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Friday and nothing much Happening 22/09/2006

Well as the title says nothing much going on here. Seems that the talk of early elections is in the air. The JLP have actually started their campaign but the ruling PNP have said that there is no such thing going on. Then again I didn’t expect them to say anything else. They will have their conference (I think it is this weekend) and from that then we will know who the party elected for their senior posts. I wouldn’t be surprized if there is an early election but one never knows with these politicians. Constitutionally they have until near the end of 2007 so………..

The industrial relations climate here has been really bad since May with the signing of the new Memorandum of Understanding between Government employees and the government. Nurses, teachers, doctors, police and a few other groups have removed themselves from the process and so are not bound by the MOU. These groups have been having hell dealing with the government and it stems from a perceived “take it or leave it” attitude adapted by the government and since the bulk of the workers have already been dealt with “we can deal with you at will”. Every week a new round of strike threats, sick outs and general complaining in the media goes on and on and on.

This week the police force was struck with unusual bouts of illness. (I think they need to examine the police canteen 😀 ) They are not allowed to strike by law. My concern is that if they are not allowed to strike then how do you deal with the type of attitude that their employers display when their needs are to be met. I can understand the national security but then I also see the wifes and baby mothers  and children of the officers waiting at the will of the government who has adapted a don’t care attitude. The process is a two way street and as such if one side breaks the process of good faith then in my books that negates the others obligations to perform. If national security is impotant to the government then treat the entrusted officers as if it is important. Well I see the officers are feeling much better and are out in full force today. 🙂

I fail to see how the government after three years of wage restrain by public sector employees can now turn around and say that they can’t afford to pay salary increases. It shows a simple lack of foresight and planning on their part.

The Friday radio banter on Full House Friday was about indiscipline of road users. I won’t go into that one since it’s a blog post by itself. They were also chatting about a trip that some Jamaican comedians had to somewhere in London. It enforces the fact that our dialect is certainly colourful. I tried to envision a foreigner listening to the program and trying to understand what was being said. There is no way that they could follow the conversation at all. Language unites a people fuh real.

Anyway, for somebody who had nothing to say (and maybe I actually didn’t say anything of value) I chatted a whole lot. So without further yapping from me, I wish you all a great weekend.

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September 22, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

12 Comments »

  1. Hey scratchie, Im loving the new blog.

    Comment by Teenage Perfectionist | September 22, 2006 | Reply

  2. How yuh mean nuttin ah go on in JA on a Friday night??? Well find sumthing tuh do even if yuh just chill by de falls. I got a busy weekend coming up, gine on a dinner cruise Sunday night and to see ah exhibition tonight.

    Comment by Campfyah | September 22, 2006 | Reply

  3. Gov’t shoulda handled de police better from de beginnin’, but as de sayin’ goes, Wha’ done gone bad a’ mawnin’… Still, it could work out better 4 de police:). Just ends up bein’ a very long day 4 all concerned, in de interim. Enjoy your weekend.

    Comment by Melody Piggy | September 22, 2006 | Reply

  4. i’m so pissed about hte govt right now it not even funny.. sitll hve me in awe..4 million on gambling study.. wtf.. realy wtf.. sigh… yow i been drowning my self in my laptop all night.. setting up my linux setup.. yeh i fight out windows more time.. >:P nothing going on for me tonight at all.

    Comment by taylor2nd | September 23, 2006 | Reply

  5. Hiya! I finally got on the new site. Thanks again for the love.
    Tis the silly season again. I am indeed getting a vibe that they may call an election before Christmas. I think they think they cannot lose right now. Another option is in about March of 2007 after the feel good factor of World Cup Cricket. Last time it was called after the World Junior Championships nah.
    *sigh* why am I talking politics on a friday night? I gone out yes. 🙂 ciao.

    Comment by Island Spice | September 23, 2006 | Reply

  6. It’s a small pie and everybody wants a piece. Of course the pie would be bigger with less corruption, less selfishness, better planning and less unecessary waste.

    Comment by Marc | September 23, 2006 | Reply

  7. I still haven’t heard what they offering us yet! Set o likke effers dem!

    Comment by Dr. D. | September 23, 2006 | Reply

  8. The government sucks. They have gotten their increases every year in the triple digit while blue collar and clerical workers struggle, hustle, bandooloo to make ends meet. It is so unfair.

    I have been listening to the JLP campaigns and I don’t blame them for starting now before the hype. It may work out in their favour. As for early election, I think they have until the end of October I believe to call it or else they will have to wait till after Cricket World Cup.

    Comment by cooldestiny | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  9. I’m sorry you didn’t find anything to do Friday night…

    If it’s any consolation, neither did I! I stayed home and bummed around.

    I hope next friday will be better for ya!

    ~Smooches~

    Comment by BajanQueen | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  10. I’m sorry you didn’t find anything to do Friday night… 😦

    If it’s any consolation, neither did I! 😉 I stayed home and bummed around.

    I hope next friday will be better for ya! 🙂

    ~Smooches~

    Comment by BajanQueen | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  11. I was wondering about that police strike but now I see it was a sick out..smart of them.It seems as if that is th eonly way to get govt’s attention,Don’t worry i spent Friday night home and it wasn’t fun cos I was feeling under the weather

    Comment by abeni | September 25, 2006 | Reply

  12. Damn politicians are just thieves! Now they’re wasting our money on a confrence. Thieves I tell you!
    Yes the wage battle has certainly become a war, threatening to shut down the country.
    Don’t even metion the indicipline on the roads, it’s gone to a whole new level now.

    Comment by Stunner | September 25, 2006 | Reply


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