A Country In Limp Mode

Toni Moore, BWU

For eight years the country has been gripped in an economic recession – negligible growth notwithstanding in a quarter here and there – although it feels like a lifetime, an unaccustomed position for thousands of Barbadian if we count from the last major economic crisis of the early 90s. Clearly Barbadians- judging by how we have responded (not responded) to the economic challenge-  must legitimately question our leadership and management abilities as a nation. We have reached the point instead of leading the region, an accustomed position since Independence, we have retreated to comparing our current state with the base of the base in the region. The boast that Barbados is a model Black country boxing above it weight class has become an idle one.

With less than a year to go until the next general election bell is rung AND weeks after the minister of finance Chris Sinckler delivered a ‘budget’ he promised will create a surplus on current account by reducing the deficit by 567 million dollars in the current financial year –the country’s major trade unions have decided that now is the time to pressure the government to modify the rate it has applied with the implementation of the contentious National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) from 10% to 5%.  BU SUSPECTS the NSRL issue is a ruse by the BWU, NUPW, BSTU and BUT to give impetus to a bigger objective, that is, to force a change in government.  Such naked affiliation by the major trade unions to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Opposition does a disservice to the movement. This will be a blog for another day.

If a student does not study well in the school year, cramming one week before promotionals will not make a difference. Using the same analogy -how will it be possible to reduce the deficit by 567 million dollars in less than a year before the next general elections IF the government has been unable to implement policies to achieve same in the last eight years? What is magical about this year?

To the apolitical Barbadian it is evident the economic model that has served Barbados for the last 40 years has run its course. The tourism goose is laying eggs, however, not in the same quantity or quality. An ageing population, unsustainable cost of social services, a burgeoning middlecalss manufactured on rising household debt, means that it is all beginning to collapse because we have not been able to match production with spend. As important is that as a people we have to adopt the right behaviours to collectively guide the country in the direction that will reasonably sustain  ALL. What should these behaviours be?

It is laughable that trade unions are calling for a wage hike for employees in the public service and the wage bill by the same sector by any measure has been identified as the reason for the worrying state of government finances and has resulted in the printing of money. The end result is that  domestic debt to GDP is ranked at one of the highest in the world. BU cannot ignore the fact that there continues to be haemorrhaging in government’s finances outlined in every Auditor General’s report since 2007 to the present.  BU’s comment should not be taken as an attack on public sector workers. If we are honest we should be able to agree that the public service has become a place that the political class has padded to satisfy narrow interest.

What is playing out in Barbados gives currency to the Orwellian view that all the tenets we should adopt to protect our fragile democracy we seem happy to jettison  in favour of alternative facts,  incompetence and corruption from the entrenched political class and the partisan political minions. The foregoing made all the more ironic if we continue to boast of being a highly educated nation. The national budget allocation to education supports it.

The trade unions will again impose a go slow on a nation and what will be achieved? There will be enough workers who feel intimidated to ensure the public service remains somewhat productive and the country will limp along. This is where we are a country limping along.

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141 Comments on “A Country In Limp Mode”

  1. Frustrated Businessman ready to shut down this country to force elections. July 20, 2017 at 6:37 PM #

    NO, without debt restructure we are doomed. My suggestions were simply to roll the wicket for same. There is no question that we need IMF now, internal tax and debt restructuring in coming months and major external debt restructuring in 2 years, hopefully with a better credit rating than now.

    This gov’t has spent 9 years proving they are incapable of any of that.

    Stubbornness by the gov’t and escalation by the unions is our best hope. If the unions get what they want we all will sink together.

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  2. David July 20, 2017 at 6:44 PM #

    @FB

    You must have been at Sherbourne today and agree with the private sector consensus?

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  3. vincent haynes July 20, 2017 at 7:05 PM #

    FB

    Well stated……best way out will be elections.

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  4. angela Skeete July 20, 2017 at 7:41 PM #

    Elections not going to solve this country debt . The cold and hard truth concerning freeness and barbadians believing of themselves to be deserving to be entitled would remain a juggernaut and stumbling block in the way of barbados burdening debt,
    Here we have a country for so many years have help and held the hands of a society by giving free education and health care which countries having more resources refuses to do for their citizens and today when a country needs the help of the citizenry the rallying cry is HELL NO coming from certain political quarters

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  5. vincent haynes July 20, 2017 at 8:02 PM #

    Aha…..an operative has surfaced after going AWOL with the message no elections……interesting.

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  6. angela Skeete July 20, 2017 at 8:15 PM #

    I never said no elections the bell would be rung in the constituionally elected time. Unless those who arebno running around like lost souls have another up de thing in mind.
    But mind u govt not going to sit back and allow these well known one armed bandits to take the country over . They might have infiltrated the Unions but still of yet they have a lot of ground to cover before they can boldly defy and deceive those who are watching carefully with eagle eye
    The Unions might be fooled into a false sense of feeling right and secure but when all is said and done the Unions would be the ones holding an empty bag all for naught
    All this high drama would not be a repeat of the Sandiford Era. Thats all i have to say

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  7. vincent haynes July 20, 2017 at 8:32 PM #

    Chuckle…..Primus has spoken…we shall await the crippling of the country by the unions……ah well.

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  8. Prodigal Son July 20, 2017 at 8:38 PM #

    These private sector vultures sicken me.

    They know that the country is in serious trouble.

    The PM and the Minister of Finance have told them that the action that is needed they will not do for political reasons yet they are condemning the unions for taking action to force the PM to at least get real and call an election.

    It is very clear that Barbadians are fed up with this government and instead of the selfish private sector joining the union, they are now talking out of both sides of their mouths. Read Eddie Abed’s rant in today’s paper. Alvin Jemmott was ranting on VOB this morning but we know where his loyalties lie.

    They are only thinking of their bottom lines not of the suffering people. No wonder crime is so high.

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  9. Hants July 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM #

    Industrial action could hit QEH next

    Reports reaching NATION ONLINE indicate a representative from the National Union of Public Workers visited staff at the Martindale’s Road, St Michael facility this evening and told them to take industrial action tomorrow.

    How many hospitals in Barbados ?

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  10. Bajan in NY July 21, 2017 at 1:02 AM #

    @David,
    On another note, why did Babb and VoB not confirm the note read by Murray today? Read the note then confirm it looks like.

    Glyne Murray is solely responsible for the irresponsible act. I though he was reading from a paper carrying the official letterhead of the an institution/association. I could not believe someone who have no use for social media would take something off WhatsApp, go on the air and read it without establishing it authenticity.

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  11. Bajan in NY July 21, 2017 at 1:04 AM #

    …who has*……

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  12. Hal Austin July 21, 2017 at 3:19 AM #

    Is Barbados imploding? Is the RSS going to takeover?

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  13. David July 21, 2017 at 5:46 AM #

    @Bajan in NY

    Agree with you, Murray is always pillorying social media, it was very surprising like you stated he opened up himself to be chided by Charles Herbert. Maybe it was a ratings move when the examined the latest Systematic Survey. BU recalls an exchange with his son on social media who agreed that his father should be willing to broach the NIS issue on the show, instead he has been very unwilling and hostile when the subject it raised about depleting resources at the NIS Scheme.

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  14. Frustrated Businessman: enact Facilitation Martial Law! July 21, 2017 at 6:40 AM #

    These jokers still don’t get it.

    The DLP not only destroyed the last 9 years of Barbados, they have destroyed at least the next 5 years as well.

    Williams Group yesterday announced their version of the Caribbean Development Bank. “The time is right for Caribbean development”. That is code for “Barbados is dead and will be for years, we’re putting our money where it is better served elsewhere”.

    When people throw around terms like ‘capital flight’ and ‘brain drain’, rarely do they understand the consequences. Jamaica and Guyana are still suffering today from those symptoms of 30 years ago.

    There are no more patriotic Bajans than Williams and Goddard families, they are both ‘new money’. They would be among the last to leave and the ones to switch out the lights.

    As I have said for the past 8 years, there was never any chance of any economic recovery under Fumble’s Fools.

    If the unions called a march for elections tomorrow they would be shocked at who turned up. This is their chance to have a real stake in the next version of Barbados to evolve from this mess, especially if private sector leaders continue to delay action.

    If this current momentum is lost it will not be regained.

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  15. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 6:58 AM #

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  16. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 7:07 AM #

    The emergency gathering of the #Barbados Private Sector Association (#BPSA) was truly worthy of the famous line from #Shakespeare; “Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing…”

    Instead of using this as a catalyst for a rare opportunity where the Barbadian private sector joins forces with the #Unions of Barbados and create a situation where the #nationalsocialresponsibilitylevy is either repealed or dialled down to 5% instead they adopt a mealy mouthed tract while the Social Partnership is due to meet August 18th they hope the PM will agree to meet sooner… Has anyone made an omelette by poking a needle through the shell? In the same manner industrial unrest is called just that for a reason, white and black Bajans need to wake to RH up and burn tyres and create strife to make the Government understand they cannot tax Barbadians into making the country prosperous again!

    If the #Freundelstuart regime was truly concerned for #Barbados, they would NEVER have insisted on restoring their 10% pay cut – WDR is this? Animal Farm?

    For the BPSA to accept waiting makes me wonder what really happened that the public is unaware of…

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  17. Bush Tea July 21, 2017 at 7:21 AM #

    What the unions are doing can only be described as cowardly shiite.

    If ever there was a time for someone to STAND UP and take a principled position for workers by OPENLY defying the shiite government and shutting the country down until elections are called for within two months…

    IT IS NOW….

    That these jackasses are sneaking around like thieves in the night …with gorilla tactics …only goes to show the SELF IMAGE of the shiite leaders in the unions.

    Shiite in the DLP
    Shiite in the BLP
    Shiite in the churches
    Shiite in the Business community
    Shiite in the public
    ….no wonder we have our streets flowing with the stuff…. IT IS A SIGN.

    Bushie likes Charles Herbert…. a lot.
    Good man!

    But he is not tough enough, or black enough, to do the job that needs to be done.
    Too many damn panties in the union leadership….. including the BUT…
    Steupsss…

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  18. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 7:41 AM #

    Bushie

    Chuckle……A good rant…….I agree wid yuh though.

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  19. Frustrated Businessman: enact Facilitation Martial Law! July 21, 2017 at 7:44 AM #

    Exactly Vincent.

    The white, brown and red people in this country, who still mostly lead the private sector, have been cowed after 50 years of black rule. Money runs every aspect of life on this planet, they would prefer to move theirs out of Bim rather than bear the consequences of speaking up.
    Yesterday was more of the same shite talk from the cowards at the table head who could have taken the initiative from the unions and made a NO CONFIDENCE statement.

    Exactly Bush Tea.

    The BWU and NUPW cannot trust the DLP supporters in their membership and were a bit surprised by their low march turnout. If they get what they want (salary increase to offset the effects of the (once again) increased cost of living, they will go home happy and the rest of us will pay for it. More civil service costs for piss-poor return.

    We have only one option now. Elections. We need to do whatever it takes to bring this infection to a head.

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  20. Ping Pong July 21, 2017 at 7:53 AM #

    I don’t like the taxes that the Government has imposed. Who does? However other than Owen Arthur, nobody has put forward a credible alternative. The private sector’s proposal is simple – mass lay off of public sector employees. The unions have NO proposal other than “gimme mo money”. Things are so bad in this country that I have to admit that the most mature, balanced and informed response (at this time) to the financial crisis of Government is that of Mr Sinckler.

    Only God can help us now.

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  21. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 7:53 AM #

    FB

    We have only one option now. Elections. We need to do whatever it takes to bring this infection to a head.
    ………………………………

    Agreed……and how is the million dollar question.

    With the absence of BS&T and the sensible action of Massy&Ansa to keep quite in another territory the BCCI has no real clout….Goddards no longer has that great a control in Bim,as they have rightfully gone regional&global……..Williams’ for a number of reasons have to keep quite……so who will bell the cat?????

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  22. Hal Austin July 21, 2017 at 8:02 AM #

    Ping Pong,

    Other than Owen Arthur?

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  23. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 8:02 AM #

    Ping Pong

    Arthur and the majority of economists on both sides of the fence have agreed that the IMF is the best way out presently.

    We too like to get tie up with loss of 7000 jobs wherever that figure came from as opposed to realising.

    …….that we are talking about retrenchment&redundancies

    …….IMF approval allows loans&grants to be accessed for projects

    …..Confidence by the IMF will allow investment to take place.

    Hence job creation.

    Going to the IMF is an opportunity to restructure our governance system….hopefully whichever govt is in power will avail themselves of the opportunity.

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  24. David July 21, 2017 at 8:18 AM #

    @Bush Tea

    Like FB alluded, the unions don’t trust the influence it has to cause a shutdown, hence the guerrilla tactics.

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  25. Hants July 21, 2017 at 8:22 AM #

    Where are the BLACK business folk ? Dah picture mussee from 1967.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/98857/business-folk-views

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  26. angela Skeete July 21, 2017 at 8:26 AM #

    Vincent u need to shutuh mouth the IMF is not the small island nations piggy bank and the price of going to the IMF is a cost which mostly the poor and vulnerable would pay for. Again take a look at Jamaica what social benefits has Jamaica acquried after many years in an IMF program.

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  27. Ping Pong July 21, 2017 at 9:14 AM #

    @ Hal Austin

    isn’t that evidence how bad things are? Instead of credible I should have said feasible.

    Barbadians are not following “mo money” Moore nor “fire de workers” Herbert. Tings more than brown when Sinckler is the only adult in de place.

    Sorry folks, Sinckler and company is the only game in town. Wheel and come again.

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  28. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

    Operatives

    Chuckle….continue to enjoy cloud cuckoo land for now……knowing full well that if this govt is returned they are heading to the IMF in a hurry with the same proposal that OSA offered although amended to deal with the months of destruction post budget….hahaha…..wunnah tink Bimmers dotish……

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  29. Hal Austin July 21, 2017 at 10:34 AM #

    Vincent,
    With an election due in nine months, Stuart will not call in the IMF only to see any benefits to the next government.

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  30. Tell me Why July 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM #

    I am having mixed signals from the two learnt economists. Firstly, Dr Marshall is of the opinion that the four unions are focusing on the wrong cause, stating that the unions should have dialogue with the Government pertaining to wage increases instead of a reduction in the NSRL. How can you have a dialogue when you are not being entertained.

    Will you Dr. Marshall lead the fore to reject this harsh measure knowing that it is going to hurt the populace? The Unions are looking at the big picture in fighting for everyone. The business sector are hurting but none of them have the guts to carry the fight to the Government. You have to remember that dialogue is missing. In the 70″s the BWU challenged Government and took Barbadians on the road to fight the 8% cuts. The Private sector walk, economists walk, the church walk, blacks walk, white walk for a cause. No one spoke of being “OUT OF PLACE”. These taxes are going to hurt the poor, the middle class and the same businessmen who will find the going tough and eventually close shop. I am sick with people stating the Union leaders being inexperience. Ms. Moore just returned to Barbados after being recognised by International Trade Unionist. If the Union don’t lead, who will lead. These four Unions cannot wait on the old unionist like Jones, Best, Morris, Husbands who are singing in the main choir.

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  31. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 10:56 AM #

    Hal

    Quite correct…..politics is being played out now to the detriment of the future of the country…….its known as politics over country.

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  32. Frustrated Businessman: enact Facilitation Martial Law! July 21, 2017 at 11:16 AM #

    TMW. Exactly.

    For eight years the DLP gov’t has been warned about their methods and ineffectiveness. They have ignored genuine, helpful, management, financial and governance advice from black, white, brown, grey, rich, poor, business people, clergy, old DLP stalwarts, and everyone else who was energised by their 2008 election win and the promise of change to the ‘old boy’ system. They did not ignore the bribe-payers.

    There was never any dialogue and there has never been any management; only politicking and teefin. They had no idea what the job of governance entailed and the failed to ‘learn on the job’.

    Now we are here and they still don’t have a clue. When they are all gone they will be forgotten by history.

    So all forces need to be brought to bear to remove them quickly and try again to work with the next lot. Change brings enthusiasm, just like it did in 2008. That enthusiasm was squandered by fools then, only idiots would let it happen again.

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  33. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 11:26 AM #

    Mr Charles Herbert stated that it is incorrect to say that they were not supportive of all of the unions actions…..Brasstacks on VOB this morning in response to David Ellis.

    Business folk make views clear
    NO, NO AND NO!The Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) supports neither the recent budgetary proposals nor the trade union-led industrial action taking place.And…
    nationnews.com
    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/98857/business-folk-views

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  34. Frustrated Businessman: enact Facilitation Martial Law! July 21, 2017 at 11:43 AM #

    VH, more confused messages.

    If the private sector was supportive of the unions we’d be striking with them.

    A union victory is a pay increase to ease their pain while leaving the rest of us hanging and Barbados in further decline.

    The only thing we have in common is disappointment in poor governance. The solution should be obvious to all.

    We are too distracted by the symptoms to deal with the disease.

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  35. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 1:43 PM #

    FB

    I am going to be a bit optimistic on this issue by reading the tea leaves as follows.

    …..Charles Herbert clarifies their position vis a vis the stance of the unions by declaring qualified support for their actions on VOB Brasstacks today.

    …..Members of the private sector and the Unions met today.

    …..NUPW called all the shop stewards for a 5.30 pm meeting today.

    Hopefully what you were suggesting has happened and we await the next move to see if I read the tea leaves correctly.

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  36. David July 21, 2017 at 1:51 PM #

    It appears Herbert and the BPSA has run out of patience with this unpopular government.

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  37. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM #

    David

    Oh yes….but only the Unions have the power to force the game…….what will be their quid pro quo??

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  38. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 2:01 PM #

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  39. Frustrated Businessman: enact Facilitation Martial Law! July 21, 2017 at 2:06 PM #

    I hope so VH but the unions could also be over-reaching.

    The already useless transport board and port authority were very quick to jump on the opportunity to work even less than they already do when asked to do so. They are both part of the problem, not part of the solution and both prime candidates for privatisation.

    On the other hand, the already over-worked and under-paid doctors and nurses who have been struggling with poor facilities and resources for decades did not respond at all to a call to ‘go slow’ today. Their jobs are safe and they stand to benefit from any increased resources a properly managed Barbados might be able to allocate.

    The union might get better support for some kind of no confidence statement and supporting action than they are getting for an increase in pay. Bajans are not stupid, they know full well who will have to do the paying. They are walking a tightrope between the desires of their membership who they are paid to represent and the public good. They can ill-afford to lose public support.

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  40. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 2:18 PM #

    FB

    Sorry that the Barbados Today video is off…..but it was a clip of Ms Moore and Mr Herbert calling for a march on the 24th July with businesses asked to close…..they have upped de ting and the Private sector is involved

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  41. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 2:21 PM #

    Unions and the private sector team up for joint march next Monday | Barbados Today
    Unions and the private sector team up for joint march next Monday
    The Barbados Workers Union and the Barbados Private Sector Association today called on all Barbadians to participate in a march next Monday, July 24, as they…
    http://www.barbadostoday.bb
    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/07/21/unions-and-the-private-sector-team-up-for-joint-march-next-monday/

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  42. Frustrated Businessman: enact Facilitation Martial Law! July 21, 2017 at 2:22 PM #

    VH, very good news that we are doing something.

    BUT WHAT ARE WE BEING ASKED TO MARCH FOR?

    Has anyone said ‘this gov’t has brought us to the brink of destruction and needs to be changed now! Show your support for immediate elections on July 24th!’?

    That has been my point all along. Everyone knows what the problem is but we are arguing over symptoms. The symptoms are what divide us.

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  43. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 2:33 PM #

    FB

    One step at a time…..we now have the unions and the Private sector on the same page….I agree that they should be marching for elections…..hopefully Primus will continue to be intransigent and not meet or meet and do foolishness….which will force them to march again for an election date this time.

    Marching to amend this budget is nonsense….an election date or nothing.

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  44. Hal Austin July 21, 2017 at 2:48 PM #

    If the private sector and the trade unions are collaborating on taking strike action against government policy, what about the church?

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  45. Hants July 21, 2017 at 2:52 PM #

    ” Stop it now!
    Private sector urges unions to end industrial action ”

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/07/20/stop-it-now/

    Unions and the private sector team up for joint march.

    What a puckin discombobulated mess Barbados is in.

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  46. David July 21, 2017 at 2:57 PM #

    Next will be flight of capital!

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  47. Hants July 21, 2017 at 3:05 PM #

    @ David,

    I hope the government does NOT call an election until next year because the “New parties” need more time to establish themselves.

    At the moment the ONLY alternative is the BLP.

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  48. Hal Austin July 21, 2017 at 3:08 PM #

    David,
    Capital flight started years ago, that is why the collapse of the top end housing market and the construction sector.

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  49. NorthernObserver July 21, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

    Any one eyed man is king in a blind man land…..

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  50. vincent haynes July 21, 2017 at 3:15 PM #

    David

    We will have capital flight if no elections are called.

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  51. NorthernObserver July 21, 2017 at 3:19 PM #

    @Hants
    I disagree entirely…the best any 3rd party will do is split the vote. The B’s are offering little at this point…the choice….what you have now or an unknown…..don’t assume it will be a walk over, a LOT of people owe their living to the GoB. It is one ting not to get a raise, it something else not to have a job?

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  52. vincent haynes July 21, 2017 at 3:23 PM #

    Both parties are agreed on the way forward the only thing is the elections…..this govt wants another term…..hence country has to suffer.

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  53. Tell me Why July 21, 2017 at 3:28 PM #

    @David or Frustrated Businessman

    All this could have been avoided. Being stubborn don’t help the situation. To me, this NSRL was never thought out, just a figure was selected and thrown into a budget speech, no one seems to know which should be first, applying the 10% NSRL and then VAT. Should the NSRL value be subject to VAT or the total NSRL amounts. ($100.00×10%=$110.00) PLUS ($110.00×17.5%=$129.25) OR you vat the value of $100.00 which is $10.00×17.5%=$11.75 making it $111.75 paid by the consumer.

    Just a simple dialogue would get the ball rolling. We know S. Lashley isn’t happy, we know the Don is concern with it, we know that Essie isn’t happy either. Would these choir boys have the balls to protect constituents. I doubt.

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  54. Hal Austin July 21, 2017 at 3:29 PM #

    Northern,
    I agree with you. The BLP thinks it is smart not to give the people an alternative on the basis that nothing can be worse than the DLP. They may get a nasty surprise. Look at Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

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  55. David July 21, 2017 at 3:49 PM #

    The BLP gave the people the privatization alternative last time around and the DLP won by flipping the message. Politics and messaging!

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  56. NorthernObserver July 21, 2017 at 3:52 PM #

    @TMW

    the ex GofCB threw a wrench into the wheels, when he did an about face. They were forced to get rid of him, but the cat was out of the bag. Much of what had been “rubbished” was now supported by a team member.

    This march focus is BS. So give back half, drop it to 5%, then wha? Tell the unions and PS to go and suck salt for a while? Bim is so deep in debt a few %NSRL points do not make any difference, and then in a few months we’ll be told we failed to meet budget expectations….because of the cut in NSRL. Beauty….they have avoided wage increase talk, and the PSA is no closer to discussing the deficit.

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  57. Frustrated Businessman ready to shut down this country to force elections. July 21, 2017 at 3:56 PM #

    Investment capital is long gone, I’ve been typing that for years. All that is left is private cash sitting in banks which won’t take risks in this market; it might as well be on the moon.

    The only hope for new investment is a change of gov’t that chased it away years ago.

    As I said, confidence/enthusiasm will only return with new leadership. 25% of risk-takers are ‘early-jumpers’, 75% are ‘wait and see’. That 25% would make a big difference to our economy right now.

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  58. Prodigal Son July 21, 2017 at 4:11 PM #

    Th unions avoided talking about wage increases because they were told by Sinckler that there would be none forth coming.

    The unions understand that the country is in ducks’ guts and as I understand it, they were feeling that if hey could at least get the levy reduced, the hardship being imposed on its members would be a little less.

    The Minister was unconscionable to take what was supposed to be a temporary tax from 2% to 10% without any consideration for people who have not have a pay increase for years.

    But in the meanwhile they had fooled the electorate……..and we know that the dems are masters at tricks on the electorate………….they appeared to have been making a sacrifice by taking 10% cut but the hypocrites took it back……………..their supporters flooded Brasstacks with calls that the economy was growing and that the MP’s were entitled to get their money back.

    But did they just get their money back?? The bastards took back the 10% and retroactively……….

    And dlp sympathisers from over in away are being critical of the unions?

    Give me a damn break.

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  59. Tell me Why July 21, 2017 at 4:17 PM #

    @NorthernObserver

    It is simple. You cannot taxed a country out of recession. The more taxes you introduce will stagnate the economy – less cash flow means less taxes in the coffers. Although we are having serious cash flows we still building monuments waiting for ministerial plaques that our future generations will have to repay. Do we have to accommodate Carifesta in these hard times. Spending 7 million and making 2 million still leave a 5 million deficit.

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  60. Prodigal Son July 21, 2017 at 4:21 PM #

    Now I remember how incesened at that Esther Byer……what a drain on taxpayers she is.

    She said that she deserves her money back as that was not what she signed up for…………she signed up for one salary and it was cut…………moron!

    Could someone explain to Ms Byer that the NIS money is not government money……..it is the s money of taxpayers who pay into the scheme which should be there for them and not to be spent willy nilly.

    I heard her ranting in the Senate this week that people who get laid off dont want jobs before the 6 months is up and that they are taking the government money instead of taking a job.

    What a moron!

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  61. Prodigal Son July 21, 2017 at 4:32 PM #

    TMY

    Shortman must have played “powful” foolish and announced out of turn…. “oh yes Barbados can host it”……. when no other country would. Sensible people.

    I spoke to a former senior officer who was in the department that had responsibility when Barbados previously hosted Carifesta. She said that anyone who went through that experience would know that Barbados should never host that festival of horrors again. The host nation is always left holding a big bag of debt.

    …and to think that this government would even think about spending this sort of money after the fiasco of the millions spent on Independence and to what end?

    Has anyone namely Maxine McClean ever told the long suffering people of this country if this country ever realised the millions she said was going to come in as a spin off from the 50th Independence celebrations?

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  62. Vincent Haynes July 21, 2017 at 4:38 PM #

    FB

    Looks like some of the members are backing down,necessitating Charles Herbert to come back on VOB at 4.30 news to state that some may not participate but the proof of its effect will be the numbers on Monday,he stressed a low turnout will mean that govt can do what it wants……we shall see on D date.

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  63. Tell me Why July 21, 2017 at 4:47 PM #

    BTW. I realised that Burger King had an immediate injunction to stop work at a new branch near Royal Bank. Poor Bizzy seems to be guinea pig. What about de harder rock ignoring and went ahead and build a massive structure. Two whites, two businessmen and only one being penalised. Who is friend and who is foe.

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  64. Tell me Why July 21, 2017 at 4:56 PM #

    I don’t have a problem with the BHTA not participating since the Tourism sector is firing on all cylinders. This is a hypocritical statement by the Chamber of Commerce who speaks in two tongues. Members will see a deterioration in business with this NSRL since shoppers will reduce spending. Monday will see who’s who got the guts to be counted.

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  65. Prodigal Son July 21, 2017 at 5:50 PM #

    A friend of mine was in New York recently.

    He told me that he attended a lime where there were members of the dlp diaspora. My friend told me that these people believe all the drivel that the PM and DLP MP’s spout out when they are up there.

    One of them told my friend……….”Freundel will not call the election until he has to. He is going down to the wire”.

    If true, we have to brace ourselves for the rough long haul. In the meanwhile, I will do my part by joining the march on Monday.

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  66. CHAUCER July 21, 2017 at 6:35 PM #

    The private sector now hijack , dilute and waterdown unions protest ;merchants step in to control the workers. They say don’t touch the ports, who is the massa now?

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