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.
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
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!