Former Trade Unionist Challenges Bajan Reporter on Historical Chain of Events in Bridgetown

If anyone has forgotten, let’s refresh everyone’s minds…. Robert “Bobby” Morris was second in command of the Barbados Workers’ Union in 1994 and one of five rebel MP’s who voted against their own party and against their Prime Minister who placed a lien of 8% on Civil Servants’ ages back then for circumstances not too vastly different from now.

The DLP envoy to Caricom back then chose to vote with his conscience and not from a maintenance of his public pension nor a blind support of party perspective, he made a bold stance which led to a change in Government by September almost two decades ago, itself an anniversary of 18 years after Tom Adams made a change over the late Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow in 1976.

The DLP envoy to Caricom back then chose to vote with his conscience and not from a maintenance of his public pension nor a blind support of party perspective, he made a bold stance which led to a change in Government by September almost two decades ago, itself an anniversary of 18 years after Tom Adams made a change over the late Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow in 1976.

However, in recalling the highpoint of Trade Union relations in the 70′s when Coal Miners were on strike in UK Vs. Ted Heath which made way for Margaret Thatcher… H.E. Morris forgot of the 8% Pay Cut of 1991 which was the catalyst for then MP to vote against erstwhile PM Erskine Sandiford as one of five “Rebel” MP’s who joined with Opposition to cause Sandiford to call for new voting by Sept 1994

What also odd was how he bragged that NUPW is a very successful Union, is he annoyed at Sir Roy for not stepping down and allowing him to lead the BWU? Was this part of the war earlier this year when CTUSAB did not send Sir Roy to an ILO conference? Was it all an elaborate payback for voting against the DLP & Lloyd Erskine Sandiford in 1994?

What was also odd, was how Morris bragged the NUPW is a very successful Union and no comment on BWU, is he annoyed at Sir Roy for not stepping down and allowing him to lead the BWU? Was this part of the war earlier this year when CTUSAB did not send Sir Roy to an ILO conference? Was it all an elaborate payback for voting against the DLP & Lloyd Erskine Sandiford in 1994?

This in retrospect seemed an inaccurate comparison when leaving out such a salient moment in Barbados’ own Union relations, when Bajan Reporter not so ‘sotto voce‘ said “You sure you don’t mean 1991?” in referring to low points in the island’s finances, Morris clearly took umbrage as seen in this video!

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