Social Partnership Meeting | Come Together and Make it Work…

Mia Mottley and Freundel Stuart represent the duopoly

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.” –
Shakespeare

The headline in one of the newspapers blazed Eye to Eye on violence supported with a picture of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley. The immediate thought by the BU blogmaster was that the leaders of the two main political parties had joined forces in the national interest to serve as a calming influence on the country days after the Kadooment Shootings. After perusing the opening paragraph of the newspaper article such a lofty expectation was dashed. It was the usual political palaver full of sound and fury, signifying nothing!

In 1978 the great Bob Marley staged the One Love Concert that will be etched in history when he called for Michael Manley and Edward Seaga who represented the two main political parties operating in a fractious political environment at the time to shake hands. One senses that the Barbados landscape has become fractious- not to the same degree as Jamaica but trending- and there is the opportunity for a signal act by relevant parties to send a message to the population that we are Bajans first and must come together to make it work.

The contentious meeting of the Social Partnership will be held within the next 24 hours to address the call by the unions and private sector for government to engage in greater dialogue. On the agenda is the request by the unions for government to implement a coping subsidy to soften the impact of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) on public workers. The decision by the government to publicise the event (we wait to see if it happens) is a clear indication that there is distrust of the partnership by a key member. Many fear it will an opportunity for grandstanding by political participants with a few months to go until the next general election. BU is of the view there is the opportunity for the heads of the various stakeholders of the Social Partnership to publicly demonstrate to the country that despite the contentious issues on the agenda, it is ONE LOVE. Why not invite Mia Mottley and a couple leaders from the religious community to participate at tomorrow’s meeting, it would be unprecedented but viewed favorably as being in the national interest. Will NEVER happen!

Whether by accident or not, the Acting Governor of the Central bank Cleviston Haynes has scheduled a press briefing for Friday 11, 2017 at 11AM to review the performance of the Barbados economy for the first six months.  It promises to be an interesting 24 hours.

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284 Comments on “Social Partnership Meeting | Come Together and Make it Work…”

  1. Kevin August 11, 2017 at 10:36 PM #

    Rosalyn Smith made the best contribution to me. The collection and policing of taxes is seriously lacking. I like the idea of retired customs officers or other officials going out there on commission to try to get who owe tax pay. Millions and millions are outstanding in tax. If half of that was in the Treasury, it would do Barbados a lot of good. Sinckler sounded weak, going all over the place. Well done to the acting top of the Central Bank for his presentation as well.

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  2. Prodigal Son August 11, 2017 at 11:49 PM #

    Boo hoo, angela skeete……….you yardfowls were on BU bragging……..watch for what the sleeping king will do……

    The unions and the private sector exposed and laid bare the naked the king and his minions, have you now realised the plan backfired?

    Curse away at Charles Herbert………I am sure he does not need to do this but he is like everyone else, a Barbadian who only wants the best for the country we all have to live in.

    Boo hoo……take your medicine, it was bitter for you…….the MOF is the one who got exposed as the most incompetent MOF ever!

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  3. Commentator August 12, 2017 at 12:14 AM #

    Prodigal you haven’t answered on Caswell Franklyn’s absence. Toni Moore and Herbert ignored Unity union. I would listen to Caswell before Herbert and his trade union stooges. The PM had the last word. He made it count. He and the Governor created favorable impressions.

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  4. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 3:20 AM #

    Commentor…no they did not.

    The only impressions viewers were left with are ones of 9 years of incompetence.

    Why are yardfowls so blind.

    It was plain for everyone to see, this government does not have a chance in hell of being reelected.., and it’s all their own doing,.

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  5. Frustrated Businessman. Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. August 12, 2017 at 6:48 AM #

    WW, reelection has not been the issue for most of us for some time. Economic recovery is the problem, every day we get further away from it.

    As I see it, Toni’s position is the easiest to understand. The NSRL needs to be put on hold for the two months Fumble’s Fools promised to have completed a comprehensive economic plan, in consultation with the social partnership, and put that plan in motion.

    We all know that deadline is impossible but the MOF set the trap for himself by stating it.

    Akani’s coping subsidy while wage increases are negotiated is an impossibility at this point.

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  6. Frustrated Businessman. Animal Farm sequel playing out in Bim. August 12, 2017 at 7:00 AM #

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/08/12/were-in-trouble/

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  7. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 7:31 AM #

    Tonie Moores position is one of i want what i want and i want ut niw.
    Her stubborn approach if govt should take her position would undercut rather than help the public servants
    If the NSRL as tabled by the govt should bring in more revenue then the possibilty of the public servants getting a better wage increment increases. What Toni Moore refuses to realize that her stubborn approach can lead to less in the long term rather thsn more for public servants
    She need to listen to economic advisors other than those who have attached themselves to the blp brigade

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  8. Fractured BLP August 12, 2017 at 7:36 AM #

    A wonderful meeting was had yesterday.

    The unions could not get all that they wanted

    The private sector could not get all they wanted

    The government had to stand its ground because bills have to paid and revenue has to raised

    So when you pause NSRL , VAT and whatever else……how is the shortfall in revenue going come from ???

    The millions $$$$$$ spent on GREEDLAND ?????

    The millions $$$$$$$ spent on EDUTECH ????

    The millions $$$$$$ spent on DODDS ?????

    Those projects are still being paid for ….,in an economic situation of declining revenue collection and inflows

    Get real and give the measures some time to work

    The majority of Bajans realise that ……

    Unless you are Miller , Prodigirl , Enuff and other doomsayers…….

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  9. Fractured BLP August 12, 2017 at 7:54 AM #

    BARBADOS’ 🇧🇧 most esteemed leader

    The Honorable Prime Minister Freundel Jerome Stuart in a classic display oratorical wizardry

    again demonstrated to the world that he has intellectual and intestinal fortitude to take and conquer

    the dishonest elements that resides in the bosom of the Private Sector Association, BWU & NUPW

    Not even the Grand Ole Duke of York…….though present for the day entire meeting…….dared raised his voice or interject at anytime

    Barbadians need to ask Sir Roy Trotman …….why he remained tight lipped ……though he was there ?????

    In light of how he once as head of the BWU he vehemently attacked the Private Sector ……with the Royal Shop and Sandy Lane saga !!!

    He too must have been ‘ alarmed ‘ like most rational thinking 💭 Bajans…….to see the PSA and BWU fighting against the Government of Barbados 🇧🇧 to save…..,JOBS !!!

    Oh what a CRUEL …. twist of Fate …..

    Thankfully…..Cedric Murrell and CTUSAB ………kept their heads on !!!!!

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  10. Bush Tea August 12, 2017 at 8:09 AM #

    Biggest Joke of the meeting is the government not having an UP-TO-DATE, COMPREHENSIVE, DETAILED economic plan for Barbados in hand, ….when they just completed a national budget and estimates, and after having received reports from the IMF, Central Bank, various committees, …and their hoards of Public servants in the ministry.

    On what basic did they make decisions about taxes? … if they cannot answer SIMPLE questions from the union?
    Why would it take so long to complete preparations to commence the talks that had been promised?

    This government is comprised of the most incompetent jackasses that one can conceivably imagine. They spent 9 years doing complete shiite, wasting money, selling out Barbados for bribes … to now come at the last hour challenging others to come up with a ‘solution’ to the ‘problem’ in six months or shut up….

    The single greatest ‘problem’ with our economics…… Witless Jackasses are running things.
    The FIRST STEP in any solution.

    The PM’s wrap-up was tasteless, uninspiring, juvenile, and it CLEARLY demonstrates that under his leadership, we are destined for DEATH….

    Get rid of the jackasses….ASAP.

    This is another waste of vital time.
    What is needed is a COMPLETE NATIONAL SHUTDOWN until elections are called.

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  11. David August 12, 2017 at 8:11 AM #

    @Bushie

    Mt even a simple act of muting his mike to spare the public the sounds of his sighs of boredom!

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  12. Armando Rodriguez August 12, 2017 at 8:13 AM #

    Carson, Angela & Fractured

    You can play the race card to the cows come home but ain’t going to work this time. You bastards tricked the good natured bajan public with funny economic numbers and iPads, beads and trinkets but you will not be that lucky again in 17/18 no matter how much you try make the private sector and minorities the villains, Bajans done work out that wunna are PISS POOR and could not manage a puss up in a brewery. Failures.

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  13. Bush Tea August 12, 2017 at 8:23 AM #

    @ David
    The man is a low-grade disgrace as a leader…. even as a person.

    What manner of political party would tolerate such an attitude for nine years after KNOWING from the very beginning (ref the Eager 11) that he was TOTALLY unsuitable for the role?

    What manner of country would tolerate such a political party for so long…

    BBBBBBBs….

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  14. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 8:49 AM #

    Bushman….now that bajans have seen and heard the incompetent wastes in their entirety on national TV, sitting in the people’s parliament drawing salaries and perks every month for doing precious little, spending and wasting taxpayers money wildly, giving the money away to minority crooks, and will still receive pensions at taxpayer’s expense at the end of their destruction of the people and country.

    A national shutdown is quite suitable at this time…..

    ..bajans have seen with their own two eyes that 5 more years of these useless fools will see most of them homeless on the streets and starving…

    It was not rumor and gossip..they saw them all on TV, could read their body language, see their arrogance, nonchalance and lack of care for any suffering they will cause the majority who they need to elect them.

    They refused to say what they did with the first introduced NSRL tax collected ftom Sept 1 last year, but added another 8% on the tax to collect free money, instead of collecting taxes already owed for the last 15 or 20 years.

    ..but they always got money to fete and throw parties and celebrations.

    They dont deserve not one seat.

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  15. Money Brain, August 12, 2017 at 8:53 AM #

    Pingy
    “Right Excellent David Thompson”!

    Of the Fagan Society?????????????

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  16. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 9:19 AM #

    Speak of arrogsnce.still cannot understand how Toni Moore logic and willingness to throw public servants under the bus can be applauded
    Her illogical thinking of giving up govt proposal a propsal which would guarantee jobs and wages increased for the public servants boggles the mind

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  17. Vincent Haynes August 12, 2017 at 9:20 AM #

    Chuckle……The PM has won, by bamboozling the unions to accept a 2 month moratorium on any actions and at the end of it, another meeting, live again will be held where he will kick the bucket further down the road.

    The only one who realized what the play was, was Charles Herbert who could only wait for the unions to act.

    Hopefully on sober reflection Toni will realise the Princes’ hand at play and decide on a different course of action.

    The PMs sole purpose at present is to ride out his 5 years with the expectation of another 5 which he may very well get based on his ability to win his plays so easily.

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  18. David August 12, 2017 at 9:23 AM #

    The private sector has already acted. Check the Central Bank report 1.net foreign capital infows 2. the level of international reserves, and 3.the liquidity level in the banking sector and the lack of interest in government securities.

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  19. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 9:48 AM #

    Armando! Who played the race card for sure the hypocrisy that was shown when those two entities march left nothing much desirable to think of. Here Toni Moore saying that the workers in the private sector under her watch is being represented at yesterday meeting. What a load of horse sh.it. if that is so how come she seldoms pick teet about the unfair disadvantange dolled out to workers in the private sector
    Toni Moore needs not one dose but many doses of reality doses which would bring common sense and truthfulness to her mind

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  20. Hants August 12, 2017 at 9:54 AM #

    Lest wunna fuget!

    http://www.dlpbarbados.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/DLP-Manifesto-2013.pdf

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  21. Vincent Haynes August 12, 2017 at 9:54 AM #

    David

    Correct and as FB keeps saying, nothing will happen under this govt of Stuart.

    One starts to feel sorry for Sinckler as we are now getting the impression that his hands are tied by the PM who sees the greater political picture as opposed to doing what is correct for the country that will damage his agenda.

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  22. David August 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM #

    Some will say the DLP’s position was noble not wanting to send home public sector workers but now there is the reality that despite consistently high revenue collection it has been unable to effectively manage expenditure. Bear in mind even with the partial rollout of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) collecting taxes has been a challenge.

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  23. Hants August 12, 2017 at 10:06 AM #

    @ David,

    I the current capitalist system Barbados cannot have government as the biggest employer.

    Successive governments make promises they can’t keep.

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  24. Vincent Haynes August 12, 2017 at 10:10 AM #

    ‘We’re in trouble’ | Barbados Today
    ‘We’re in trouble’
    Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur says by any measurement today’s Social Partnership consultation on the economy was an abysmal failure for the simple fact that no common ground was achieved on the…
    barbadostoday.bb
    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/08/12/were-in-trouble/

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  25. Retribution-things that make me go hum! August 12, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

    And who is surprised- surely not me! I can’t for the life of me comprehend why Bajans Cannot or simply refused to understand the phyche of the PM – His attitude is I am the PM, I need no advise you imbeciles- how dear you call a meeting to challenge me.
    The tax stays or I will send home public servants and the blame will be on you (the Unions) – You fools, You force ripe lot!

    Let’s March again, straight to Illaro Court and demand he packs his bags.

    This country is held hostage by a dictator and the slaves too weak to see it.

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  26. David August 12, 2017 at 10:39 AM #

    Have no fear if what you have suggested were to occur the prime minister will act with haste to invoke the powers granted under the public order act.

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  27. Retribution-things that make me go hum! August 12, 2017 at 10:45 AM #

    By the way – Fractured, you are nothing more than a Brass hole. Vex is shite with the Unions!

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  28. Retribution-things that make me go hum! August 12, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

    David, sometimes a riot is absolutely necessary

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  29. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 10:51 AM #

    What Owen says is insignificant when it comes to barbados debt. He was the one who had promised Barbadians that Inder his watch they will be a rainy day savings and now the rain is pouring not even an umbrella was left by his adminstration to protect barbadians from the rain
    Furthermore he is still fuming at the mouth because barbadians rejected his Privatisation quick fix and in another effort to prove himself right he is on a last ditch effort with another recommendation to send Barbados to the IMF one which barbadians will reject
    His mouthings are only a reflection of what he prefers even though barbadians are saying NO
    Oh btw was it not under his watch in good times when reserves fell that he borrowed at high interest rate to shore them up which now in all probablity has contributed to barbados burdensome debt
    Also not to forget the wastage and over spending on his watch things that OSA conviently forgets as negatives factored into barbados present debt

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  30. Retribution-things that make me go hum! August 12, 2017 at 11:06 AM #

    You are living under a rock Ms Angela, I can assure you, come next year this country will be rejoicing to see the DEMs gone. And; let me tell you, this Government has performed so poorly their will be a forgotten party.

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  31. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

    Carson……or is it 5% NRSL the union is offering, which is even more generous, it ups your tax intake to a whopping 7%…..I think it was 5% they said.

    Fruendel and Sinckler are being unreasonable.

    Fruendel and Sinckler are being greedy.

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  32. David August 12, 2017 at 11:12 AM #

    @Retribution

    No part of the duopoly is forgotten.

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  33. Fractured BLP August 12, 2017 at 11:20 AM #

    Retribution

    You are a loss soul !

    So too the BLP !

    If you want to prove me wrong ……answer these questions :

    Does George Payne still have Edmund Hinkson in the High Court for calling him a THEIF ????
    Has the High Court of Barbados decided the case about Maria Agard expulsion from the BLP as yet ?????
    Is the BLP truly UNITED ????

    4 Do Bajans really take the BLP moojuns and minions like you seriously…..knowing the decisions on those 2 interesting cases will come before general elections ???

    You better be careful what you ask for ……JACKASS !!!

    Over to you on the questions above ……

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  34. Fractured BLP August 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM #

    Retribution

    Every rational thinking Bajan ( except you of course ) is waiting with bated breath to see if George Payne as Chairman of the BLP will drop the case against Hinkson……to prove that Hinkson was CORRECT in calling him …….a BIG nasty THEIF !!!

    Oh what a nasty BLP mess ……of which …….Retribution is the CHIEF……bottle washer !!!!

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  35. NorthernObserver August 12, 2017 at 11:32 AM #

    http://imgur.com/a/POaVR

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  36. David August 12, 2017 at 11:34 AM #

    You have been coaxed out of semi retirement? You have a lot of work to do. Good luck!

    Btw, if he is found to be a tief he will join Michael Carrington, in good company with the speaker! Note the common s, a sign of deliberate disrespect.

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  37. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 11:35 AM #

    Retribution whether govt go or stays. The debt has to be paid as articulated by govt at the meeting yesterday
    What should be more of concern to you and be asking Mottley what plans she has in mind to paying down the debt
    Her closed lip policy on this issue would not score her any political points when the election bell rings
    Most now are aware of the fact that in a nation of 275thousand it takes more than a twenty thousand marching band to win an election

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  38. Fractured BLP August 12, 2017 at 11:47 AM #

    David

    A good try at coming to Retribution assistance !

    But it just doesn’t cut it !

    Michael Carrington honored his obligations to his client as ordered by the Court.

    What ever reasons Michael Carrington failed to honor them before the Court were never revealed by Carrington nor the Court .

    If you knew why …..then tell us

    But George Payne can still drop his case against Hinson !

    The Court has not determined the case as yet

    Think seriously about that !!!!!

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  39. Fractured BLP August 12, 2017 at 11:54 AM #

    That should read ” before the Court intervened “

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  40. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 12:19 PM #

    Yesterday meeting was also a reflection of the gawdflies and traitors like Charles Herbert that are associated to Mottley political strings
    If a dlp supporter had use such damaging langauage like the words of Herbert which meant harm and devastation
    Mia Mottley would have envision with much angst and provacation a willingness to have a march against govt or even another call for Stuart to resign
    However she had decided to keep all her rotten sheep in the fold those of Charles Herbert breeding to ensure her political war chest would be lacking for nothing
    Her patriotism should be placed under a microscope as a leader and as one whose aspirations to be leader
    when she puts traitors and demagous before barbados security and best interest

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  41. Hants August 12, 2017 at 12:36 PM #

    Desperate situations may require quick action but when you sell yuh house yuh still got to pay somebody rent.

    “THE EXPECTED PROCEEDS from the divestment of Hilton Barbados and the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) will be key in boosting Barbados’ flagging foreign reserves.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/99596/hilton-bntcl-sales-critical

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  42. Vincent Haynes August 12, 2017 at 12:42 PM #

    Herbert has stated what everyone including the operatives know………..

    Christina Smith Created : 12 August 2017
    Barbados News
    Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Charles Herbert

    The private sector has been pleading with the Stuart-led administration for dialogue for the last two months and on Friday they, along with the other social partners finally got their wish.

    However, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), Charles Herbert is of the view that any real progress or results from the discussions are not going to materialize. Further to that Herbert believes instead of making any adjustments to fiscal policies, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart will drag out dialogue until the 2018 General Elections are called.

    He spoke to Loop News after the conclusion of the Social Partnership meeting on Friday after more than six hours of discussions with the union movement, government ministers and private sector heads.Out of the meeting it was decided that the sub-committees of the Social Partnership would continue consultation, a decision Herbert said the private sector was “very disappointed” about.

    “I don’t think that we had the dialogue and responses from government that we wanted and we think that the dialogue that they are promising going forward is with their Senior technocrats and the government ministers are still refusing to have dialogue directly with the social partners. So we are very disappointed.”
    

    Herbert’s position no doubt stems from the last round of consultations with the sub-committee of the Social Partnership which saw the private sector compile a list of recommendations for government to be used in the planning of the May 2017 budget, none of which were ever taken into consideration.

    He said the partners will proceed with the sub-committee meetings as scheduled but he does not believe that the framework is one that is “geared for success”. When asked if he believed government would stretch out the dialogue until the next general elections, Herbert said “absolutely”, adding there was not much the private sector could do at this point.

    “Government has a right to make decisions and there isn’t much we can do. Ultimately it’s a political matter. We have shown them the desire for dialogue and the willingness to corporate.”

    President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Akanni McDowall, said he believed consultations will be a “very long and difficult process” but the unions will continue to fight for their members. McDowall added the “political game” of government will not stop the union from agitating for public servants.

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  43. Hants August 12, 2017 at 12:55 PM #

    If they sell Hilton Barbados and the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) .

    If they start the Hyatt with overseas money.

    If they privatize GAIA and the Bridgetown port

    …… the DLP will win the next election and I will return to Barbados to spend my $Can pension.

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  44. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 1:14 PM #

    Herbert is a bold faced liar and one who cannot be trusted with pen and paper. Putting pen and paper in Herbert hands is an invite for social destruction.
    His apperance at the meeting yesterday was sickening

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  45. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 1:28 PM #

    Everything is in the unions hands, they get to decide when they have had enough.

    They should make that decision themselves and not be coached or rushed by the private sector, who still do not want to see their employees unionized or being paid decent, liveable salaries, above the slave like minimum wage.

    The unions have the numbers on their side.

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  46. David August 12, 2017 at 1:31 PM #

    The meeting yesterday achieved nothing, the three sides dug in and never yielded. We can safely say the social partnership is dead under the Stuart government.

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  47. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 1:32 PM #

    As the governor of central bank pointed out, even if a few state owned entities are sold….there will still be a gap…of at least a year….in the finances.

    Government is completely out of time.

    When ya fail to plan, ya plan to fail.

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  48. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 1:36 PM #

    The Unionsand the so called Head if tge Private sector had more than twelve gours if consultation.
    The NSRl is law and the Unions and Private sector only reason for further consultation is to pick the flesh off till there is nothing but bones left.
    What govt needs to do is call a meeting of all govt employees and let them decide on rather going forward they prefer the NSRL or job losses
    That process would cut out the middle man tactics those of stalling and kicking the can up and down the political field. Enough is enough

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  49. Vincent Haynes August 12, 2017 at 1:46 PM #

    Chuckle…..these operatives are well coached…..one must give them credit for continuing to spout baseless nonsense about the misguided budget and the doomed NSRL.

    Charge of the light brigade…..not to reason why……into the valley of death…..road the 600…..ah well we have them in Bim as well.

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  50. David August 12, 2017 at 2:10 PM #

    #parrots

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  51. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 2:22 PM #

    Lol…definitely.

    Fruendel could call all 25 or 30,000 public workers and ask them to choose, same difference, he will be kicked out of parliament.

    Yall can brainstorm and regurgitate all day long, it’s still inevitable.

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  52. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM #

    Back to Sudoku

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  53. angela Skeete August 12, 2017 at 2:33 PM #

    The govt is going to throw the Unions and Herbert another curve ball and just watch how it bounces off their knees and right into the hands of PM Stuart . lol

    ###Sudoku

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  54. Armando Rodriguez August 12, 2017 at 2:36 PM #

    Angela

    The arrogant government won no victory yesterday, despite what you might think. They looked silly, immature and incompetent.

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  55. Armando Rodriguez August 12, 2017 at 2:37 PM #

    Why do you think Estwick told the PM to ‘kiss his ass’ when asked to attend the foolish televised nonsense of yesterday?

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  56. Armando Rodriguez August 12, 2017 at 2:43 PM #

    Toni Moore took on the idiot Sinckler and made him look the fool he is. She did is a manner which was rather cunning but in the end you could not come away with a feeling other than Toni Moore bitch slapped the Minister of Finance and left him sulking like a little boy.

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  57. David August 12, 2017 at 2:48 PM #

    Agree she got under his skin. He started his first intervention using mono tone. After Toni’s response he reverted to his usual rumshop brawling delivery style.

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  58. NorthernObserver August 12, 2017 at 2:56 PM #

    “What govt needs to do is call a meeting of all govt employees”…I agree.

    Just make sure ALL means ALL, and you put ALL the NGO and subsidized body employees in the same room as ALL those making salaries and wages represented by the unions. They can hang a placard around their necks publicly showing how much they make, and the subsidy provided by the government. Then watch the fireworks!!! Only then will ALL realize exactly what is public in this small island. And ALL those on the GoB’s expense list.

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  59. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 2:59 PM #

    It will be refreshing to see this government kicked out by the same people they neglect.

    …they showed yesterday that they do not care how this tax hurts the majority, the most vulnerable in the society…as long as they get it done by election 2018 so they can fete and celebrate…

    ….despite the government being the one to create the mess.

    The unions can apply pressure strategically.

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  60. Armando Rodriguez August 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM #

    The issue here is that the DLP cannot afford to be seen as being forced to give the workers in Barbados raise, this would undermine their plans of given them a raise just before the general elections, claiming the Barbados economy as sound (like in 2013) and they asking to be returned to office.

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  61. Prodigal Son August 12, 2017 at 3:19 PM #

    But Well Well……………did you not hear the PM say yesterday that he does not see this widespread poverty and suffering that the unions are talking about.

    The man lives in an alternate universe……….in a bubble. Oh betide him when he is no longer PM. The man is going to go nuts.

    I guess he looked at all of the young people out partying during Crop Over and thinks that is the reality of the majority. Even so there was fewer bands and fewer revellers. Many of them may have run up credit cards, depended on working parents or friends….who knows? But that partying life is not the reality of most people.

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  62. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger. August 12, 2017 at 3:38 PM #

    Leave him Prodigal…as soon as Fruendel is kicked out, he will have to start budgeting, as things stand they have all been rolling around in free money for nearly 10 years.

    I want to see how many S-Class Mercedes he will be able to afford then.

    Freeness rarely last.

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  63. Money Brain, August 12, 2017 at 3:52 PM #

    Froon is “clever,” he does not see poverty because he knows NOT TO LOOK!

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  64. Prodigal Son August 12, 2017 at 3:53 PM #

    @Armando Rodriguez August 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    I agree with your comment.

    These morons think that they are the greatest political animals. I worked that out yesterday, hence the kicking of the ball down the road until September.

    The irony is that last year when the NSRL was first introduced, it was to help the QEH and to purchase garbage trucks. If the tax did so well and raked in so many millions and they did not buy a single garbage truck which were urgently needed…………..does anyone think the Stinkliar is not going to use this money to help plug the huge hole in the monthly requirements he has to deal with every month as he outlined?

    There is going to be no money to give public workers a coping subsidy far less any salary increases. If a pay increase was to be granted in October how are they going to pay for it in the ensuing months?

    I hope the unions are seeing through this idiot’s BS.

    In September I predict that the Stinkliar is going to make a huge claim that the NSRL has raked in more money than was anticipated, hence a raise for public officers……….a quick election with enough time to prevent the truth from coming out on the economy and then whaplax………..lay off 10,000 before Christmas.

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  65. Money Brain, August 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM #

    Angela U are the 2nd most stupid Angela on Earth. Moronic Angela Merkel part of a nose ahead. Hope the Corrupt Traitors in Govt PAYING U really well???????????/

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  66. Hal Austin August 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM #

    Poverty is relative. A barefoot boy from Marchfield who gets a pair of shoes thinks he is progressing.

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  67. Hal Austin August 12, 2017 at 3:56 PM #

    Moronic Angela Merkel? How can a Bajan call someone moronic?

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  68. Money Brain, August 12, 2017 at 4:11 PM #

    Hal, Any “leader” that permits 1mn refugees to come in to their Nation in a short period of time, that are of a very different culture and that have not been properly vetted is a MORON! Germany and France will soon be at each others throats especially when ItalExit occurs!

    U maybe a Moronic Bajan but I know for certain that I am not. I did NOT Vote for DLP–pisspoor “leadership” and who was going to fill the critical post of M o F—a MOFO did.

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  69. Hants August 12, 2017 at 4:41 PM #

    Trump’s supporters are rioting

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40912509

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  70. Vincent Haynes August 12, 2017 at 4:46 PM #

    This world is all about evolving.

    ….the same way the european tribes were received with open arms by the native tribes of what is now known today as America and the rest is history.

    …..Angela is now fullfilling the destiny of the world by embracing the dispossesed tribes of the middle east and Africa.

    Mans dreams and wishes will always be subject to genetic construct involving continous dislocation by movement.

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  71. Hal Austin August 12, 2017 at 4:57 PM #

    Money Brain,
    Do you mean she is a moron, or the policy was wrong? I think the language of discourse used by many people on BU says a lot about them. Because someone disagrees with you does not mean they are morons.
    I think what was wrong was allowing too many of the wrong people in to the country. They will change Germany forever.

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  72. millertheanunnaki August 12, 2017 at 5:16 PM #

    @ Money Brain, August 12, 2017 at 4:11 PM
    Hal, Any “leader” that permits 1mn refugees to come in to their Nation in a short period of time, that are of a very different culture and that have not been properly vetted is a MORON! Germany and France will soon be at each others throats especially when ItalExit occurs!

    If only the native Americans (Amerindians) and native Australians (Aborigines) had heeded your advice what a wonderful world of no racism or apartheid we will be living in today!

    There would have been no Boers in South Africa to claim it as their ancestral homeland and Cecil Rhodes would have been a white hero character in a comic book like the Phantom and Tarzan.

    You, MB, should not continue to trick black people (over baked by the Sun) and those of deficient melanin hue into believing in your Western–doctored book of myths and tall tales where Adam & Eve and Noah and his three sons and their wives are the fathers and mothers of all mankind on mother Earth today but would still want to keep them out of the Garden of your Western Eden

    “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips.

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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  73. Hal Austin August 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM #

    Jethro,
    Sorry, what advice have I given?

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  74. millertheanunnaki August 12, 2017 at 6:53 PM #

    @ Hal Austin August 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    There is a movie titled Shallow Hal in which the main male character cannot tell the difference between a dumb blond and a sexy manatee or sea cow.

    But come on, old scout, we don’t want you to play such a silly part while climbing your imaginary Sisyphus-ladder to intellectual apotheosis.

    We can see that you behave like a Pavlov-trained dog wanting to be transformed into a god (anagram of a dog) but to be so intoxicatingly addicted to the adulation of the miller as to misunderstood whom he was quoting is like being transmogrified into an incestuous clone of ac aka angela Skeete the perfect ass in the jungle of academia.

    But just remember Hal, He who wants to become a god must first pretend to be an ass.

    Now go back to Class 2 at St. Giles for a lesson in basic comprehension or to the Milk Room under the rigid supervision of Mrs Greenidge where your basic hands-on skills would be most appropriately deployed.

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