Gun violence and labour unrest

The island’s four major trade unions and the umbrella Barbados Private Sector Association led a protest march through Bridgetown on Monday that attracted a participation of an estimated 20,000 people, a day after Prime Minister Freundel Stuart finally broke his silence on the request by labour and business for talks on an adjustment to the controversial 400 per cent increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

Barbados Private Sector Association led protest march.

Speaking at a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Christ Church West constituency branch event last Sunday, Stuart said that as far as he was concerned, there was currently no real industrial dispute in Barbados to speak of, while making it clear that no government in the world could be run on
the basis of “undisguised blackmail” —
a reference to business/union stance on the NSRL.

“Barbados is run by a constitution and that constitution establishes something called the rule of law. I want to make it very clear here this evening that there is no industrial dispute going on here in Barbados – not one. The only ‘dispute’ when I checked with the Ministry of Labour on Friday that is engaging their attention, is a breakdown in salary negotiations between the Barbados Workers’ Union and the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and that matter has been referred to the Chief Labour Officer and if it breaks down there, it will be referred to the Minister of Labour and if it breaks down there and the minister feels so inclined, she will refer it to the Prime Minister,” he said.

PM Freundel Stuart

“Apart from that, there is no industrial dispute going on in Barbados between employers and employees,” added Stuart, who earlier had said that Government was committed to paying a wage increase to public officers once it raised the required revenues.

Since then, Stuart has shifted his position and informed the parties involved that an August 18 meeting would now take place one week earlier than the original date for the full social partnership to discuss a number of issues.

However, the rising industrial temperature on the island was overshadowed by this week’s court appearance of three teenagers accused of the murder of Colleen Payne and two alleged accomplices. They were all remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds after appearing at the District “A’ Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

From left, Orlando Martin, Kyle Gill, Darian Thompson, Kishon Thomas and Baggio Boxill.

Seventeen-year-old Baggio McNeil Boxill of 3rd Avenue Spring Garden, Black Rock, St Michael; 18-year-old Kishon Lemar Anderson Thomas of Nicholls Road, Seaview, St James and 19-year-old Orlando Ricardo Martin of 2nd Avenue, Bibby’s Lane, St Michael were not required to plead to the capital offence of murder.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Darian Reuben Thompson of Oldplow Road, Bagatelle, St Thomas was charged with disposal of clothing and 24-year-old Kyle Donicco Gill of Danesbury, Black Rock, St Michael was charged with disposal of a firearm allegedly used in the murder.

Many screenshots of what appeared to be friends of the accused showed them cheering the five young men after news spread of their remand to prison. They uttered statements like “Free my n***a”, “they can’t hold you forever”, “must come ah a road”. This attitude was met with great disappointment from many readers who generally voiced concern about the direction of the island’s youth.

“There is a huge problem with the youth here today. I see photos in the media of these kids and they appear proud of themselves. This is not an isolated case. I’ve seen it for years now. It used to be that you would see all their teenage friends cheering them on as they board the bus to Dodds,” one reader said

Another reader questioned what was happening in Barbadian society. “Why is this happening? This is so hurtful and hard to bear. What can be done to change the direction of destruction that too many of our young men are taking? They are so young, now are only known as murderers, thugs, criminals.”

The female reader expressed concern that Barbadian youth were being neglected. “We can march about money and taxes, but when will we march as a country for LIVES TAKEN and LIVES RUINED? Our priorities in this country are wrong.”

She added: “We have a mushrooming epidemic of young criminals including senseless murders and attacks on citizens. Our children are angry and clearly neglected by home, school, church and everything that should be helping with their socialization. How can we change this destructive and fatal behaviour? I do not want to be afraid.”

One contributor theorized what may be motivating some young people to resort to these types of crimes. “It’s brand names and quick money”. Another said: “I hate it when innocent people are murdered and I hate it when young strong men are involved. Sad indeed. No point in wishing the worse for them because there is none that can satisfy or be sufficient for the death of an innocent person.”

Source: (KB)

13 Responses to Gun violence and labour unrest

  1. jrsmith July 29, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Thats the contempt he treats the black bajan masses with, he dare behave like that to the 1% who control Barbados…..The rude ghettoize way he behave ………………………
    As for the (5) 200 years split evenly …………

    • Mremail July 31, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Freudnel is one of the few leaders I think who is not swayed by race or corporate incentive. As for the 200 hundred years that is not a solution to the problem

  2. Sherlock Holmes. July 29, 2017 at 9:09 am

    jR SMITH i am yet to get a grasp of what you are actually trying to say.

  3. Donild Trimp July 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Good work ACP Griffith and the hard working men and women of RBPF in removing these miscreants from the streets of Barbados.

    All law abiding Barbadians are behind you 100 percent.

    Keep up the good work.

  4. Ernesta Catlyn July 29, 2017 at 9:11 am

    But the readers who express these concerns are typical Barbadians – armchair professionals – sit around and make glowing comments. If the concerns are so great what are they doing to mobilise persons in ‘their little corners’ to get moving, how are they reaching out to young persons within their communities, work places etc. Don’t criticise who march for their cause; get up and march for yours.

  5. Milli Watt July 29, 2017 at 9:24 am

    the lion will lay down with the lamb and have lunch lololol

  6. jm July 29, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This is crazy. Someone told me that Sister Payne simply went to the ATM that night to withdrawal 20.00 to pay for a cab ride home. If this was the case; Then that would be a total of 4.00 for each POS thug.
    Wow sister paynes life was worth 4.00 BDS?I wish she was armed as well. I really prefer to she her walking around alive as oppose to seeing them.

    There article stated that they;(these POS thugs)had a cheering audience of support. In my opinion they too are potential POS thugs that probably need to be targeted by the citizens first.

  7. Bajan July 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

    The sudden outburst of lawlessness is not sudden. These young men are all around the same age. I theorize a shift in societal priorities and values when they were children. I would say within the last 10 or so years. It seems that even the Police ability to detect and prevent violent crimes has been strangely eroded during this period as well. Could it be that this is the result of a society so focused with salvaging an economy that we completely neglected what matters most, the building blocks of society…families and community?

  8. Bajan Overseas July 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The problem with a lot of the young people today is there
    want things to fast.
    In the old days we grow up with the Test Cricket mentality because that was the game we played.But today it is a
    20-20 mentality everything must come quick,these youngsters
    want all the latest gagets not working so the only way to get them is by crime.
    There need to start hanging again.

  9. Plain and simple July 30, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Rbpf please remove these dirt bags off the streets

  10. Belfast July 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Did the Prime Minister not organised a workshop last year, with key players, on the increasing rise in crime and violence? All half -day of it.
    And the Attorney-General in the last ten days or so has assured all Barbadians that Barbados is still a safe place.

  11. Belfast July 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Our police hands have bee tied since a former Attorney -General , issued a statement that it is illegal for the police to stop vehicles on the public highway to carry out random searches. I agree with the Prime Minister, Gund do not fly……they are transported, and snap vehicle road blocks and vehicle check points, are some of the ways in which this gun culture could be brought rapidly under control

  12. John q July 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Belfast, I totally agree. A unit just for that purpose should be formed by RBPF . Here in the states they are known as Crime Suppression Teams, small groups of officers led by a sergeant ;,plain clothes and “unmarked ” police vehicles . I’m sure they would make a difference. ijs


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