BLP accused of not showing heart on sexual harassment

A Government minister is not convinced the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) really supports the new sexual harassment legislation and has questioned why its leader Mia Mottley did not spearhead debate for the party.

The issue was raised today by Christ Church West Central Member of Parliament Stephen Lashley even though opposition spokesman Dwight Sutherland and later St James North MP Edmund Hinkson said the BLP backed the Freundel Stuart administration on the legislation.

Lashley rejected Sutherland’s suggestion that the BLP had addressed the matter of sexual harassment in its amendments to the Public Sector Act in 2007.

He described as a “myth that the BLP had done what it needed to on the issue of sexual harassment”.

“I would have thought that this was a matter that the Leader of the Opposition would herself have been here to support. Sexual harassment legislation is an important bit of legislation,” Lashley told the House during debate on the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill 2017 in the House.

The MP said he was surprised that a “relatively new” MP was the person chosen to lead the Opposition’s position on the legislation.

Furthermore, Lashley urged Opposition MPs to “recognise that the definition of employer is extremely wide and that the definition of employer also will incorporate Members of Parliament who themselves are employing people”.

“I believe deep down that the BLP is not really supportive of this legislation. I believe that they were literally dragged . . . If they had the chance to enact legislation and never did to protect persons from sexual harassment particularly females, and they never did over the years, the only reason they are doing that now is because the Democratic Labour Party has brought legislation in here to protect persons from sexual harassment. They are timidly walking the line on this matter . . . I am not convinced that they are serious about this,” the Minister of Youth and Culture said.

He added: “There are not many CARICOM countries that have moved in the direction of having sexual harassment legislation and Barbados proudly will be joining about two countries in that regard.

“What is does is provide easy access for persons in the workplace who are faced with sexually suggestive issues that make them feel uncomfortable to find a way to complain about them,” he added. (IMC)

17 Responses to BLP accused of not showing heart on sexual harassment

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose October 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Guns and gangs people that’s were your hearts need to be.

  2. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade October 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Look stop this talk you all are talking now because it election is near
    You all using this to get woman vote but we know what you all are up to it will not work
    Now the people want there tax talk about that

  3. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis October 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

    8-9 yrs and now you pathetics rising. Domestic violence first please

  4. jrsmith October 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Why they bother,they are all at it they all carry the same behaviour and attitude ….

  5. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 21, 2017 at 10:10 am

    We really should not be making a big deal out of the fact that only in 2017 are we putting laws on our books to protect women from sexual harassment.
    I don’t think that is something we want the rest of the world to know.

    • Levi King
      Levi King October 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Big man there are laws for these things already so I don’t see why y’all making all this fuss about nobody ain’t wait till 2017 these laws been there long before just bajan ppl don’t even know the laws of the land .

    • Carson C Cadogan October 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      They are flaws in that legislation which MESA asked to have a look at. They were completely disregarded. That piece of legislation is lop sided it favours women.

  6. Katrina P Lewis
    Katrina P Lewis October 21, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Mr minister whAt is the latest on that case with the school boy who brought his daddy gun clip in combermere

  7. MARIA Holder October 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Every law in the act already somewhere in the laws of Barbados, Wunna trying real hard to look like wunna doing something at the eleventh hour.

    You should not talk – you of all persons who it is clear has no respect for women

  8. Ann Thomas October 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    You all really need to stop with the foolishness, think you fooling people?

    So Mia Mottley was not there, so what? The Barbados Labour Party’s Shadow Minister for Labour did what he was supposed to do and led off the debate for the Opposition. I did not see the Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart pilot the Bill. What is good for the goose is good for the gander, so please stop with the nonsense.

    We are not convinced that you, Mr. Minister and your government, are serious about the legislation either. If you were, it could not have taken nine years to bring, when the majority of the work was already done.

    One has to ask why this piece of legislation had priority over the suite of legislation to deal with crime, that the Attorney General announced would be with the House this month, or the Praedial Larceny Bill that was promised at least seven years ago.

    We all know it was merely about trying to raise the profile of one, who now sits elsewhere. Dream on

  9. archy perch October 21, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    You could imagine if this law existed during the BLPs reign where Gine Clarke would be.
    Well ironically he was not in Parliament during the debate on the Sexual Harassment Bill. Hummmmm !
    Neither was Mia! Hummmmmm
    Kerrie ????
    Oh Sorry wrong Bill. The Domestic Violence one already is law.

  10. Ras October 21, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Yuh mean wuk for wuk, help me and I will help you was not there nor bite muh
    wunna dun know why

    Cock roach ain’t have no right in the hen house

  11. Mark My Word October 21, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Why come out and get expose
    Hope Blood bring out a calypso “Two ah dem running”

  12. d-coolie-man October 22, 2017 at 6:46 am

    sweet-boy Stephen..the masses will not be deregulated by the DLP ‘s campaign of mass-distraction..
    they are RED and FOCUS..
    what sweet-boy Stephen should be relentlessly pursuing is bringing the amount of gun-play into the Christ church west central..
    so far…three yutes are dead in only 30 days.

  13. Tony Webster October 22, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Psssst…Esther Dear…the Sexual Harassment bill/ Act, isn’t going to save this country from fiscal ruin, or misery for our children, as we continue speeding down the are “downgrade” road. There are REAL tigers out there in the world (and the Caribbean) , and the first thing needed is a caring and capable leader who has the vision to re-invent BIM, and who has a sense of urgency, of action, and of seeing and setting priorities. All the rest, will come in due course. Swing and come again, please lady.

  14. DE October 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Mr. minister, you were the only one from your party that people hade respect for but now you like you lost all of your senses by being around a whole bunch of lunatics. This harassment bill is another politic move to weaken the hearts of some people. From the time this government got in power all they were and is doing is destroying the men in this country by introducing all kind of legislation to protect women, while making the same women smell hell to survive.
    There are laws already on the statue book that speak to all the politic act that they are introducing. This government needs to wake up and understand that most of the fools has gain wisdom and understanding and now they are the fools.

  15. Far East November 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    LOL !
    The irony


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