Redman ready

BSTU defies CTUSAB’s stance on NUPW-led demonstration

An apparent split has emerged within the ranks of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), as the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) today came out strongly in support of pending action by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and in defiance of the umbrella body’s stance on the matter.

This morning a top BSTU official said that the executive body had already pledged its support to the NUPW’s cause and that they were just awaiting the final approval of their membership.

However, following Monday’s announcement by the NUPW that it would be embarking on protests after the Freundel Stuart administration failed to respond to the its ultimatum that pay talks be concluded by January 15, the umbrella CTUSAB stated unequivocally that its membership would have nothing to do with the planned anti-Government demonstration.

“CTUSAB has no mandate from its members for any action and that is not being contemplated. Our approach is to understand or try to come to grips with the economic straits this country is in, and to seek within that understanding what is best for the country and our members. That is something we can arrive at through [the] process of dialogue and communication. We don’t believe we can arrive at that by confrontation,” CTUSAB President Cedric Murrell said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

The island’s umbrella teachers’ union – the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) – had previously said that it would follow CTUSAB’s advice on the matter.

In fact, BUT President Pedro Shepherd last week accused the NUPW of being too hasty to have its pay demands met.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY, the BUT president argued that the NUPW, which is demanding a 23 per cent pay increase, as well as a lump sum $60 million coping subsidy payment on behalf of its members, should first seek to conclude negotiations on the lump sum payment, before pursuing the double digit pay hike, given the island’s current economic challenges.

However, outspoken BSTU President Mary Redman made it clear today that neither CTUSAB nor the BUT could speak for her union on this matter.

“CTUSAB and other unions will have to speak for themselves, but as far as the BSTU is concerned we are not happy with the unwillingness to conclude salary negotiations and ease our membership.

“Our members have not had a salary increase in ten years [and] despite not seeing any kind of ease in relation to taxation, allowances, in income tax, we can claim less and less.

“All this is in the face of spiralling cost of living, which has increased by as much as 40 per cent. Public officers and by extension teachers have found it very difficult to exist with our financial commitments. Our membership have been constantly asking what is happening with their salary increase. They are anxious for relief,” Redman stressed, as echoed the position of the NUPW, which has been maintaining that while workers have not enjoyed a pay increase in a decade they have been faced with a higher cost of living, in view of the austerity measures announced in last year’s National Budget.

Redman therefore said she was prepared to “act in the best interest of members, even if it means going against the wishes of the top brass of CTUSAB”.

“The truth is that the NUPW has asked for the support of the BSTU. We had an executive meeting yesterday [Tuesday] and at the meeting this was discussed among other things. We took the decision that we should seek to support the NUPW because we recognize that in doing so we would be supporting ourselves,” Redman said, adding that “whatever agreement is made with the NUPW that would be what all public servants get.

“Therefore, our shop stewards would be meeting with the members of the various schools and informing them [of the NUPW’s plans],” she said.

Barbados TODAY understands that the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) has already pledged its support to the NUPW’s position. However, sources say the BWU still has to meet with it is membership to finalize its participation in the NUPW-led action.

33 Responses to Redman ready

  1. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde January 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Oh well Election in the air so the Bees taking advantage

  2. luther thorne January 17, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    The man from CTUSAB who spoke was once the President of the NUPW and we know who some past Presidents support politically. I am not paying CTUSAB any mind. I done see thru the folly of CTUSAB. How come the man from CTUSAB aint wait nor stay. He rushed out in a hurry. Is he trying to take some sting out of the arrows .

    • harry turnover January 18, 2018 at 7:18 am

      He is a KNOWN DEM from his working days at the Airport. Originally from the FARM.The MOF is his buddy .
      Won’t be surprise if he is elevated to a higher position in DEM camp after the present group is annihilated and embarrassed in June

    • harry turnover January 18, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Don’t forget the PM just HONORED him,so he now has to show more gratitude
      Note ,a while ago he said he would be relinquishing that post after a certain date….maybe he too sees the writing on the wall and is positioning himself for a pick in the Political arena
      Think ya wait too late big man though, cause wunna gine be in the doldrums for the next 15 years to start with and by that time you will be 80+ and wunna would be struggling as a THIRD PARTY to get backin as it stands now.

  3. Saga Boy January 18, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Luther you are a walking dead. You have been on a hunger strike for months. You are not a man of your word. You cannot be trusted. The Unions are not acting in the interest of the country. They are politically motivated and selfish. Their actions will destroy this country. I hope that workers turn up for work and not be mislead by fools.

    • harry turnover January 18, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Saga boy,I would agree with you one ONE thing…it would FURTHER destroy the Country not destroy… cause with ALL that has HAPPENED and is HAPPENING the damage done by wunna is more than what a category 5 Hurricane would have done.
      I am on record as saying that the Union should have accepted that $ 49 million FIRST OF ALL and then work towards a wage settlement and I know not hope that most workers IN THE CIVIL SERVICE will turn up for work …can’t say the same for the Private Unions…don’t know what they would do.

    • Haskell Murray January 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      You talking nonsense is it fair or right that a worker should be working for 10 long years without a pay increase . Let me inform the Barbados public who are now bashing the union that had not for unions the standard of living that you now enjoy and take for granted would not have existed. Before unions existed employees had no rights and were treated by their employers as

  4. luther thorne January 18, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Hunger Strikes go on for long periods

    NOT one Bus bought in 10 years
    Not one Sanitation Truck
    No proper Roads
    After Taxing awày disposable income aall we get is a poor quality of life with Sewage for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Travel Advisories

    Disgusting but not surprising
    The DLP destroyed Barbados between 1971and 1976
    Between 1986- 91. Also in 1992, 93, 94- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 15, 16, 17 AND SHOULD BE DUMPED in 2018

    Scared to call Elections
    Vampire ?
    Sleeps and Sleeps, waking up only to Suck the blood out of the Hopes and Dreams of the population.

    People have lost HOPE in the DLP

    • harry turnover January 18, 2018 at 7:08 am

      Well said luther !…saga boy says the Unions actions will destroy the Country..lord have mercy ! when everybody knows from WITHIN and OUTSIDE BARBADOS DEM actions HAVE ALREADY DESTROY THE COUNTRY…… the EVIDENCE is there saga boy,what are you telling yourself ? are you trying to convince yourself otherwise ?…yours is just another senile comment emanating from the mouth of another DEM yard fowl who continues to see the writings on the wall get bigger and bigger with every passing day.
      Saga boy,stock up on some smoke…daiz the ONLY thing that gine stop the BEES come June.The BWA is trying bypasses in an effort to stem the sewage outflow on the South Coast …see if you can get one

    • Sherlock Holmes. January 18, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Luther you are going to burst an artery if you do not stop with these rants.

  5. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor January 18, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Bajans does make Everything B and D!

  6. Tony Webster January 18, 2018 at 6:28 am

    @ Luther Thorne: Remember, a saga boy…ent no “star Boy” .DEM star is falling as fast as Ninja man cud ask for a $2 “to buy bread”. Fools and yard-fowls will talk. Reasonable, mature citizens with eyes, ears, and brains, will use them. That is their privilege, and duty.

  7. Saga Boy January 18, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Tony Webster are you saying that the private sector as well as CTUSAB are fools and Yardfowls? Are you a BLP supporter or someone who puts country first? Any fool can see that a strikes makes absolutely no sense. I have to lump you in the same category as Akani and Luther.

  8. Heather Lowe January 18, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I’m sorry that the government didn’t send home the thousands that IMF advise them to. If that was done, more than enough money would be available to give this Union the 23% .

  9. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams January 18, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Well look who’s back. My goodness. Wherever there is trouble there is she

  10. Joe Blow January 18, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Striking is not the answer at this time. The unions need to cool their heads and not become a puppet for a political puppeteer. Parliament dissolves on or before Monday March 5th. That is just 46 days away. Elections must happen constitutionally within another 90 days, which is June 3rd if they don’t happen sooner. The best thing the public servants can do to solve the pay problem, is to use their constitutional right to vote, and solve it with their X. Both the DLP and the BLP need to be sent out of the house of assembly for a very, very long time, as both are equally responsible for the economic mess this country faces. We need new ideas, not regurgitated politicians.

    • hcalndre January 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      @Joe Blow; they are some disgruntled losers in one of the parties and the rest is what I would call green horns or rookies, to hear excuses like this is the first time, running the business of a country is not like selling hot dogs, so why take a chance with them?

  11. luther thorne January 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Joe Blow
    If not the BLP , who ?
    Solutions ?
    UPP ?
    The Party that now formed that has NO NAME ?
    WHO ¿

  12. luther thorne January 18, 2018 at 9:13 am

    THE DLP needs to disband and stop messing up the Political scene everytime they are given a chance. After 1994, I had given them 30 years in the Wilderness. They returned in 2008 to stink up the place and people are now seeing She-ite
    Literally seeing She-ite
    and worst yet eating She-ite for breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

  13. Samuel Clemens January 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Just pay the teachers more and more. I know that we’re not always happy with their performance but to attract the best and give them the foundation on which to build our youth we really need to pay the teachers more.

    • lester January 18, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Samuel sir that equation aint working the more you pay people they work less, look at the politicians

  14. Sue Donym January 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

    If Mrs Redman is speaking on behalf of her members, she is correct to break ranks with CTUSAB. The CTUSAB exists for strategic reasons, at times more convenient for government than the associations. When CTUSAB positions are not in keeping with the mandate of a union’s members, the union has to separate itself; otherwise she risks being labelled a dictator.

  15. luther thorne January 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Responding to Samuel and Lester re
    Paying teachers more
    Productivity in Barbados is down all around.
    We need to investigate why.
    We need to look at who we are employing and why we are employing them.

  16. just observing January 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

    I tell wunna to look back at 1986 when de unions call we out a week before elections and tell we don’t take 6% but later when dem party get in tell we to tek 4% cause de Treasury empty. Same scenario playing out wid different govt and different union leaders. I ain’t know bout wunna but I THINKING FOR MYSELF.

  17. Sherlock Holmes. January 18, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Mary is always contrary i thought she had rode off into the sunset, i guess she is so miserable to have retired would have been to worrisome for her, she would have only had herself to make miserable and it is clear that she could not exist in such circumstances. Politics is just a game of thrones.

  18. Ossie Moore January 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Just imagine the Second World War days when Her Majesty;Queen Elizebeth the Second had to change tires and spark plugs in the motorpool for a living.

  19. Greengiant January 18, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    How could workers at the junior level support an executive who refused to accept a coping subsidy because the juniors were getting 2,500.00 while seniors were getting less.

    They refused to accept, because they want all workers junior and senior to get the same 2,500.00 coping subsidy. That’s the difference between the 45,000,000.00 offered and the 60,000,000.00 requested by the union executive.

    A caring executive would have allowed the junior employees to get that much needed 2,500.00 but the issue is not really about the workers.

    Anyone of you could disagree, but I have the facts, so I can say it as it is.

  20. Patrick January 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Political fools!! There is nothing to benefit from closing down the country, only the poor will suffer, some of you cannot afford to go without two day’s pay are the ones talking foolishness

  21. Patrick January 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Let the old hag go home, your son too rude

  22. luther thorne January 18, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Back in the Day, the Country would have been shut down long time. This retarded government , a big black slug , could not get away with not even a quarter of the folly they getting away with now. Politicians of the day would have chased this Govt out pof Office. Talking about Striking ? Frank Walcott din care bout nobody when he called a strike. When the Port workers say um done ; um done !

    I asked already when is a good time to call a strike against the Government ?

    And are you supposed to wait on the Goverment to tell you when to strike against the Government ?

    This Government has destroyed Barbados’ confidence in dem.
    The DLP is very tribalistic and they practice the politics of Division
    and the politics of Exclusion and Polarization .

    Classic example is the refusal of CBC to sell the BLP airtime.
    This act is so serious a blow against Free Speech, it is such an affront to the Citizens of this Country and such a terrible slap in the face of the populace that it is a wonder that Social commentators have not condemned it.. For this alone, this Government should ”””feel it”””””

    They refusal to sit and talk with the Unions because they do not like the leaders and their refusal to back the BCA for the Women T20 Championship re the hosting all smack of political bias and discrimination. They always play the political – fatted calf –
    syndrome- divisive – tribalistic card- They have done it to their iwn. Everybody knows what Stuart did against Thompson and how he felt about Thompson and Thompson as a person vying to lead the DLP. I often wonder why Carson C Cadogan or at least the person who writes under that BOT character(hint) can continue to support the DEMS

  23. milli watt January 18, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    stupse…..don’t know what the fuss is I ain’t even notice no difference today Thursday………stand home don’t stand home it is all the same service.


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