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Jun 2, 2022

PSU Prez: While Older People Have Wisdom, They Shouldn’t Displace the Young

Flowers says that he appreciates the wisdom of the elderly, however, they should not displace the younger workforce. He also said that the thirty-six thousand dollars that Marin will collect for the year that he has been contracted to work, could easily have been used to pay someone younger who can serve in the same capacity. He criticized both governments for similar practices, in response to our question to him about the past administration’s employment of the late former Prime Minister Manuel Esquivel also as an advisor. Flowers said that while they didn’t support that scenario either, the difference was that Doctor Esquivel was paid a pittance.

 

Dean Flowers

Dean Flowers, President, P.S.U.

“If we need somebody of that age for an entire year to resolve an impasse, then might as well we get rid of the Labour Department. We have also a whole cadre of mediators in the country so this nonsense about Florencio Sr. is needed to resolve that impasse is, like I said, baloney, and Mr Marin Sr. needs to remain at home. As it relates to past employments by the Barrow administration, and you spoke specifically to Dr. Esquivel, my understanding is that he worked for a dollar. Yes, he had a driver and a vehicle, but I understand that was more a symbolic employment. And I won’t defend that either. I will say that in my capacity in which I am employed with the government, I had some interactions with him. I came out of those meetings very disappointed because these people who are of age are stuck in their ways. As a young public officer who was sent out to study, I came back and I held meetings with Dr. Esquivel and Mr. Palacio at the time (inaudible) and I can tell you they’re stuck in their ways. They do not want to break the political status quo. So I am not no fan of the employment of Mr. Esquivel and I will say that in my interactions with him, as advisor to the Prime Minister, it didn’t go well.”

 


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