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posted 18 Mar 2011, 11:10 by Gerry Kangalee
The newspapers of 17th March all ran stories that Comrade Senator David Abdulah slammed the CPO's 5% offer. My problem is that I am not sure the Comrade's stay at the government crease, where he bats lower than that other trade union player Comrade Errol McLeod, has produced the flow of runs for which workers are supposed to be grateful...or has M.S.J's innings collapsed, just as our team did in Chennai on the same day the articles appeared.

"We have to find what is the equilibrium point between Government dealing with its financial obligations and what is fair and just for workers...and five percent, in my view is not that point of equilibrium," Abdullah is quoted as saying in one article. After wading through all that double speak, it occurred to me that the senator was saying no to 5% percent but yes to what percentage? Isn't that what negotiations are all about? Proposal and counterproposal? I can't imagine a foot soldier like me would have to point that out to the general secretary of the most powerful trade union in the Caribbean.

Comrade Senator Abdulah is quoted as saying that it was necessary for the Government to spend its resources in such a way that will stimulate the economy. The sky is blue, rivers run to the sea and the sun sets in the west. Tell workers something they did not know, that they have not been saying since the night of May 24th 2010 to the incoming administration

P.S.A General Secretary, Comrade Callender, has been consistently articulating this view from the platform since October. As recently as during the vigil outside the Red House he articulated this point of view in an interview with the National Workers Union. But the senator was upstairs I guess, conducting Senate business while armed policemen barred the P.S.A leadership from entering the Red House.

It is interesting to note that the views, according to the article, were being put forward at a forum in U.W.I. One imagines the appropriate place for them would have been on all those platforms during all those marches the workers have been conducting. But he chose the university. Maybe he is too bright as Kurt Allen might say. We won't understand issues of 'greater pressure on the foreign exchange rate and stimulation of the economy”. After all, we are an agricultural society, yes? All our nationals fleeing the Middle East and Japan went there to play mas.

In closing I imagine we should be grateful to learn that Comrade. McLeod is but one voice in the Cabinet and that not all decisions of Cabinet are going to be for the interest of workers. Comrade Abdulah please...workers knew that long before the S.I.A. files were compromised and Julius Assange's "Wikileaks" set up shop...or is it that we ain't too bright?

Rae Samuel