Former President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU), Elliot Bishop has been called in by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) in connection with a report made that he threatened to kill the General Secretary of the union, Barbara Fraser.
A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Bishop was called last week Sunday by a member of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and asked to report to its head office in the city the next day to discuss an important matter.
He said that the veteran trade unionist complied with the order and on arrival met Fraser along with her husband and the current President of CIWU, George Mason at the station.
According to the source, Fraser made an official complaint to the effect that someone had told her that Bishop had a conversation with them in which he indicated that he wanted to kill Fraser.
Bishop is known to have an issue with CIWU with gratuity payments allegedly owed to him for his years of service with the union.
He has often pointed an accusing finger at Fraser as the one who is spearheading efforts within the trade union body not to pay him.
Fraser has denied the allegation, pointing out that whatever monies are owed to Bishop has already been paid to him by the union.
She has maintained that Bishop is demanding additional monies for the years in which he was working with another entity and not the union.
She said that the former CIWU leader was paid over $48, 000.00 in gratuity based on a formula that was worked out involving the President-General of the Technical & Allied workers union (TAWU), Chester Humphrey who was approached to try and resolve the contentious issue.
Fraser admitted that Bishop was not happy with the settlement but the consensus was that he could not be paid gratuity for the years in which he had left CIWU to take up employment with the Grenada Cane Farmers Association.
The CIWU General Secretary, considered as one of the most powerful individuals in the union, has maintained that the decision not to pay any additional monies to Bishop was not made by her but the executive body that is in control of the affairs of the union.
The source said that Bishop was told by the police investigating officer that the matter is considered a “serious one” since it involved an alleged threat on the life of another person.
He spoke of Bishop vehemently denying the allegation. Attempts made by this newspaper to reach Bishop for comment on the issue proved futile as he did not answer calls made to his cellphone.
A message was left at his home but up to the time of going to press, the former CIWU boss did not contact our news desk.
However, another source within the local trade union movement told this newspaper that the former CIWU President is seeking a meeting with the head of the Trade Union Council (TUC), Madonna Harford to raise the issue of his summoning to CID to be interrogated by the police on allegations that he had threatened the life of Fraser.
The source quoted Bishop as saying that the allegation made against him is certainly not in keeping with his character by anyone who really knows him.
He believes that it is aimed at trying to discredit him politically since he is engaged in frontline politics with the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Fraser confirmed to this newspaper that she had notified the police about the issue and had attended the session at the CID Office in which Bishop was also present.
She said that she has had enough of the “slander” and “lies” allegedly being told by Bishop over the years in an attempt to damage her character.
Fraser said that a lawyer has been handed a number of these offensive articles that appeared over the years in a local newspaper.