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Apr 15, 2015

CWU President Wants Union Senator Ray Davis Removed

Ray Davis

Ray Davis….he is the union senator, who, since the passing of the Petrocaribe Loans Act, has come under much fire for his abstention from vote in the senate. A document has been circulating in the media that the embattled senator had written to the N.T.U.C.B. asking for C.W.U. President, Audrey Matura-Shepherd, to be involved and commission the discussion of the Petrocaribe Loans Act. This, he claimed, was in an effort to better advise him when he was to take a position during the voting process inside the House. Matura-Shepherd says Davis is simply making an excuse for his action.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, 2nd Vice President, N.T.U.C.B.

“There was a meeting sometime earlier this year, just after I became the second vice president in which I had objected before on how he voted on the cane issue and how he voted before on the Petrocaribe money. And so I was one of the persons that suggested that clearly before my time, there had to be a process in place and I was not satisfied with the process—if there was one.  I’ve always made myself available; however, I am not the sole person to give advice.  But on this particular issue, I don’t want the issue to be clouded by any other thing anybody wants to say other than Mister Davis if he wants to be honest can reveal to you all the paper that he read when the Petrocaribe Loan money issue came up. The position as clear that he took; the position that he stated then was clearly against the Petrocaribe Loan money, how it was being spent, etc, etc. So I don’t see how, having given that as the statement then—which he read to us that night when we had that special general council meeting and you all were outside waiting to interview him—that day he had the document to read what the position of the union is. So no matter what excuse he makes now, he knew what the position was; he wrote it down; her read it out before the senate, he read it to us at that meeting…so it doesn’t justify then how come…if you know all of that, you know the position that then you can abstain. The fact that now you are trying to use some kind of semantics to exonerate yourself is neither here or there for me…it doesn’t work. Yes I have been one of those calling for there to be a better procedure. But, while maybe others…I don’t know who all needs to make the decision or what else needs to be done, it still comes down to common sense…think about it, you already know the union’s position. You mean you literally need the union president to say hey yo bwai Ray, we noh deh down with that Petrocaribe thing because it lack accountability. You really mean if that is the level that we have to go then he deserves to be moved from there because then he doesn’t have the capacity to think for himself and take the thought process to the next level. It is simply that.”

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