3 Sept 2011

Duking it out

This wrangling between the General Council of the PSA and Watson Duke (beleaguered President) is hard to understand for a number of reasons. These are my observations since the argument began, and I stress that I stand to be corrected on any one of these.

  1. I find it hard to believe that the PSA will have a Constitution that will elect a head that will be in power for 4 years (Duke said on TV he was elected from Sept 2009 to 2013) without any means of disciplining him, removing him for breaches of the Constitution/wrongdoing etc. That smacks of dictatorship in waiting.
  2. I find it hard to believe that the PSA Constitution allows the President elected to select his own General Council members without deference to those so elected on his slate. He conveniently fired 6 out of 12 members and yet claims that he is still in the position of President... something has to be incorrect with that scenario. If a President no longer has a general council with the majority of elected members, should that not be grounds to call another General Election?
  3. I find it hard to believe that a President is allowed, in the PSA Constitution, to spend money without accountability, and when asked for such accountability claims that the body asking for such accountability does NOT have the authority to ask same. Or for that matter, to discipline him. In other words, there is no checks and balances in the PSA Constitution for disallowing the President to run untrammelled.
  4. I find it hard to believe that this matter cannot go to Court to determine who is legally the Head of the PSA. Duke prefers to wrangle in public, even to the point of fisticuffs, rather than settle the power struggle lawfully and peacefully.
  5. I find it hard to believe that the rest of the PSA members are standing by watching this and not raising some serious and meaningful protest.

From my perspective, Duke has to go, without any question or doubt. He represents all that is wrong with the labour movement today, and what I had hoped we had left in the past... he is nothing more than an uneducated thug who landed in a position of power and now loathes to give it up.