General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore today fired back at former Government minister Donville Inniss, telling the rejected Democratic Labour Party (DLP) St James South candidate he was in no position to demand her resignation.
During a press conference this morning at Solidarity House to outline plans for the union’s upcoming annual conference on August 25 and September 1, which is to be addressed by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Moore also poked fun at Inniss and the DLP over their 30-nil drubbing at the polls on May 24, while seeking to make it clear to Inniss, and the rest of the DLP for that matter, that they had no moral authority to make any demands of her.
“Hopefully if the members ever decide to remove me, it would not be in same way as we observed two months ago,” she quipped.
“I would hope that I would not have to go in that way, but I would hope that the membership would allow me to serve out to retirement or until the point that I think I have done enough that I can reasonably turn over to somebody younger. So that’s just it for those who do not have the moral authority to speak on issues like this, especially when they are unable to manage their own issues,” she added in light of the DLP’s recent ouster.
In a further jab at the defeated Inniss, the union boss said she was confident that unlike him, she still enjoyed the support of her constituents.
“The general secretary serves at the pleasure of the union. So as it pleases our membership who democratically elected me four years ago, and emphatically so I must say, they would similarly determine when the time is right to remove me,” she said.
Addressing supporters at his St James South constituency office in Wanstead, St James last week Wednesday, Inniss had suggested that both Moore and the current President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall should resign, while charging that they were in cahoots with the ruling Barbados Labour Party to bring down the previous DLP administration.
“I make no apology for [saying] it. They could not accept a [pay] settlement [for workers] with the last administration, they [the NUPW] stuck out for 23 per cent and in less than one hour of talks with the new Barbados Labour Party administration, they settled on five per cent, but can’t get it till September after all of the increases in cost of living have been put in place.
“And we say no, no, no. Toni Moore should resign from the Barbados Workers’ Union, Akanni McDowall should go home,” Inniss said.
The former Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development had also questioned why the unions were silent on what he saw as the increased taxation and job losses under the Mia Mottley-led Government.
“The trade union leaders within the past few years in this country have been more concerned with their own office than about the workers in this country. None of them have the moral gumption to stand up now and say anything against the Mia Mottley administration because they have been sold, lock, stock and barrel,” Inniss charged.