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Chamber fires back at Sir Roy

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Chamber fires back at Sir Roy

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The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it is appalled by the statements attributed to Sir Roy Trotman in relation to one of its member companies Diamonds International.
Sir Roy, in a May Day rally, spoke of an “Egyptian Jew” and called on all employers to “to tell these foreign people that this is not Syria, this is not Damascus, this is not Libya”.
“The BCCI fully supports the right of any employee to join a union of their choice and the principles laid out in the protocol of the social partnership. We also support the provision within the draft employment rights bill under section 30 which indicates that an employee should not be discriminated against on account of their race or religion and suggest that neither should an employer be discriminated against on a similar basis.”
It added: “The managing director, Mr. Jacob Hassid, has lived in Barbados for 17 years and he and his wife have three children all of whom were born in Barbados. When someone has shown this level of commitment to our country, we should not be referring to them by race or religion and seeking to make them feel personally uncomfortable.”
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