Oh no, Donville!

Outspoken Government minister Donville Inniss has raised the ire of President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall over comments he made at a ruling party political platform last weekend.

Addressing a St Peter meeting of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) on Sunday night, Inniss, the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, cried shame on the state of the present labour movement, while alleging that some trade union leaders had been promised diplomatic posts abroad and could not wait to see the back of the DLP.

However, in response McDowall said derisively: “I wish I was one of those people offered a [diplomatic] post because I would like some money now, especially after the imposition of the NSRL [National Social Responsibility Levy] and having not received a salary increase in almost a decade”.

The NUPW boss also sought to clear the air on the current subvention given to the unions by Government, saying it was for training and there were set criteria for which that money could be used.

“[Therefore], the money is not used for operational expenses. It is not to say that you can take up the training money, and pay bills with it. The money has to be used for training. This policy has been in place for many years with different governments, long before my time,” the NUPW president said in response to Inniss’ suggestion that the unions had been saying “the country is so broke . . . [and] putting all sort of demands on Government, but don’t remind their members or the public about the hefty subvention they get from Government on an annual basis to keep them running.

“Rather than say let us recognize that you have a Government that is bringing enlightened policies and programmes to uplift the masses in society, you have these folks finding every reason to go after the Government in a very aggressive and partisan manner and hiding behind the guise of the union,” Inniss further lamented.

However, McDowall said “the fact is [that] since this Government came into office, that subvention has been reduced significantly. So if the unions were depending on that money to survive we would’ve already died.

“I want to know if Mr Inniss is suggesting that because unions are given a subvention that they should be loyal to the Government. That makes no sense. Our loyalty is to the workers of this country and to no one else!

“To the point of protests, the NUPW marched for the repeal the NSRL and/or a coping subsidy. That is what we did and we have had no regrets. The taxes in this country are killing people. We can’t pay for food at the supermarket, and there must be something to help them deal with the cost of living,” he stressed in light of recent protest action by the unions with the support of the private sector in their bid to get Government to grant them relief from the current level of taxation.

However, to date the Freundel Stuart administration has been sticking to measures announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in his May 30 Budget, including a hike in the NSRL from two to ten per cent.

12 Responses to Oh no, Donville!

  1. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Barbados is being wrecked by divisive politics and the politics of exclusion. Sad !! The DLP needs to give us better.

  2. archy perch November 22, 2017 at 3:12 am

    That is why I am here Luther Thorne to brief you with the facts. I seem to remember a guy called Ivan Linton – a former BLP Senator – who bombarded the available media airwaves immediately after the January 15th 2008 general elections with his diatribe as to why the elected government will not survive for long. His favorite radio show was BrassTacks and his voice and divisive comments were heard daily and even on Talk-ya-talk on CBC 100.7. This man spared no efforts to polarize Barbados. His departure from the scene in mid-December 2015 was mourned by me. I thought he brought shame though to the Seventh Day Adventist Church since I always throught they never never got involved in things political. I was wrong. We now have another from that religion called Colin Jordan running for the BLP in St. Peter. Has he given up his allegiance to the Seventh Day
    Adventist? He is now part of the smut and smear peddling forces started by Liz Thompson at recent BLP Annual General Conference. So much for divisive politics Luther Thorne, I know these factual reminders won’t penetrate your empty brainwashed head.

  3. charjoy November 22, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Lizzy girl bring out de tings chica….bring dem out!!

    • Mark My Word November 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Lizzy best apologize fuh dat mess down at Greenland where thee BLP spend over $30 million to build a landfill and no landfill can’t been seen but money gone in people pocket and thee Golden shower at Silver Sands
      She now looking for a pick at the UN, so she singing fuh she supper wid she cantankerous self

  4. Mark My Word November 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

    The Unions need to start paying Duty on those top of the line cars The General Secretary driving latest Mercedes DUTY FREE

    • hcalndre November 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      @Mark My Word; Your word is that Dem is to get all the freebies. They have 2 and 3 vehicles in their garages and the peoples` own to drive around too.

  5. milli watt November 22, 2017 at 9:39 am

    hand to mout trade unions……..that is exactly what he is saying. he who pays the piper calls the tune but you know that don’t you.

  6. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Small minded Barbadians. Allyuh really need educating. Tallking about Liz and Greenland. Talk about things the DLP did years ago too. No one is perfect. So Cut de crap. The DLP is not without Blemish . Stupid political nonaense. Time to get pass this low class tactic that worked when people were not quickly informed about matters and had to depend on others who manipulated and bent the truth.

  7. Patrick November 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Akanni, stupes!

  8. milli watt November 22, 2017 at 11:51 am

    wait ……….he like he got cold in he nose. boy go an clean yuh nose and look presentable do

  9. Goldengirl49 November 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    @ archy perch, Dave Cumberbatch running for the DLP in St. Peter is also a Seventh Day Adventist. Actually he and Colin Jordan used to go the Mile & A Quarter Church.

  10. Saga Boy November 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    luther thorne you should be shame. You does behave like the BLP consists of people who have never sinned and come short of the glory and all DLP people are the worst sinners. Tell Liz to tell us about the golden shower her husband build for $300000 after she awarded hi a contract. SHE THINKS WE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES?


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