Unions are anti-Barbados, Kellman claims

In a comment reminiscent of his “enemies of the state” remarks three months ago, Minister of Housing Denis Kellman Tuesday accused the trade union movement here of being anti-Barbados.

Speaking in Parliament Tuesday morning during debate on the VAT Amendment Bill 2017, Kellman criticized Monday’s march by the leading trade unions and the private sector against the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), saying the organizers were seeking to sink the country into a deep economic hole.

“The unions need to explain to the public of Barbados how they could be out there marching on Barbados, because they did not march on the Government . . . because when they put that argument out there, they are now anti-Barbados, not the Democratic Labour Party,” he said.

Kellman argued that by demanding a rollback of the onerous tax or a coping subsidy for public workers, the unions were encouraging Government to cut revenue and increase expenditure.

This, he said, was economic madness and would put Barbados “in a deeper fiscal problem and we cannot get out of it”, adding if the country continued to increase losses, “it is going to be a judgment time.

“And that is why you find trade unions who should know better by now in these times, would come and tell you that the Government is wrong in introducing a NSRL. In one breath they would say, cut the NSRL because they see it was a deficit and in the other breath they would ask you to increase your expenditure because they do not understand that if you cut your revenue and you increase your expenditure you are increasing your losses,” he contended.

During debate in April on a resolution on Crown Lands (Vesting and Disposal) on London Bourne Towers, Kellman had described opponents of the controversial Hyatt Centric project as “enemies of the State”, in was a clear reference to legal action taken by attorney-at-law David Comissiong against the construction of the multi-million dollar hotel.

“I find it very shortsighted of some people who cannot appreciate that any development that comes close to London Bourne Towers or Nelson Street or so on, can only be a positive and not a negative.

“And anybody who stands in the way should be seen as an enemy not only of the State, but must be seen as an enemy to the people who are also living in the London Bourne Towers, because they are depriving them of an opportunity of having a job, of being able to provide a service to service the debt, or service the liability that they have with the NHC [National Housing Corporation] at some point in time,” Kellman had told the Lower House.

19 Responses to Unions are anti-Barbados, Kellman claims

  1. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 26, 2017 at 12:53 am

    When the Dems was in charge of the unions everything was good for wonna but now it’s new breed wonna have a problem with the unions to bad…#DLPMUSTGO.

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  2. Lavern Hinds
    Lavern Hinds July 26, 2017 at 1:40 am

    And you’re anti-goat

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  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine July 26, 2017 at 4:04 am

    You should be worried about how the people in St. Lucy, your constituents, are thinking about you. It would appear that many of them are seeing into your nonsense and drawing their own conclusions, finally. You seem to think Kelly that you can restore your 10 percent to your salary and then orchestrate significant taxation on the populace without consequence. So that in the final analysis of things you are not going to lose much in paying your share of the taxes. Barbadians are vexed (is france) with the nonsense that you speak, your boss has spoken and, the arrogancy and disrespect you all are showing them every day.

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  4. jrsmith July 26, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Bajans must be very careful , the (Priminister ) and the government has been stung , by the black silent majority in barbados , plus the white business men together all has given the government a bloody nose …………………………..
    The be careful bit … Bajans just ponder the fate of this said government winning the new elections… what will happen, my first thought ,…………(1) How would the people remove them from office …………….(2) They will ban the unions and make our lives hell, because they dont have the opposition to challenge them in Barbados ,making them not (Accountable) the masses will pay for the march…
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    My number (1) we need something to be in the position to control the politicians in Barbados ……….they are out of order …………They are behaving as like from the bat and ball club , allowing who they choose to play with………..what I am shouting for is an (Act ) from parliament namely so the…………… (ACCOUNTABILITY ACT ) which give the voters who put the (MPs) in office the automatic right to remove them , on a no confidence vote, if they are not working for and in the interest of the people …………… Bajans beware, beware ……………

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  5. jrsmith July 26, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Bajans stop wasting time on people/politicians as like this …… (Mr, Kellman)…he says nothing he does nothing, they are all the same… Our people have the upper hand for a short time use it , safe guard our nation from these politicians……..please……….

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  6. michael parker July 26, 2017 at 5:43 am

    here here, jr smith, these politicians are all tarred with the same brush. as in britain they are only for themselves,lining there own pockets and being oh so smug about it.

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  7. Mark Rosmar July 26, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Wow. He actually branded the tax as ‘ onerous.’

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    • Breadfruit. July 26, 2017 at 7:24 am

      You got dat one right. Most like duh missed it.

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      • Breadfruit. July 26, 2017 at 7:26 am

        correction. dat not him calling it onerous. dat gotta be BT words.

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        • Stefan Cutting July 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm

          Definitely BT’s words. This is Kellman not Stuart.

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  8. Sam Clarke July 26, 2017 at 8:17 am

    There goes little Elmo again. Ambassador flying fish has been a bit too close to the WC for too long.

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  9. Tony Waterman July 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Can someone rid us of this meddlesom “FOOL”, let him go back to Moon Town and run his Shop.

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  10. Carson C Cadogan July 26, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    “WHILE the trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) are partnering to march against Government today, former President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Walter Maloney has raised an issue with the unions going hand in glove with a sector which, he said, has made recommendations to Government to send home public workers.

    Maloney, who was speaking on his radio programme yesterday, said he was reading from a document where the private sector outlined measures including privatisation, which would ultimately lead to lay-offs in the public sector.

    “I don’t think you got to be a rocket scientist to understand once this is implemented; you are talking about displacement for workers in the public service.

    “Now, I ask myself, how I can go hand in glove as a trade union with an association who is advocating that there should be a release of persons from their jobs in the public service.
    “Where is the relationship where you and I are meeting on common ground? I am so sorry… I cannot understand,” he said.
    Maloney questioned whether the BPSA would have marched with the unions to get a salary increase for workers across the country, causing an outcome that would lead to the owners of private-owned businesses also having to raise their employees’ pay.”

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  11. Carson C Cadogan July 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Kellman you are 100% right.

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  12. DE July 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Carson C Cadogan,
    Maloney, who was speaking on his radio programme yesterday, said he was reading from a document where the private sector outlined measures including privatisation, which would ultimately lead to lay-offs in the public sector.

    Who in the public has any proof that he was reading from document, why didn’t he get a slot on national television like he did before and let the public see him reading from the document.

    Maloney is a traitor and now a scape goat. I hope he gets what he is looking for before election time.

    And as for Kellman who claim that the Unions are anti-Barbados, I want him to know that the government is Barbados most successful Undertaker.

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  13. Troy July 26, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Could somebody put a muzzle on this goat.

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  14. Frank White July 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    From the enemy of the state to anti-Barbados, what next?? The masses exercised their right as citizens of this country and that, you are your ministerial colleagues must respect regardless of if you like it or not and besides minister kellman, we the people are the government…

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  15. hcalndre July 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I`m a retiree for some years and still is a member of my local, I find that bajans are very much anti union, hearing them on the call–in programs, hosts included and reading their comments you would think that they`re in management or they are owners and employers but what should I expect from a people that still have that house negro mentality.

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