The Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) has expressed its “absolute displeasure” with what it calls the recent unfair attack Robert Bobby Morris on the integrity of its President Mary-Anne Redman.
Speaking during his Astor B Watts Lunch-time Lecture on last Friday, Morris, a former Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), said a reported accident in which Redman was involved seemed “a bit contrived”.
But the BSTU has fired back describing the opinion by Morris as distasteful, reckless and insensitive.
“It is public knowledge, supported by medical evidence, that President Redman sustained an unfortunate and painful foot injury, which resulted in torn ligaments within her left foot, while executing the business of the BSTU, during the recent symbolic “Walk for Relief” on Tuesday, July 11, 2017,” the union said in a statement.
“To infer improper motive on the part of our chief trade union representative, and to attempt to cast doubt about the circumstances surrounding comrade Redman’s foot injury, is indeed a bold act of desperation by Morris; a former Deputy General Secretary of the BWU, for whom the BSTU had much respect. This behaviour is beneath a man of his placement in our society.”
The BSTU said it is unfortunate that Morris, a once active Trade Unionist, could so conveniently forget what trade union representation and solidarity is all about, and to speak ill of the BSTU, and its current leader.
Th BSTU says it believes the least Morris could do at this time, is to offer a public apology to Redman and the members of the BSTU, for his unwarranted and irresponsible verbal attack on her professional and personal integrity.
“The BSTU shall maintain its call for a much-deserved public apology from Morris. In fact, it would be meaningful if Morris could seriously reflect on his recent comments, and perhaps question his own understanding of a trade union’s role to fairly and fiercely represent the interests of its membership, without distraction and influence by political affiliation,” the union said.