Vex? CTUSAB takes a dim view of Inniss’ inflammatory statement… So, what next then?

(ATTN: PG-13, Language) The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), takes issue with a statement attributed to Donville Inniss, Industry Minister which appeared on page 6 of 14 October edition of Barbados Today, under the headline, ‘Inniss Attacks Unions‘.

The MP was quoted to have said that, “I am not afraid of unions. Sometimes you have to say to them, boss if you want to strike, you strike. At some point in time they’re going back to work or you can find other people to do the work.”

Minister Inniss (CENTRE) is one of three Ministers appointed by the Government to be its representative on the Sub-Committee of the Social Partnership, whose purpose is primarily to discuss labour relations in Barbados and to seek ways of promoting dialogue and co-operation. In this context, CTUSAB takes a dim view of this inflammatory statement coming from one whose remit should be the promotion of social and industrial harmony. {PERSONAL FILE IMAGE}

Minister Inniss (CENTRE) is one of three Ministers appointed by the Government to be its representative on the Sub-Committee of the Social Partnership, whose purpose is primarily to discuss labour relations in Barbados and to seek ways of promoting dialogue and co-operation. In this context, CTUSAB takes a dim view of this inflammatory statement coming from one whose remit should be the promotion of social and industrial harmony. {PERSONAL FILE IMAGE}

CTUSAB considers that the Minister can rightly be accused of having implied that employers could find other people to do work when workers go on strike. This is a dangerous assertion, for it seemingly promotes the embracing of strike breakers or the hiring of what is known in trade union terms as ‘scab labour’, as a strategy to be employed when workers legitimately withhold their labour.

In the context that the Government of Barbados supports the fundamental rights of workers, which includes that of the right to strike; and further, is committed to good employment practices as stated under successive Protocols, the comment attributed to the Hon. Minister, borders on being indifferent, reckless and shortsighted.

CTUSAB contends that Barbados has and continues to enjoy a stable industrial relations climate where workers are free to exercise their constitutional, civil and trade union rights without fear. In the interest of building our economy and society, it is critical that these are preserved at all cost. The Congress therefore denounces any attempt that is directed at promoting a move to introduce ‘scab labour’, as this can only be seen as an act directed at introducing strike breakers; which has the potential of creating unnecessary industrial relations tensions.

CTUSAB therefore calls on Inniss to reconsider his statement, accepting that it could undermine the efforts of the Social Partnership, which is committed to the promotion of good industrial relations practices that are guided by international standards; which are set out in the ILO Conventions and Recommendation, to which Barbados subscribes.

{EDITOR’s NOTE: In other words, Inniss’ off the cuff remarks were total sh*te and the breadfruit-swapper should issue an apology, like what Digicel did when a Porno film was accidentally leaked at their Haggatt Hall branch then was revealed on Facebook to a viral response of thousands of Shares – they did not wait to be accused, then try to ignore… Digicel got Pro-Active and admitted their goof, a wayward employee really, and promised to ensure it won’t happen again. So Inniss should do similar – not have porn after hours, I mean, but this molly-booby should recant and apologise forthwith…}

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