledge, supported by medical evidence, that President Redman sustained an unfortunate and painful foot injury, which resulted in torn ligaments within her left foot, while executing the business of the BSTU, during the recent symbolic “Walk for Relief” on Tuesday, July 11, 2017,” the union said in a statement.

“To infer improper motive on the part of our chief trade union representative, and to attempt to cast doubt about the circumstances surrounding comrade Redman’s foot injury, is indeed a bold act of desperation by Morris; a former Deputy General Secretary of the BWU, for whom the BSTU had much respect. This behaviour is beneath a man of his placement in our society.”

The BSTU said it is unfortunate that Morris, a once active Trade Unionist, could so conveniently forget what trade union representation and solidarity is all about, and to speak ill of the BSTU, and its current leader.

Th BSTU says it believes the least Morris could do at this time, is to offer a public apology to Redman and the members of the BSTU, for his unwarranted and irresponsible verbal attack on her professional and personal integrity.

“The BSTU shall maintain its call for a much-deserved public apology from Morris. In fact, it would be meaningful if Morris could seriously reflect on his recent comments, and perhaps question his own understanding of a trade union’s role to fairly and fiercely represent the interests of its membership, without distraction and influence by political affiliation,” the union said.

24 Responses to Morris has crossed the line, says BSTU

  1. Sue Donym July 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Agreed! An apology is definitely in order. Not the language or spirit of diplomacy, Mr Ambassador.

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  2. Cameron Carlisle
    Cameron Carlisle July 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Point taken BSTU. But why waist time with Mr. Morris. We all know where is first loyalty lyes. So keep focus on the business at hand.

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  3. Lorenzo July 23, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Agreed a despicable comment from ex trade union deputy General secretary while weqring his political hat.An apology should have been made already.These dems get carried away at George Street.

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  4. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison July 23, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Please give Bobby Morris a break nuh,
    Poor guy trying to remain relevant after being an ‘also ran’ as a effective trade unionist .
    Keep focus Ms Redman.

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  5. Kevin July 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

    An attack? That’s hardly an attack.

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  6. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar July 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

    you are crossing ithe line too

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  7. Kim A. Jones
    Kim A. Jones July 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I thought…oh well

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  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Wunna entertaining him by responding.

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  9. Huey Newton
    Huey Newton July 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    She cross the line and near brek she foot.

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    • Hunte Omar
      Hunte Omar July 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Correct. When you have the wrong motive you suffer badly.

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  10. Richard Watson
    Richard Watson July 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    The BSTU could hush! When them get Ms Redman to do her job as a teacher then they would have the right to talk

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    • Richard Watson
      Richard Watson July 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      She has been missing in action too long – ask the children at Lodge School & their parents- the BSTU have been covering up this nastiness!

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  11. Judah Bowen
    Judah Bowen July 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    please don’t mine him there is any open in the DLP and he wants it

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  12. Saga Boy July 23, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Ask Mary what has become of the issues related to the Lab Tech at Combermere who was on probation and her son the teachers whose contract came to an end? Ask her when was the last time she taught a c,ass which she is paid to do? Ask her why she does not apologize to the MOE for wasting their time making claims that run counter to the employment rights tribunal?

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  13. Wendy pollard July 23, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    He should apologize for that nasty insinuation. Very disrespectful and slanderous! Shows his ignorance!!

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  14. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 23, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Morris is a old fool—What up uncle ??

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  15. hcalndre July 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Morris is what you call a gadfly.

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  16. Milli Watt July 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    you now know where his loyalties were when he was at the helm……..new management new loyalties now. labour in trouble

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  17. Greengiant July 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

    So I guess only David Comissiong has the right to free expression. Whether any of us agree with what Morris said, he has the freedom of expression that we all expect.

    The long practised comradery within the trade union movement has long been fractured, so members of the BSTU or any other union should not be surprised of members, or former members crossing the lines of support. These are challenging times both politically, and economically. Morris is well aware of the state of play between the union leaders and aspiring leaders, so he will speak as he sees it. Remember he’s a senior member of the party in government, don’t ever expect this party to self destruct again, they have learned.

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  18. Angela Howard-Graham
    Angela Howard-Graham July 24, 2017 at 6:48 am

    You are right Errol show what the five of them look like haha

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  19. Helicopter(8P) July 24, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Each morning you first open your eyes thank God that he did so for you! Ask him to protect and lead you through your day and to give you guidance If you can’t do these simple things at first wake then how can your day be of comfort ? Barbadians need to give this simple act a little thought; especially the working class!

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