Sell out!

‘Useless’ CTUSAB is a DLP puppet, Franklyn claims

One of the island’s most controversial trade unionists has led a blistering attack on the umbrella body of the trade union movement, suggesting it was no more than a stooge of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), established to do the party’s bidding.

Otherwise, said Caswell Franklyn, the outspoken general secretary of the Unity Workers’ Union (UWU), the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) is completely useless and does nothing for the good of the labour movement.

“CTUSAB is a useless organization, it serves no useful purpose other than to give the Government the opportunity to say ‘we discussed it with the umbrella body’. They don’t represent anybody . . . [but] the Government wants this picture to go around the place to give some sense of respectability. CTUSAB is an organization designed to sell out,” Franklyn told Barbados TODAY in response to a story carried by Barbados TODAY on Wednesday that the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) would vote today on a motion to sever ties with CTUSAB.

The union’s general council has since defeated the motion “by a narrow majority”, voting to remain in the umbrella body.

Franklyn said a vote to leave would have had no impact on the umbrella body, with which the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) cut ties five years ago, because of the strong Government backing it receives.

“NUPW [break] will have no impact on CTUSAB because CTUSAB is supported by Government. CTUSAB is one of those organizations which the Government wants to have around to do its bidding. That is why it provided it with a headquarters,” the veteran trade unionist charged ahead of this afternoon’s vote, adding that the NUPW move was nothing spectacular since “members voted since 2010 to pull out of CTUSAB and the executive just kept it there holding for a while.

“I was at NUPW when that resolution was passed,” the UWU leader said.

In an obvious reference to CTUSAB’s refusal to support the NUPW in its two-day strike in January to pressure Government into meeting its pay demands, Franklyn contended the umbrella organization had an obligation to reflect the position of its members and not that of Government.

“The president of CTUSAB, who can only take his mandate from the membership . . . was not speaking for his membership, he was speaking for the Government. He just got the OBE, so he feels he is obligated to support the Government. That is what it is all about. It serves no useful purpose and it should have been closed down years ago,” Frankly insisted.

He noted that when the BWU was a member of the umbrella body, it contributed 45 per cent of the dues, and had the NUPW left, this would mean another 45 per cent of lost income.

“You lost 90 per cent of your income and you gine still survive? Why? Because the Government is supporting them.”

NUPW was likely to lose its voice in the Social Partnership had it gone through with its threat to leave CTUSAB, in very much the same way the BWU did, until it was invited back by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in 2016.

However, Franklyn said this would have been no big deal since, like CTUSAB, the Social Partnership, a problem-solving arrangement between the Government, private sector and labour movement on social, economic and industrial relations issues, was nothing but a “ruse”.

“The Social Partnership, that has always been a ruse. Even the Prime Minister himself said it was a philosophical absurdity. Now that he becomes Prime Minister he sees the usefulness of it where he can bend it to his will and get them to do what he wants. It should never have existed, not in the present form that it is existing now. It is a complete betrayal of the workers,” the veteran union leader told Barbados TODAY, going on to state that workers had never benefited from anything which went to the Social Partnership.

“It is always the employers and Government that benefitted,” Franklyn stressed.

“Whenever the Government or the employers have a problem . . . ‘oh let’s take it to the Social Partners’. And you go to the Social Partnership and the workers get zilch.”

Meantime, retired BWU General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman took a combative approach to the issue, even as he appeared to back Franklyn’s charge that the NUPW had voted in the past to quit CTUSAB.

“Anybody that is following the matter would have to look very deeply at why after more than two years the matter still is not resolved. Beyond that my friend, I believe there are many current day players in the thing and I don’t want to be involved in making for differences between unions . . . . Too many trade unions are out there criticizing one another and I will not add to that kind of sad state of affairs,” Sir Roy told Barbados TODAY.

At the same time, he anticipated an NUPW withdrawal from CTUSAB would not have had an impact the Social Partnership.

“The Social Partnership is not going to be impacted in terms of the work it has to do. Everybody in the Social Partnership understands that there are some players that are absolutely essential in some role. And in the public sector, there is a position where the National Union of Public Workers will have to have a voice, whether they are having that voice under an umbrella body or on their own,”  the well-respected trade unionist said.

24 Responses to Sell out!

  1. Adrian Shorey February 23, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Sell out my blaced foot, de country in an economic mess and you talking bout sell out damn idiot. Stupse.

  2. Adrian Shorey February 23, 2018 at 12:26 am

    Sell out my blasted foot de country in an economic mess and you talking bout sell out, damn idiot. Stupse.

  3. luther thorne February 23, 2018 at 2:16 am

    A lot of nastiness does happen in Barbados. The Politicians always playing games and the workers work to pay them to downpress them

  4. Big Man February 23, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Akanni McDowall is a force ripe BLP puppet, Lap Dog Caswell Franklyn please bring the whole Truth and not alterative facts

  5. Roverp February 23, 2018 at 6:20 am


  6. Roverp February 23, 2018 at 6:22 am

    All of the unions should pull out of CTUSAB

  7. sticks and stones February 23, 2018 at 6:35 am

    What a poopy show. NUPW needs CTUSAB. Annankai knows that the NUPW cannot survive on its own. their financials are a mess. Yesterday pretentious vote was no more than jo..bby grandstanding from a weak financially burnt out union trying to flex its muscle.

  8. hcalndre February 23, 2018 at 6:48 am

    @Big Man; you can bring the proof if you have it. I always felt Social partnership was a puppet for the government, why don`t the members of CTUSAB ask for their subscriptions and take it to the union where they are sure of being represented. The Unions are not responsible for the incompetence of the DLP. All of their ministers living in luxury now and ever more.

  9. Tony Webster February 23, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Not news to me, Mr. Franklyn! Divided we stand…and divided we fall. Even with vision, the people perish….not just unions members and unions…we ALL perish unless we put Country First. The real villains in the piece, as always, is in distinguishing the truth, from deceitful, but comforting words. The heart of man, can be a dark place indeed.

    Judge ability and character by actions…not words…and especially, not by promises…which at this time…are going at “All a penny”.

  10. Saga Boy February 23, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Big Man you are right. Akani is often seen liming with Mia and Sutherland BLP St.George South. They are pals.

    • Robert Goren February 23, 2018 at 7:44 am

      But Saga Boy….former NUPW president Walter Maloney was often seen at DLP events and liming with DLP politicians…….so I guess they are pals and he is a member of the DLP.

    • hcalndre February 23, 2018 at 10:40 am

      @Saga Boy; do the politicians from either side dine and wine together and the stupid electorate want to destroy each other?

  11. Greengiant February 23, 2018 at 8:16 am

    We all need to look way back in history. Forget about the B W U withdrawal, forget about the N U P W mandate from it’s members since 2010, forget about the recently defeated motion at the council level of the N U P W.

    When and during which party’s period in government was
    CTUSAB created? That period was the precise time the trade union movement was deceived by the then government and the
    B C C I. It was during August 1995 under the hand of Owen Arthur and the BLP that the deception of the century occurred. Brother Caswell Franklyn, who has been accused of being an Arthur man, would by now have realized that this was the deception of the century. CTUSAB in it’s current shape, size and form needs to be dismantled, or disbanded as it lacks the capacity, desire or design to negotiate in the interest of the employees future. Simply freezing wages to maintain employment levels is insufficient for our workers future, there must be a contractual obligation to pay more when things increase.

    Mind you Solutions Barbados proposal to pay Corporation Tax before profit would bring the rate of taxes to the workers down considerably, and create more disposable income. It’s worth looking at for its viability. I have examined it, and it is very viable.

  12. harry turnover February 23, 2018 at 8:21 am

    The PRESIDENT of CTUSAB IS a DIE HARD DEM originating from the FARM.
    Any body who cannot see that was a NAKED sell out would have to be a die hard DEM yard fowl who by now has been seeing a massive land slide in his dreams and is about to kick up a la South Coast stink at any mention of DEM failures.

    • Big Man February 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      @ harry turncoat The PRESIDENT of NUPW IS a DIE HARD BLP lap Dog, Any body who cannot see that blind, deaf and bewitch, six is still half of a dozen

  13. Saga Boy February 23, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I am just saying that Caswell should not be so one sided. The unions have always had some associations with the respective unions.

  14. Bajan boy February 23, 2018 at 9:16 am

    @Saga boy Cedric Murrell always up in Freundel s o what idiot. The right to socialize is one you seem to have problems with. All of the old call in casts are now big ups in the DEMS.

  15. Saga Boy February 23, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Bajan Boy where did I question the right to socialize with politicians? I was merely making a statement of fact. Read and understand before you write

  16. Kathy February 23, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Big deal. Everybody in somebody pocket. People will make their choice when the time comes. Caswell Franklyn just about the place running interference and his mouth as usual. Take a seat a shut up.

  17. Lorenzo February 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Saga Boy ,Big man and Kathy to which party did the following belong Sir Frank Walcott,Sir Roy Trotman,Evelyn Greaves,Bobby Morris?You Dems are hyprocrites of the highest order and really could STFU and take a seat.What if Mr McDowall is a Bee?What is the perception of allegiance of Mr Maloney ,Mr Clarke,Mr Depeiza and Mr Murrell all high ranking Union officials,you all want all the Unionists on your side.My advice to mr McDowall keep this Government feet to the fire and do not mind these Dem yardfowls,who had no problem with the old regime in bed with the DLP.

    • Big Man February 23, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Lorenzaaaa how you

  18. Greengiant February 23, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    We need to stop all this nasty name calling. I’m sure we can relate to any issue better than this. The real issue is that all the unions, including CTUSAB are so infiltrated that the workers don’t stand a chance.

    Caswell was an Arthur puppet too, CTUSAB was started, and funded by the Arthur administration for the very purpose the social partner is being used today. This same social partnership agreed to a wage freeze between government and the private sector during some times of plenty for the purpose of keeping workers employed. This administration has requested the the same in very challenging times. So though i’m no fan of either dead beat parties, “whats was good for the Bees, is now good for the Dees”. Lets be fair.

  19. Big Man February 23, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Wait I thought Caswell was a Saint
    Did not realize he was Owen lap Dog
    My friend from Public workers credit union now tell me he is a Stool Pigeon, it is alleged he used to carry News to Owen , all thee credit union business, when they sponsor Irene Sandiford Owen had all the News and talk about it.

    A Lap Dog calling somebody a Lap Dog.

  20. luther thorne February 23, 2018 at 10:56 pm


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    As usual with slugs, the Slug was slow , low and slimy.
    Efforts to eliminate or remove the Slug are continue
    Stay tuned to CBC


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