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The Caswell Franklyn Column – DLP’s New strategy

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY (DLP) had a miserable 14-year sojourn in opposition.

It was a fractious party until their thirst for power galvanised them into a united force that was ready and willing and to take control of the Government. They not only stopped fighting in public; they came up with a strategy which now appears to have been “tell the people what they want to hear”.

That strategy worked well, maybe too well, and now in power the DLP has been applying that winning formula to all aspects of their operations in Government. I would not blame them if they were still trying to win an imminent election but they are behaving as though the country is in a perpetual election mode.

They consistently refuse to come clean with the people of this country.

People would remember the most popular misrepresentations: university education would remain free; and that not one civil servant would be sent home.

University students are paying tuition fees and 6 000 workers were sent home since the last general election. Even now Government is only officially admitting sending home 3 000.

After winning the election, the DLP administration failed to deliver on their promises. Instead, blaming the state of the world economy, they unleashed punishing austerity measures.

All the while they were explaining that the measures were for the greater good and that a little short-term pain now would redound to overall prosperity. Seven years of austerity is a little long to be considered short-term. And it is too long for Government to delay implementation of the promises in its two manifestos so far.

I have no doubt that when challenged on the reasons for not honouring the promises in their manifesto that Government would continue to cite the the lack of resources occasioned by the state of the world economy as the main reason.

While not holding myself out as an economist, I believe that the economy is not growing because Government has taken out too much of people’s spending power in taxes, so what little is left is not enough to rekindle the economy.

That is debatable but what is not in dispute is that the DLP administration has failed to implement aspects of its manifesto that would not cost money to put in place. They include freedom of information and integrity legislation.

They were supposed to be part of the programme for the new government’s first 100 days in office.

Well into its second term, the DLP has very little, if anything, to boast about.

The average Barbadian is worse off now than when they took office in 2008. But the current administration has become adept at putting a good face on even its most atrocious acts.

By way of example, Government patted itself on the back for the passage of the new Shops Act. So much so, the Ministry of Labour published a release citing 17 positive highlights of the new act. The problem is that none of these positives is new. All 17 were already the law of the land.

The only thing worthy of note in the “new act” is that Government has reduced the chances of shop assistants getting overtime pay.

They have now set their sights on the Holidays With Pay Act. A bill is presently before the House of Assembly where the Government proposes to repeal the current act and replace it with one that is essentially the same thing with minor amendments. I would expect them to be consistent and big up themselves for the good piece of legislation.

I might be wrong but I can see two sinister motives in repealing and replacing progressive labour legislation, with only minor amendments. Firstly, the additions to the legislation are not worker-friendly, and by putting a so-called new act on the books, they would be removing any association the Rt. Excellent Grantley Adams had in bringing those progressive pieces of legislation.

The Government has nothing new to offer but to make themselves look good. They are attempting to erase Adams’ legacy, and with their spin doctors they will reap the praise and probably another term in office.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and blessed New Year.

Caswell Franklyn is the general secretary of Unity Workers’ Union and a social commentator. Email caswellf@hotmail.com

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59 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – DLP’s New strategy”

  1. David December 27, 2015 at 1:03 AM #

    Mia counter punches…

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  2. Xante December 27, 2015 at 1:42 AM #

    Are you saying Caswell well is a surrogate for Mia?

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  3. SuckaBubby December 27, 2015 at 7:55 AM #

    Article makes sense.My concern is the ensuing flood of extra regional labour about these shores citing to have experience of working in a 24/7 society to replace the so called laggards who are not content.BLP, DLP , it dont matter.

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  4. Artaxerxes December 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM #

    A friend of mine has been home on sick leave since February 2015 as a result of a knee injury. Unfortunately for her, she has NOT received any sickness benefits from the NIS and no one at that office can provide her with a satisfactory response as to what is delaying or preventing her claims from being processed.

    Additionally, when she enquired about her income tax refunds she has not received since 2011, the officers at the BRA told her she will not be paid refunds for the years 2011 to 2013.

    It is also frustrating that when one calls these departments, the officers ignore the phones or “press out” the calls, causing people to call on numerous occasions until someone actually answers the phone.

    What really annoys me is the fact that those persons employed at the NIS and BRA were paid their salaries, which enabled them to pay their bills and enjoy Christmas. They also made sure their friends enjoyed similar privileges since they would have facilitated the processing of their sickness benefits, income tax returns or reverse tax credits.

    Fruendel Stuart, Sinckler and all the other parliamentarians also had the money to enjoy this festive season and did not take their constituents into consideration, who would have been depending on these funds to pay their bills.
    I was told of a situation where a man, who has not received his unemployment benefits for almost a year, wrote Stuart to inform him of his plight. Stuart promised to investigate, but four months have passed without him hearing or receiving further correspondence from Stuart.

    THESE THINGS ARE TOTALLY UNFAIR TO POOR PEOPLE, THE SAME POOR PEOPLE AT WHOSE DOORS STUART AND HIS CLOWNS WILL BE KNOCKING TO SOLICIT THEIR VOTES.

    As union representatives, Caswell, the onus is on you, the NUPW and the BWU to inform civil servants that they should be more compassionate and diligent (i.e. showing care and conscientiousness in their duties). Because I know that people could be paid their benefits or tax refunds in a timely manner.

    There is no reason why business owners have to wait a year before being paid their VAT refunds, but interest and penalties are demanded of them if their VAT returns are filed on the 16th, one day after the 15th day of the month deadline.

    If there is a shortage of funds at the BRA or NIS, then the authorities should inform the public.

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  5. Caswell Franklyn December 27, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Government does not have a clue about what it is doing so our political masters are taking advice from people who are only looking out for their own self interests. In that process, Government is consciously taking away workers’s longstanding entitlements, at the behest of those with money that can contribute financially to an election campaign.

    This lot has already disadvantaged the lowly shop assistant without any clamour from the major unions, except that Akanni made some comment but was not sufficiently equipped to deal with the matter, and now they are moving to other pieces of legislation to wipe out other benefits.

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  6. Donna December 27, 2015 at 8:35 AM #

    “Be content!”

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  7. Caswell Franklyn December 27, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

    Artaxerxes

    Civil servants, with the best intentions in the world, cannot make bricks out of straw. In the case of refunds from BRA, Government has little to no money and those highly favoured get their refunds first. That is not something that is decided by a civil servant.

    Again, in the case of NIS, don’t blame the much harassed civil servant. They are doing the best that they can given the equipment that they have to work with. They bought another dud in the form of a computer system and it has wreaked havoc with the processing of claims. Just imagine that they have a computer system that calculates claims that is slower than manual calculations. Don’t laugh, it is true!

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  8. Artaxerxes December 27, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    @ Caswell

    I know of situations where people who “did know sumbody dat does work at” NIS or BRA, who were able to facilitate the processing of a claim or refund.

    In some cases it is done for a small fee.

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  9. Well Well & Consequences2 December 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM #

    Jeez…can it get any worse for people on the island. That is what Stuart, his clowns want the taxpayers and electorate to be ‘content’ with…..as it is, people also have the right to douse their fraudulent asses with water when they pound on their doors begging for votes.

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  10. HAMILTON A HILL December 27, 2015 at 9:47 AM #

    Over time the labour movement in Barbados has become as fractious as the political parties. Labour leaders of the past alerted us about the dangers of the concept of Divide And Rule as practiced by employers. That this government has been able to get away with the imposition of wage restraint { dem cud call it wah de ass dey like} for so many years and the unions remain silent is astounding. In the midst of negotiations a Government Minister sanctions the disrespectful act of distributing option forms and the others apparently missed the threat such an act posed to the process of collective bargaining. Certain customs officers cannot curry favour with other sections of the civil service all because of their choice of union. Strike action is the sacred weapon of the movement yet we were told that a picket line was recently breached, injuries ensued and all we got was thunderous silence. They came! They divided! They have conquered………even the labour movement.

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  11. John December 27, 2015 at 10:34 AM #

    Construction is a dead end activity, available water has been allocated since 1996 (as predicted in 1978) and the sand hill at Walkers is almost gone!!

    What we want new construction for? … but it seems like ages I’ve been saying that.

    What’s the point!!

    The mad scramble to fix water mains and reduce leakage is about the only positive I see here, but it is costing a bomb. Should have used the BWA money way back in the 90’s to do this job and not let the politicians get their grubby hands on it in the consolidated fund.

    We know already from the front page of the Nation a few yeas back that Apes Hill development could not support the investment in desalination and its ongoing cost so the best we can hope for is technology to advance and the costs of desalination to be lowered.

    No wonder COW speaks so offhanded easily of closing it down.

    Two engineers have told me that to build a house there it is necessary to pay for two or three as the karst geology of this older limestone means caves all about.

    Shades of Arch Cot need mitigation and it costs!!

    Agriculture has been purposely killed off and the land diverted to the dead end activity of construction which is not really economically viable long term either.

    Tourism faces the rising criminal element in Barbados. I have seen things happen that send shivers down my spine when I think of the future.

    Offshore business relies on the Barbados brand which is evaporating before our eyes as the criminal element in our leadership sinks to new lows and gets discovered. Besides, other countries have figured out they need their tax dollars, why let Barbados benefit.

    Maybe I am being too kind by suggesting there is a non criminal element in Barbados and its leadership.

    Expect no growth or very little as the politicians try to manipulate the GDP but gradually fail as the country sinks deeper into the mire.

    … but it wasn’t always like this a long, long time ago.

    There was hope and contentment … all Bajans were wealthy, but not necessarily rich.

    Hopeless malcontents is the term I reckon best describes Bajans of today.

    Who needs riches when wealth is so much better.

    You don’t have to be an economist to figure it out.

    In any case, it isn’t really about economics.

    A real pity!!

    I saw a really great interview about values and economic success on TV a couple of nights ago on the Kelly File I think, Charles Koch was being interviewed.

    It pretty much explains the mess that is Barbados and much of the world.

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  12. Bush Tea December 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM #

    Great post John
    Happy new year.

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  13. David December 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM #

    Agree with John. Note the the MoA plans to borrow 600 million to attack the mains problem. The logic to support current policy is that an improved BWA must be IT centric therefore beefing up the physical plant read new HD on the hill was necessary.

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  14. John December 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM #

    Hi BT

    Happy New Year to you and yours too

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  15. Tron December 27, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

    The tubby MoF compares Barbados with a Scandinavian welfare-state to justify permanent increase in taxes. Has the guy ever been at the airport at least?

    No, all the taxpayer´s money is used for two things: 1) Paying the very high salaries at nearly twenty ministries, an oversized Supreme Court and other governmental offices. What do we get in return? World-class services, ha! 2) Paying interests to Credit Suisse and other international institutions which buy money for 0 % and sell it to us for 10 %. Why do public servants need to drive around their families in government cars and use them for shopping? Do they pay taxes for that benefit? The MoF should look at THAT issue.

    Barbados GDP is lower than ever at the end of 2015. The small British oversea territories have all done better (source: wikipedia): Bermuda $ 86,000 GDP PPP, Caymans 43,800, BVI 42,300, Turks and Caicos Islands 29,100. So did independent nations (source: IMF data 2014): T&T: 32,170, Bahamas 25,075, Antigua: 22,998. And look at Africa: Gabon 20,757, Botswana 17,050 – just 1 place before Barbados!

    Any comment?

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  16. pieter pieper December 27, 2015 at 8:44 PM #

    Rest assured, neither will the DLP nor the BLP pursue freedom of Information, integrity and accountability legislation. In point of fact,members of both parties have already made it clear that it is more likely than not, that there will be legislation to curb what appears on “social media”.”Mainstream media”…The Nation, Advocate and CBC in particular…,are already “under control”.
    Let us also look at the PAC ( Public Accounts Committee) .It is essentially useless since its findings and recommendations are never investigated, and are largely ignored and/or opposed by both parties.

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  17. Artaxerxes December 28, 2015 at 12:35 AM #

    The following excerpt was taken from the BLP’s election manifesto:

    The BLP Government commenced a programme to sell its rental units and lots on a phased basis. This “sale of units” programme affecting property in all the estates will be executed over a two-year period.

    The concessions to which prospective homeowners will be entitled are:

    a) The basic purchase price will be 75% of the value of the properties as established by the Land Valuation Department.
    b) Persons eligible to be potential home purchasers will be entitled to reduce that basic price by offsetting rents paid, up to a maximum of $25,000.
    c) Potential homebuyers will be entitled to a concession to further reduce the basic price by claiming a credit of up to a maximum of $5000 for agreed repairs to the unit to be undertaken at their own expense.

    It is expected that three thousand six hundred and fifty (3,650) households will benefit from the sale of rental units.

    During the 2008 election campaign the DLP dismissed the BLP’s idea of selling NHC units to tenants and proposed a policy that would see those tenants residing in units for 20 years would be given the units free of cost, providing tenants pay their arrears and all legal fees incurred.

    The DEMS also promised to “Build and maintain a pool of rent-to-purchase units for low income earners, pensioners, and the disabled who may not qualify for mortgages and loans.” [Source: David Thompson’s reply to the 2007 Budget]

    I was shocked to read on the “back page” in today’s Sunday Sun, under the headline: “Kellman: NHC must sell houses,” that Minister of Housing and Lands, Dennis Kellman seems to have made an “about turn” on the DEMS proposal of “MAINTAINING A POOL OF RENT-TO-PURCHASE UNITS FOR LOW INCOME EARNERS.” It was reported that “Kellman isn’t happy with the NHC’s ability to earn money at the moment, saying the corporation has to do a better job of marketing and selling in the new year.”

    They are “toying” with the idea of selling the “Grotto” units.

    Is this a new DLP strategy?

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  18. Donna December 28, 2015 at 4:47 AM #

    Caswell,

    Unfortunately Artaxerxes is right about the NIS. There are some officers who do process claims for a fee. I know this to be true. True though about the computer system. Trying to follow one’s claim online is very difficult because that system is a mess.

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  19. Donna December 28, 2015 at 4:55 AM #

    To be clear, “Be content!” was not my suggestion but was in fact another typical Froonie insult to Barbadians. Are we to be content with whatever they do? Are we to ignore the fact that he has broken every promise he made to Barbadians? Is everything he does well done? This man has the makings of a dictator. He brooks no argument. Frightening!

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  20. Donna December 28, 2015 at 4:59 AM #

    “Be content!” said the slave masters to the slaves. Now we have the House nigga following suit.

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  21. balance December 28, 2015 at 5:36 AM #

    “Trying to follow one’s claim online is very difficult because that system is a mess.”

    And if you think that is a mess try accessing LIME/FLOw

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  22. Artaxerxes December 28, 2015 at 5:54 AM #

    Donna December 28, 2015 at 4:47 AM #

    “Caswell, Unfortunately Artaxerxes is right about the NIS. There are some officers who do process claims for a fee. I know this to be true. True though about the computer system. Trying to follow one’s claim online is very difficult because that system is a mess.”

    I also know for a fact that some operators of public service vehicles pay officers of the BRA a fee to obtain a tax clearance certificate.

    Everything is a racket in the civil service, from passports to as simple as applying for a birth certificate. As long as you know someone in the respective department, you can apply and receive your document as soon as possible.

    For example, to apply for a passport I would have to go through the process of completing the on-line application, which includes selecting appointment dates that are convenient to me, to be interviewed and to collect the passport about 2 weeks after.
    However, if I wanted the passport any sooner than the designated time, I would have to pay an additional $75 and collect it within 5 days.
    Fortunately for “Joan” who knows an Immigration officer (or knows someone who knows an immigration officer), she could go through the application procedure and receive her passport within days of applying (and without paying the additional $75).

    I have heard many people brag about being reported by the police for a traffic violation only to have that offence “squashed” because they know a policeman.
    How about the guy who knows a Customs Officer and is allowed to bring in the “world and other places” duty free, while another guy (who does not know anyone) is referred to the tariff book and charged an “arm and a leg” in duties for bringing in a television set.

    Or politicians who send people, mainly at statutory corporations, for jobs they are unqualified to do. And who respond to being “reprimanded” by reminding the supervising officer: “You can’t tell me nuffin, de minister sen’ me hay.”

    I know as a former civil servant and a union representative of civil servants, Caswell may want to “bury his head in the sand” and defend those he is being paid to represent. But he knows this is the reality in Barbados.

    Similar activities are also undertaken in the private sector.

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  23. ac December 28, 2015 at 6:53 AM #

    Artaxerxes what you say is True but when a moral compass of a society is broken all types of illegalities filter from top to bottom,
    Unfortunately that is world we live searching for perfection is like searching for a needle in a haystack, however the light at the end of the tunnel begins in the rearing and education of the children

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  24. Well Well & Consequences2 December 28, 2015 at 7:49 AM #

    Moral compass of DBLP, broken from the top. Educating children to be just like the leaders, corrupt and yardfowls like their parents, equally corrupt, all with broken moral compasses won’t change a thing.

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  25. Dompey December 28, 2015 at 12:46 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn

    Caswell, you betta be careful because it seems as though Artax is working for the Special Branch these days. He knows the ends and outs and the round and about, about every blinking thing that goes on in Barbados these day. The fellow must have listening devices planted in the various government agencies?

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  26. Roverp December 28, 2015 at 12:50 PM #

    Be Content with failure, undelivered promises, lies, deceit, truck loads of new taxes, layoffs, no growth in the economy….after all you marry for better or WORST and got WORST!!!

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  27. Roverp December 28, 2015 at 12:53 PM #

    The Government has nothing new to offer but to make themselves look good. They are attempting to erase Adams’ legacy, and with their spin doctors they will reap the praise and probably another term in office. – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/75984/black-white-dlp-strategy#sthash.kp5fUYUW.dpuf ….This has been from the time they got into office in 2008

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  28. Roverp December 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

    The DLP keep complaining about the last government ….how good they had it …….from within one year of this government getting in oil prices have fallen and now at real lows yet people suffering.

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  29. Artaxerxes December 28, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    Dompey December 28, 2015 at 12:46 PM #

    “Caswell, you betta be careful because it seems as though Artax is working for the Special Branch these days. He knows the ends and outs and the round and about, about every blinking thing that goes on in Barbados these day. The fellow must have listening devices planted in the various government agencies?”

    Yes, Dompey, similar to how you think you “know the ends and outs and the round and about, about every blinking thing that goes on in (the Royal Barbados Police Force) these days,” because you were accommodated (sexually) by those officers at District A you so fondly write about.

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  30. Alvin Cummins December 28, 2015 at 9:19 PM #

    @Artra,
    If it happens in the Civil Service, and the same thing happens in the private sector, it points out HUMAN failings. Why then does all the compAINING AND BLAME FALL ALWAYS ON THE HEADS OF CIVIL SERVANTS?.

    STOP COMPLAINING AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT. IF YOU BRING IN A TELEVISION SET, AND KNOW YOU WILL Have to P

    AY CUSTOMS DUTY, BE PREPARED TO PAY IT. DON’T LOOK FOR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO WILL WORK A “PROGUE” AND “ROB” THE CUSTOMS,and the country of what is rightfully theirs.Pay the damn duty and stop complaining!

    @Well Well,
    The moral compass is broken in every society and has been broken forever.

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  31. Artaxerxes December 28, 2015 at 10:38 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins

    I realize comprehension is not one of your strong points. Therefore, I will let your comments go over my head.

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  32. Bush Tea December 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM #

    @ Artax
    Bravo!!

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  33. Well Well & Consequences2 December 29, 2015 at 4:52 AM #

    Yeah Alvin…we will leave it broken because you and DBLP are too weak with corruption to fix it.

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  34. ac December 29, 2015 at 5:52 AM #

    These are the same BLP yardfowls who cuss govt when a officer of the govt stated that illegalities at customs were a major concern
    Also cuss govt for trying to use alternative solutions to remedy the problems as reflective in the BRA controversy which was the tipping point for the BLP foot soldiers to stoke the fires of retaliation

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  35. Artaxerxes December 29, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    Do you, as the DLP’s yard-fowl “Ambassador to BU,” present to this forum, any information to substantiate your comments relative to contributors “cussing the government for trying to use alternative solutions to remedy the problems as reflective in the BRA controversy?” Can you inform BU as to what were these ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS?

    UNLIKE YOU, when I submit a contribution to this forum, I PRESENT FACTS, not generalized rhetorical statements composed of metaphors and innuendos. It’s about time you conduct yourself in a similar manner, rather than continue to spew your usual political rhetoric. But then again, you are to BU as “Douglas” and Guyson Mayers are to the Advocate.

    This administration established the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) before they were readily equipped with the necessary expertise, staff, technological equipment and an efficient management structure, because they were in haste to satisfy an IMF deadline.

    This is also evidenced by CONTROVERSY surrounding the MERGING of Customs into the BRA. The following excerpts from the July 18, 2015 edition of Barbados Today will substantiate my comments:

    “Customs officers walked off the job this morning, protesting against what they said was Government’s attempts to “railroad” them into transitioning to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), and its failure to appoint temporary officers.”

    “…..the Customs officers refused to report to their work stations, arguing that they were being COERCED by management into signing option forms so they could be absorbed into the BRA.”

    “……Walrond insisted that talks were continuing on the matter between the NUPW and the Customs Department, yet the AUTHORITIES were attempting to INTIMIDATE the workers, MOST NOTABLY, TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES. He warned that the Customs officers would not sign the forms until the consultative process had been completed.”

    Many of the employees who previously worked at Inland Revenue opted to continue their employment at government departments. This resulted in the BRA being manned by individuals who are not aware of Barbados’ tax laws and the filing of returns.

    Recently, for example, I had reason to visit the BRA to query a partnership income tax return on behalf of a client and was directed to officers who had “absolutely no idea” about partnerships and what the filing process/procedures for such business ventures entailed.

    What about the IT consultant who was being paid over $10,000 per month to implement a computerized system to facilitate the processing of claims and cheques, yet Barbadians are still experiencing problems filing on-line and are awaiting income tax refunds and reverse tax credits since 2011?

    Legion of demons, I hope wunnuh doan continue dis shiite in 2016……………….. trying to defend the indefensible.

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  36. Artaxerxes December 29, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    INDIA PLANS $18M FOR MERGING CUSTOMS DEPT INTO BRA

    Reported by: `Customs Today Report March 20, 2015

    NEW DELHI: Indian government decided $18 million for merging Customs and Excise Department into Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).

    Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler, said with this major revenue-earning department incorporated into the BRA, it would complete Government’s plan for a single ICT platform from which Government could better manage state receipts.

    He told the House of Assembly during the Estimates debate that about $18 million had been provided to help integrate the Customs Department into the BRA.

    He added that the administration was also moving ahead with plans to reform a number of state enterprises.

    AC, inform us how this $18M (was it US or BDS) spent?

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  37. Donna December 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM #

    We know that there will be corruption for as long as man is involved in government and administration. What we protest against is that nothing is being done to curb it and it has therefore become the norm, totally accepted and unchallenged. Are we then to “be content” with this also. Or is it still acceptable to speak out against corruption and injustice and demand change for the better?

    When are the Chipmunks going to sing a new song?

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  38. Donna December 29, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

    Dompey,

    What Artaxerxes speaks of is common knowledge. I can attest to all that he has said and add a whole lot more.

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  39. Donna December 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    “….stop complaining” and “Be content!” same song sheet.

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  40. David December 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    @Caswell

    Interesting comments from Walcott, the head of the private sector group, in the news. Taking a jab at the social partnership? It appears positions are being taken ahead of the rationalization of statutory agencies in 2016?

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  41. TheGazer December 29, 2015 at 11:45 AM #

    I believe that I write is often tangential to the story at hand. I am the onlooker in the rum shop (electronic) who puts aside his drink only to utter the occasional comment; hopefully, coherent.

    I saw one blogger who seems to draw a comparison between the writings of Jeff and Caswell.

    Comparing the writings of Caswell and Jeff is comparing two different genres of writing. To me, Caswell seem more focused on righting some of the injustices that are occurring and Jeff seem to be making more of a social commentary as he meanders various landscapes and unearths nuggets for discussion.

    We must not fall into the ‘Highlander mantra’ of “There can be only one”. Let us enjoy the fine efforts of these two men without making unnecessary comparisons.

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  42. Caswell Franklyn December 29, 2015 at 6:51 PM #

    David

    I did not see anything from Walcott but then again, he does not normally say anything that would be of interest to me.

    Sent from my iPad

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  43. Dompey December 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM #

    The Gazer

    We all know that Caswell Franklyn is a habitual whiner, who offers little or no solutions to the problems he seems to discover regarding government improprieties and irregularities.

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  44. millertheanunnaki December 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM #

    @ David December 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM #
    “Interesting comments from Walcott, the head of the private sector group, in the news. Taking a jab at the social partnership? It appears positions are being taken ahead of the rationalization of statutory agencies in 2016?”

    What do you mean by “rationalization of statutory agencies in 2016”? Wasn’t this promised in the December 2013 Ministerial Statement?

    Any meaningful “rationalization” must involve the loss of thousands of currently unproductive parasitic jobs and so-called managerial positions.

    These guys are just playing for time hoping to qualify for their full pensions.
    Have you not seen the symptomatic manifestations of the Strain on poor Sinckler because of the many lies told over the last 4 years? It’s called the Reverse Pinocchio Effect. The more LIES told the more ‘drawn and dried up’ the poor chap becomes.

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  45. TheGazer December 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

    @Dompey
    It is interesting that you saw a whiner and I saw someone who was trying to correct some of the ills in our society. Identifying the problem goes a long way towards finding a solution.i

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  46. Dompey December 29, 2015 at 7:36 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn

    My hope is that you will cease and desist from all of your vain babbling and employ your intellectual perspicacity/resources, to address what you have already surmised as government inability to deliver the goods to the masses.

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  47. Dompey December 29, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

    The Gazer

    Cheap sounding words will not address society social-ills my brother; it takes an active involvement which strikes at the collective- conscience of the masses.

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  48. David December 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM #

    Yes Sinckler is aging at an alarming rate.

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  49. Bush Tea December 29, 2015 at 8:17 PM #

    It is VERY stressful having to remember which lie you told; to which public; when; and with what decimal point.
    The only local politicians who don’t age fast are those who don’t talk …and those who are so damn dumb that they don’t even REALISE that they are lying….

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  50. Prodigal Son December 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM #

    Dompey

    If you have nothing to contribute to the debate, why cant you keep quiet? What a nuisance you are!

    Contributors here discussing a serious topic and you injecting your usual foolishness. Get a life man!

    ….and do not answer me, I will not respond!

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  51. Prodigal Son December 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM #

    It must be the tummy tuck surgery he had………….that tends to make you age….look at Al Roker and Star Jones.

    His lies are catching up with him….he told people that he lost weight by diet and exercise and we all know that there is no way that he could have lost all that weight suddenly so!

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  52. Gabriel December 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM #

    Miller
    Sinckler started to show his alarming change in physiog from last year.It was the same with Thompson in ’92 when the man aged overnight,looked 10 years older after he was the finance guru.That is not a ministry for pretenders.Next year we will see if Stuart got the gumption to relieve the taxpayers of the many hangers on in cabinet and at statutory boards.It has to happen.
    Meanwhile we await the big chain wearing BWA chairman and his Ghanian acting GM to hear their excuses for failing miserably to deliver potable water to St Joseph households.These folk were made to suffer even on Christmas Day because they supported a BLP candidate for their representative.Same issue with the Whitehill folk who are resolutely defended by their parliamentary representative and this government stran out those people because they voted BLP.

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  53. ac December 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM #

    So too is Mia a woman to be in here forties looks much older.

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  54. David December 29, 2015 at 10:29 PM #

    Let the record show Mia is not in her 40s.

    On 30 December 2015 at 01:40, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  55. ac December 29, 2015 at 10:37 PM #

    And that voice hard to tell the truth

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  56. John December 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM #

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2015/12/30/another-sugar-threat/

    Ah boy, its the drought!!!

    The monkeys have borrowed a whole set of money to build a new sugar factory and are discovering now it might not work.

    I’ll bet they and still find a way to spend the money to boost GDP.

    Remember Animal Farm, remember when the animals decided to build … was it a factory or just a monument to comrade Napoleon ….. and remember what happened to Boxer

    Hang on a minute, there were no monkeys in Animal Farm, just a bunch of hogs!!

    At the end of slavery the sugar industry produced just over 30,000 tons.

    A third of the land produced cane, a third lay fallow and a third fed the people and the animals.

    Progress yielded steam in the mid 1850’s.

    By the early 1900’s output had risen to about 100,000 tons.

    Progress yielded tractors and field machines and in 1957 and again in 1967 output surpassed 200,000!!

    Today we scratch a little 10,000 or 5% of former output from the ground and we want to build a new factory.

    It’s all about values.

    Once upon a time there was a singleness of mind in Barbados, directed towards activities for the common good.

    Economics and money only arise when the reasons for being involved in an economic activity make sense and sadly, nothing makes sense anymore.

    Economics and money are just a one dimensional measures of a multi dimensional activity …. and they are not even the important measures.

    … but there is always cause to smile.

    An old planter put it this way to me “Every hog got he Friday night”!!

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  57. Donna December 30, 2015 at 9:20 PM #

    Mia has to be either fifty-one or fifty-two depending on her birth month. She has been a smoker from her early teens as far as I remember. That adds years to one’s appearance.

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  58. Donna December 30, 2015 at 9:22 PM #

    Bushie,

    They don’t care which lie they told. They just tell another one. Bajans accept anything.

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  59. Bush Tea December 30, 2015 at 10:18 PM #

    Donna
    Bajans accept anything.
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    Most brass bowls do….. liquid waste, solid waste, waste-to-energy scams, CLICO scams….any shiite…

    Bushie is now just looking to see how many bowls will turn up next week for the opening of the year of shiite-celebrations…. a fifty year cycle back to to the 1950’s….

    …cause we could only be celebrating our return to slavery and ignorance… under the leadership of a set of blindfolded jackasses, operating in a dark room, under advice from a black female rabbit called AC….

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