Cabinet Ministers are said to be pointing fingers over the BTC privatization . Shown here are Zhivargo Laing, Dion Foulkes, Hubert Ingraham and Brent Symonette. BTC chairman announced a successful court junction to stop the union from any further demonstration.
Nassau, Bahamas: Bahamas Press has learned that a Cabinet rift has developed after the actions by BTC on Monday! A source attending Tuesday’s meeting has confirmed that the call for leadership came by an independently speaking member of the Ingraham Cabinet who voiced ‘SERIOUS CONCERNS’ over the privatization matter.
The Cabinet member according to the source opposes the deal to privatize BTC and has voice his objection to the government’s sale of the profitable company. Bahamas Press has learned that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham lead the Cabinet meeting via teleconference on Tuesday, breaking off his annual vacation, as he sails on a Caribbean cruise. Bahamas Press can also confirm that the Prime Minister Ingraham will not break his vacation, but will return back to the country on Monday as planned.
On yesterday reporters learned that Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, had not been included in any of the privatization talks and told reporters that he was, “caught by surprise” by the actions of BTC on Monday. Foulkes noted – as he laughed over the matter whilst talking to members of the press – that he thought his minister colleague Zhivargo Laing was dealing with the labour negotiations in reference to the privatization talks.
The statements by Foulkes is said to have sent uneasiness in the Cabinet room at Tuesday’s meeting where questions was posted to Laing over the matter. The informant also told Bahamas Press that the independent speaking minister told the Prime Minister that he knew this was coming, and that it will get worse before it gets any better. It was then, noted the source, that a shouting match began between the minister and the PM over those comments.
Robert Farquarson, president of the BCPOU told the press that the workers at BTC have withdrawn their cooperation with the board of BTC, and that union members will continue in their protest until the Union at BTC has representation around the privatization meetings.
Bahamas Press has also learned that the independently speaking minister also questioned the silence given by the Acting Prime Minister Brent Symonette. Symonette has yet to make a single statement over the situation at BTC, as he assume the commanding control of the country whilst the Prime Minister is on holiday.
Bahamas Press reported over the weekend that Prime Minister is plotting an election plan whilst on his Caribbean Cruise and it is believe that the axing of another minister is in the making.
Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest is at this hour addressing members of the Rotary Club of Nassau where it is said he has made a national statement.
BTC workers on a slow protest ride on Grand Bahama yesterday.