Not true

Private sector boss dismiss claims of threatened social unrest

Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert has flatly rejected suggestions that the business community had threatened social unrest if Prime Minister Freundel Stuart did not hold talks with the unions and the private sector ahead of a scheduled August 18 meeting of the Social Partnership.

Speaking at a luncheon of the Democratic Labour Party’s Christ Church West Branch at the Almond Bay Hotel Sunday Stuart said he was told “to meet or to schedule a meeting in order to avert social unrest, which is a coded way of saying, ‘if you don’t meet there will be social unrest’”.

However, Herbert told Barbados TODAY nothing could be further from the truth, adding that Monday’s march also had nothing to do with politics or race, as some had suggested.

“That is just so far from the truth. Today speaks for itself. There is no unrest, there is nothing illegal, this is a peaceful standing together,” Herbert said.

Barbadians from all walks of life participated in Monday’s march.

The private sector leader refused to respond to claims that the partnership with the trade unions for the march was a form of “undisguised blackmail”, or that he was being unreasonable.

However, Herbert said the turnout of an estimated 20,000 was a clear indication that people supported the call for more dialogue, which was simply what the private sector has been requesting from the very beginning.

“We will sit back and see who listens, but I think we know now what numbers support . . . what we are saying.

“I am very impressed with all the people from all spheres of life who have showed up today. I think the numbers speak for themselves and I would like to thank everybody who made the effort to come and make a statement and stand with us. This was a day of solidarity and it was peaceful and exactly what we said it would be – a peaceful march for dialogue. Not political and not racial, just a peaceful march of people,” Herbert insisted.

Asked what was next for the private sector following Monday’s march should the Prime Minister still not budge, Herbert would only say “no comment”.

“We have stated our numbers and that is it,” he added.

General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union Toni Moore did not add any clarity to the next steps, stating that they all were exploring “a number of things but . . . it is one step at a time for us.

Members of the private sector, including spokesman Charles Herbert (second from right), marching hand in hand with trade union executives (from left) Toni Moore, Akanni McDowall and Delcia Burke.

“We now have to regroup. We believe that when the people have spoken that there should be a point of reflection and we are still being confident that the Prime Minister, in respect of everything that he would have said yesterday, will take a second look at what he saw today, understanding fully what that means and respond appropriately.  That is really our hope.”

Other private sector participants, including prominent businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams also dismissed suggestions that the coalition of public sector and trade unions had anything to do with race or a move to overthrow the Freundel Stuart administration.

Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams

Williams told Barbados TODAY he and his group of companies took part in the march “simply to ask the Prime Minister to sit with the Social Partners soon”.

Monday’s march was organized by the Barbados Workers’ Union, the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union and the National Union of Public Workers, in association with the BPSA, in an effort to force Government to the negotiation table.

Williams, who said he had received several messages accusing him of “everything” within the last 24-hours leading up to the march, said he had no political agenda. What is more, the businessman said he feared that if Government did not meet the demands of the unions and the private sector for talks the country could shut down.

“They can call it whatever they like, there is no race card in me. I am not here to deal with any race issue. I am here because I love my country and I don’t think you could accuse me of not liking black people or anything so because our company [Williams Group] is 900-strong and 99.8 per cent is probably black and a lot of them are shareholders.

“I am here only because I do not want Barbados to be shut down by industrial action if we can possibly avoid it. Sit down and talk to each other and try to reach some kind of a settlement. I respect the Government and I respect the Prime Minister. The Government is here to make policy, but listen to the people a little bit. You don’t have to give back everything but give them something to hold on to because things hard out there. That is my feeling,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Association Lynette Holder described as propaganda, any suggestion that the march was racially motivated or designed to bring down the Government.

“I have seen small, I have seen medium, white and black because at the end of the day this is a national issue. Those who sought to suggest otherwise are ill informed. The reality is that Barbadians are simply frustrated and fed-up because of the kind of lack of governance that we have had in this country for the last few years. We are accustomed to our leaders engaging us in dialogue, engaging us in consultation relative to the direction of the country.

“Imagine two-thirds of the Social Partnership coming together and saying, ‘we cannot continue in this vein of there not being regular consultation’. Look across other developing states and developed states, on a quarterly basis at minimum you would see heads of the various sectoral interests meeting to discuss and thrash out issues and chart the way forward. That has not been the case here . . . So what we are seeing here really is the demonstration of people who are frustrated because of that lack of consultation. That is all the two groups here are calling for,” Holder said. marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

34 Responses to Not true

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 25, 2017 at 2:24 am

    THANK GOD THE SOCIAL UNREST SOME PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR DIDN’T COME OFF….I UNDERSTAND CERTAIN PEOPLE WERE OUT OF OUR SIGHT, EQUIPT WITH GAS MASK ET.ETC. WERE ON THE ALERT….BUT WE HARD WORKING PEOPLE/ SOME REDUNDANT TOO THAT WERE MARCHING, WEREN’T OUT TO SHOOT PEOPLE OR CRACK HEADS, NEITHER CHOKE & ROB, NOR WISHING FOR BLOOD FLOWING IN THE STREETS…..WE WILL MARCH AGAIN, THE VERY SAME WAY, PEACEFUL…FOR GOD IS LOVE

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 25, 2017 at 4:13 am

    A True Barbadian is known to think before carrying out an act and haven’t got time to do foolishness. We can guarantee anyone had idiot head on to deliberately go out to cause unrest the RBPF would of dealt with the morons swiftly.
    No violence, PEACEFUL March. Very Proud of the Citizens

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  3. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke July 25, 2017 at 5:13 am

    That is just another lie.

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  4. Julian Reifer
    Julian Reifer July 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

    There are 2 marches here, i don`t see none of thew masters with the slaves.

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    • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 6:07 am

      True Julian. There were 2 marches and two agenda’s. During the marches in the USA the same strategies is used to stabilize the brown ones. Oh look we in this with you too. We are bare young banana plants.

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco July 25, 2017 at 6:25 am

      You attended the march?

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      • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 7:11 am

        Lev 26:17 is just for you.
        Please meditate and look up the words and their meaning before replying. And if you think it does not mean this people think again. Education/religion is the problem of the people. And look carefully at the whole set up from the parliament to the GG.

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    • Kearn Williams
      Kearn Williams July 25, 2017 at 7:52 am
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  5. Sheron Inniss July 25, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Proverb 21, v 13

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  6. Sue Holder
    Sue Holder July 25, 2017 at 6:42 am

    The only person talking about social unrest was the PM.

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  7. Sherlock Holmes. July 25, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Maybe an actual posting of the letter/email or whatever it was will help us the citizenry to determine if it is true or not. Until this is done i will have wait to determine who is being truthful about this talk of social unrest.I do not want it held back to a time deemed appropriate like around election time release a copy now.let me see the full transcript.

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  8. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde July 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

    But the man admitted to it in the Sunday Sun now he denying it. But I am going to left it right there

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  9. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams July 25, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Can’t ever remember seeing so much caucasians marching in B’dos in muh life. But after all we backing we ‘brother’

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    • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Kearn – Oh yes, and very few UNDERSTAND you on this blog.

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      • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

        Gen:25:23. Let him that reads WHO HAVE A BRAIN UNDERSTAND.

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        • roger headley July 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

          Oh I understand Kearn very well – she is from St. John

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  10. Randolph July 25, 2017 at 8:58 am

    It Stuart doesn’t listen then shut down the whole country.

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  11. fedup July 25, 2017 at 9:36 am

    “For the chicken that sitteth at the table with the mongoose doth fly away, but the mongoose fast on the feet thee be, doth run away.” (Freundel J Stuart)

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  12. Breadfruit. July 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    “to meet or to schedule a meeting in order to avert social unrest, which is a coded way of saying, ‘if you don’t meet there will be social unrest’”.

    “to meet or to schedule a meeting in order to avert social

    if you don’t meet there will be social unrest’”.

    Does the two sentences have the same meaning?
    I am uneducated please help me.

    Who said it was coded. who made it a threat by introducing the lill word “if”

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  13. jrsmith July 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Hail, to our nation people ,this is teaching the world how to march peacefully……… Lots of certain bajan people was expecting trouble…………………… The Priminster is furious not at the black people , because to them he is not (Accountable) , but he is stung that the white business folk join the march………………….
    @, Kearn , W , hail hail your ( 7.56) right on I wanted to be there marching but couldn’t get anyone to cover for me……………….

    What I want to see before the coming elections a barbados (Act ) of Parliament namely so the ( ACCOUNTABILITY ACT), giving the automatic right , to use the same vote which put the (MPs) in office to remove them, if they are not working for or in the interest of the people as like the lot who is in power……………
    …………………………………….All we do in barbados with our vote is to make sure politicians jobs is secure for a 5 year term, to them they do nothing , lots of them seems not to realize why they have job titles , this must not happen anymore we need the upper hand , we need the politicians to be put in they place ………………………..What scares me if this said government is return to office, what will be the outcome my feelings (Trade unions will be banned in Barbados) as punishment for that march which to the priminister , was a bloody nose…………………. We should now stay on the high ground , challenge the wanting of this (Act )………………………………………………………………

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  14. Carson C Cadogan July 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I believe our Prime Minister Stuart.

    I don’t believe Herbert.

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  15. Helicopter(8P) July 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Well !! Well!! Well!! as Old Mr. Watson would say to Mr. Barrow at Martin’s Bay. “That’s all folks”!

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  16. Glen July 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    To think that Mr. Herbert would wish to create unrest is almost as ludicrous as thinking that Mr. Stuart cares about this country. If you keep doing something that just makes things worse, do you just keep on doing it more and more? There are lots of sensible, educated people trying to offer advice for the good of the country (and by the way, more black than white) but Gov’t just ignoring them.

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  17. Carson C Cadogan July 25, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Herbert should have been charged under the Public Order Act for promising “social unrest” in a letter to our Prime Minister.

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  18. Lorenzo July 25, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Carson C cadogan you should be charged for writing hogwash and for tricking that old woman in 2013,i hope you ain,t planning going back at her this time

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  19. Zeus July 25, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    To think that the white people of this country can do better than the opposition to get bkack people to march against goverment….something wrong

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    • Sherlock Holmes. July 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Do you know the law?

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  20. Lorenzo July 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Zeus all you after hearing the PM with his nonsense on here with all this race talk.the white people do not pay taxes like you or unlike you employ thousands of black barbadians?You all need to think for yourselves.By the way how theBLP get in,they did not organize any march even though some were there as citizens of Barbados.Stop throwing red herrings and get the government to set a date asap for a meeiting.

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  21. Milli Watt July 25, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    today is a funny night got people arrested, shot and beaten 80 years ago he could say that to a sitting PM and lie about it after. while I don’t like this DLP I hate, dispise am repulsed by this set a parasetic low life vermin even more for a business class. All this going do is bring out people who would have stayed home. My mind made up there is no way I allowing this country to slip into the hands a this crowd ‘better the devil you know than the devil you don’t’

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  22. Zeus July 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Lorenzo unless you was sleeping or off the island a daye was set …18 august ..so why the march …..by the way tell me what you expect the outcome to be from tjis meeting

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  23. Zeus July 25, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Lorenzo unless you was sleeping or off the island a daye was set …18 august ..so why the march …..by the way tell me what you expect the outcome to be from this meeting

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  24. Lorenzo July 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    milli Watt how you know Mr Herbert lying have you seen the correspondence sent to one another.The Pm is on record saying not a single public servant will be sent home and university education will remain free,you remember this or you got convenint memory?what happened after ?This is the same PM .My advise don,t jump to conclusions you cannot substantiate as based on your submissions I believe you are a supporter of this government.Zeus the meeting needs to be held like tomorrow,as if this situation escalates there could be serious consequences for the country.

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  25. BaJan boy July 25, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    You find iliterate cu$t& where ever you go and The Sherlock Holmes and Zeus are no exception. Just that they are blind ones..

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  26. Sherlock Holmes. July 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Bajan Girl as usual you and your low IQ self, all you do is come to this forum and use the only language you can comprehend,expletives, the day you write something that can be construed as sensible hell will freeze over. I do not know why you don’t embark on something constructive to employ yourself instead of coming to this forum and being a troll but then again being a troll suits you fine in folklore they are despicable characters.

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