Mottley lambastes Franklyn
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has taken Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn to task over his accusations that Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Government was one of the most “anti-worker administrations” in recent history.
Last week, Franklyn criticised general secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Toni Moore, for her decision to accept the BLP candidacy for St George North in the upcoming by-election, calling it a “betrayal” of the workers. However, Mottley fired back from the campaign trail, which began at Flat Rock, St George, on Sunday night, charging that Franklyn was being disingenuous, having received money to prop up his Unity Trade union from the very same political party he now deems anti-labour.
“I am talking tonight because I have had enough. I can’t tell you what Grantley Adams did. I can’t even tell you what Owen Arthur did as leader, but I can tell you what I did as leader.
“I know that there is only one union that I have ever had to take money from the Barbados Labour Party’s resources in order to help – not because they wanted to be invidious, but because they needed it, and so committed are we to workers’ rights, [that I gave instructions] to pay the rent for the Unity trade union for the first few months of its existence. (CLM)
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