What’s Trending: Strike date a secret
Fri, January 11, 2013 - 9:47 AM
The Nation’s Associate Editor, Sherie Holder-Olutayo takes a look at what’s trending today in Barbados.
Today’s Weekend Nation front page story which revealed that Sir Roy Trotman, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union is keeping the date for widescale industrial action a secret has our online readers talking. Here are some of their comments on this matter.
Hal Harris: All I will say on this matter is that I hope the BWU and Lime can iron out their differences and come to an agreement.
Carl Harper: This tactic by Sir Roy to force LIME to withdraw letters of severance for 97 former employees is as old as the hills and worn out. He believes that he is playing from a position of strength given the precarious position in which the country finds itself - pending elections, Alexandra fiasco and recession. Alex McDonald must stand firm and call the union boss' bluff. Most of the country is behind you - on this matter. We still expect to see improvements in other areas of LIME's operations. No wonder the strike date is secret. Sir Roy, being a former DLP politician and possibly still a member, must time this action to have minimal impact on the chances of the Party on elections day. Hence, I do not believe an islandwide strike is imminent. Industrial action before elections will be devastating for the DLP, so I expect the prime minister to get involved in the discussions. However, if Sir Roy wants to shutdown the country in the midst of the tourist and sugar harvest season, as the country grapples with its fiscal difficulties, go right ahead Sir. The blood of the fallout will be on your hands, and your legacy eternally tarnished. As a matter of fact, in a show of solidarity with LIME on this issue, given what I see as a sincere effort to better serve the public, I will be encouraging family members and friends who have mobile services elsewhere, to immediately switch to LIME.
Bim Bum: Trotty! You show them, man! Show them how powerful you are that you cud shut down an entire country in Tourism Season. Yesssss!
Tony Webster: We do not need a bigger hammer to solve grave national problems, of which we are clearly beset on all sides. We need a better tool. Like using our collective intelligence, and eschewing emotions. And add a dash of courageous, wise, leadership, and the recognition that our country's future, is paramount. Absolutely, undeniably, inescapably, paramount.
Jay Tee: What useful purpose will a general strike prove?? Absolutely nothing! More and more, Barbados' labour woes are increasing because of this Union mentality!
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