UNEMPLOYMENT Fund is Broke, Time for Straight Talk Chairman Leslie Haynes

The following was posted as a comment by Walter Blackman to the Walter Blackman’s Political Insights blog – David, Blogmaster

Based on the link to the NIS investments, provided by NorthernObserver, all BU readers can now sing from the same Hymn sheet – see link https://www.nis.gov.bb/investments-2/

Here are the facts, and the questions to be asked:

The unemployment Fund is broke. Not a cent is left. No bonds, no cash. Nada. Zilch. Rien.
Where will the money come from to pay current and future unemployment benefits? Remedial action has to come down the pipeline very soon.

Government owes (i.e the politicians misused our money) $2.8 billion to the National Insurance Fund, and $0.1 billion to the Severance Fund. There is no cash in the Severance Fund. Where is the money currently coming from to pay the workers’ severance that employers are refusing to pay?

Is the law being broken with respect to the payment of unemployment and severance benefits?

The only way Government can repay the money owed to the NIS is through taxation. Who will the Government tax to get the $2.9 billion for the NIS?
The Baby Boomers have started to retire and will do so by the thousands every year until 2033. How will their retirement benefits be paid? Something has to be done very soon

At the beginning of 2015, the NIS was paying roughly $40 million per month (just think about the multiplier effect this has on our economy) in NIS retirement pensions. That amounts to $480 million per year, and $960 million over two years.
We can therefore understand what the Chairman of the NIS meant when he said: “there are sufficient funds there that we can see this through at least for the next two years.”

However, the Chairman went on to say: “So there is no cause for concern.”

Every BU reader can now look the Chairman of the NIS fully in the face and say: “We do not agree with your assessment of the NIS, Mr. Chairman. There is great, great cause for concern, and in fact, we are very, very concerned. Next time you speak, please tell us what is the Board’s solutions to the massive NIS problems we face.”

…what are the Board’s solutions?

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  • HAL & CARSON
    YOU ARE TO JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION, YOU NEVER KNOW HOW EXPRESSING YOUR VIEW MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

    BUT YOU MUST BE NICE LIKKLE BOYS AND SAY WHAT YOU ARE TOLD TO SAY YOU MUST NOT OFFEND ANYONE OR MAKE THEM VEXED OR MAKE THEM STEUPSE, AND YOU MUST BE PREPARED TO BE TALKED DOWN TO BY FOLK OF INFERIOR INTELLECT

    YOU MUST HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR WHEN YOU COME HERE

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  • The opposite is also true of the blog master who would allow any and everyone to crticize the past govt and never interrupts the blp yardfows mouthings
    The country social and economic slide has gotten so bad that when Mia speaks in lambasting terms about the public criticism the media tells her enough is enough
    Even as the murder rate keeps climbing to the number 50 Mia and the attorney general voice is silent
    Things dread and David has lost sight of that reality

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  • I can’t for the life of me understand what any of them are trying to cover up, particularly the thieves and racists in the fraudulent social partnership….they have been exposed for years, and long before that they were ONLY ATTRACTING thieves and racists like themselves, especially in the dependency racist tourism sector, particularly AFTER they went and ROBBED the likes of Simon Cowell and a bunch of other millionaires and billionaires in their 4 seasons scam…..they are only going to get the dregs of the earth, just like themselves to want to invest…to suck the money right out off the island…

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  • MARIPOSA
    AS WE USED TO SAY AT HC IN 6TH FORM IF THE BLOGMASTER TALKED INTO A BESSEMER CONVERTED HE WOULD PRODUCE LOTS OF STEEL . LOOK UP THAT ONE TO SEE WHAT HE TALKING
    THIS IS BARE FUN

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  • @ Carson C CadoganNovember 27, 2020 2:58 PM
    “BLACK PEOPLE want food to eat he is talking about a waterpark:”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Those same “BLACK PEOPLE” also ‘NEED’ the housing project at Exmouth and the Chinese-built Performing Arts Centre at Brandon as they were promised by your deceitful lying politicians (DLP) since 2012.

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  • GP

    Take easy don’t let that worry you.

    What goes around , comes around.

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  • Cant imagine that if all the murders and robberies committed were against Whites that there would be so many and on a continual daily basis
    The AG once said that these crimes were part of a set criminal element
    Therefore i take it to mean that this criminal element mostly black lives does not matter in the overall scheme of justice
    But back to the racial lines i would bet that if these crimes where generated within the white community by now govt would have found resolution to stop them

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  • RE i would bet that if these crimes where generated within the white community by now govt would have found resolution to stop them

    NOT TRUE AT ALL
    THE GOVERNMENT IS CAPABLE OF GOING ANYTHING EXCEPT TALK………AND BEG………
    RESOLUTION WOULD INVOLVE CEREBRATION

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  • Did you coggers read the article? The project it is reported started five years ago. Who would have approved it five years ago? The blogmaster knows- the prime minister Mottley.

    Steuspe

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    WELL. WELL. WELL.

    WHAT A PATHETIC ATTEMPT.

    YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THE BLP GOVERNMENT WAS ELECTED 2 1/2 YEARS AGO WHICH IS HALF OF THAT TIME AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO RESOLVE HENCE BUSINESS AS USUAL.

    YOUR ARGUMENT TO DEFEND DOESN’T EVEN MAKE SENSE EVEN WHEN TIED TO A 5 YEAR TIMELINE.

    HOWEVER IT IS YOUR BLP PARTY SO CONTINUE “SMARTLY”.

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  • Instead, what has been spewed has been the vilification of the media for doing their job and seeking answers to the questions being asked by workers. But the media have not been alone in attracting the ire of the new state and labour pairing. Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn, seen by many as providing labour’s last stand in the prevailing environment, has also been the butt of attack for daring to question Government’s narratives. Mr Franklyn has put forward his opinion on the ramifications of the changes to the Severance Payments Act. Government and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) have also stated their position. We do not propose here to examine the merits or demerits of the opposing views, but suffice to state two realities. Workers have not been taking to the streets in recent weeks because all is well on the industrial front. Whether the changes to the legislation have indeed left them at the mercy of employers or not, or have placed an extra burden on the state, or is being misinterpreted by those purporting to know, the reality is that there are workers who have been home for almost a year and are not getting all the benefits for which they would have contributed or for which the law makes provisions. They are gathering on the streets to protest, not to party. The second reality is that thus far he who has both been vilified and simultaneously courted by Government has been proven right in his every confrontation with the state thus far. And that reality was not created by the media.

    It is also interesting to note the convenient nationalism that nestles in the bosom of some of the island’s stakeholders. During last week’s tripartite press gathering, one social partner had an epiphany where the suggestion was that the media must be wary of what it reports since the country was being observed internationally by investors or others who might be targeting Barbados for business or pleasure. This epiphany came against the background of growing industrial unrest that had not been staged, managed or fabricated but merely reported by the media. One could not but reflect on the excoriating remarks made in relation to Barbados’ sustainability and viability during the pre-2018 period, and ponder on whether the speaker had travelled to Damascus within the last few years. Reporting truths should not be conditioned by political change or sudden conversion.

    We are in the midst of a debilitating pandemic and the Government carries a heavy burden. It has done well in several instances and is deserving of praise. The labour movement has served Barbados magnificently in the past and is also deserving of praise. However, when both misstep as all institutions do at some stage, they cannot and should not be allowed to twist the narrative to suit their purposes at the expense of workers, the media, or any solitary soldier filling a gaping void that has been created, some might suggest, in the name of capital. There are some things worth gathering to fight for.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/11/27/bteditorial-workers-gatherin-to-protest-2020/

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    HHMMM.

    I GUESS LOCALS THROWING SHADE.

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  • Yep…time to stand up for your rights, the black face sellouts in the parliament care NOTHING ABOUT the majority who elected them, all of this has been happening for way too many decades…time to stop electing lawyers and the other packs of self-hating wild beast to the parlliament that black people fund..,,

    …am going to stop calling the house negros animals, it’s a direct insult to the ones who show love to their own species, i’ve seen animals show more care, regard and commitment to each other than i’ve ever seen those two-legged savages display to their own Black populaton in Barbados in all my years….once they’re are elected and adorned with fake colonial titles and even faker pedigree.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/11/28/its-unfair-202011280300419945/

    “Former workers at the Savannah Beach Hotel are calling on other unemployed tourism workers to rally together and take a stand against what they deem as disrespect and unfair treatment.

    Their appeal followed a near two-hour protest by more than 20 ex-employees in front of the Hastings, Christ Church property yesterday. They complained about the inability to get their severance pay, described it as “unfair”.

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  • Oh yall can find the money to pay now that ya rotten human rights violating names got splashed all over the world, they always slither into the island when they hear how uncaring toward their own people the sellouts of parliament are, but this time they were in for a goddamn shock, disrespectful, low crawling racists that they are….that’s the only kind wicked sellouts invite into the island…

    People on the island now have a very useful social media weapon to expose all the wrongdoing against themselves in Barbados, they better continue to use it effectively going forward, nonstop, yall done know that ya government cannot be trusted at any time of the day, week, month, year, decade or century….since Mia and her gang think they can bully and obstruct the press for trying to help the workers get paid..

    “The Club Barbados Resort on Friday backpaddled on its earlier position and began the process of paying outstanding severance to its disgruntled former employees.

    This action capped off a weeklong protest in which the laid off workers became vocal and critical of the management’s decision not to pay them the outstanding monies but to refer them to the state’s National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to cover the costs.

    The payment process began on Friday ending the persistent agitation of employees who charged their former employer of going back on an earlier deal to pay their severance in two tranches – October and November.

    Today, dozens of workers streamed onto the premises of the Holetown, St James property to collect their severance payment, with mixed feelings about the ordeal.”

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  • “Legislation could soon be coming to make it easier to punish lawyers who steal their client’s monies.”

    Teets is weighing in, but am sure we’ve all heard this one before for decades…

    “New attorneys have been warned not to fiddle with client funds as they enter the profession at a time when they have to adapt to changing costing practices and other challenges.

    This was the charge yesterday from Chief Justice Patterson Cheltenham as he welcomed 32 lawyers to the Bar in his first such address after taking up duties from November 1.”

    Is that the best that one can do, regurgitating the same old shite we have been hearing for years, while knowing what the REAL PROBLEM IS, yes, he has to settle into a new job, but, last CJ i had high hopes would something about the corrupt supreme court, turned into another dud, so i will reserve judgement until this one shows his intent, will know soon enuff and will be more than happy to share with everyone……… he of all people knows what’s been happening with lawyers robbing and selling out clients, and the whole public every opportunity they get…………what about telling ALL THE LAWYERS IN THE BAR the same thing, including not TIEFING OLD PEOPLE’S PROPERTIES, robbing them and generations of their beneficiaries, and sharing it between themselves and with tiefing ass minorities…

    …how bout telling ALL the lawyers in Barbados to stop robbing the dead and unborn, how bout telling them to COMPLETE all their cases, stop dragging out cases that involve the elderly and others, they judges too can hold some blame, since they project themselves as enablers of these crimes, so the elderly and others could die before cases are resolved. insurance companies get to pay out less if anything at all and they all get a cut, because the vicious lawyers believe they are entitled to get paid for someone else’s pain and misery…how bout all of that..

    .new young lawyers are always trained under old greasy lawyers like the above pictured one, and they train them to be just as scummy as themselves, the stories about how they intern those lawyers are horrible, told by the new lawyers themselves, many left the profession immediately they entered it, because of those clowns…….this one is playing he don’t know that…

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  • I see that yesterday, somebody sold 2.2M shares of ICBL at the price of $1.78/share. Relevant only because the NIS is one of the larger minority shareholders, and this was the price offered recently by the majority shareholder. 2.2M shares is +/-11% of the shares not currently owned by the majority shareholder.

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  • @NO

    Speak English, are you saying ICBL are working around NIS?

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  • No.
    When the Bermuda company (BF&M) sold their majority share, that triggered the offer. The new majority owner, offered to buy out all minority owners at $1.78, which was well below the prior trade value of $3/share. The NIS owns +/-4M shares. Under local rules, if the majority can acquire 80% of the outstanding minority, then they can get the last 20% by compulsory acquisition. The math suggests the NIS may own just enough to block the achievement of 80%. [fyi there 39,346,682 outstanding icbl shares]

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  • @NO

    This is what you needed to post for the benefit of the ignorant and buffoons..LOL.

    Persaud if memory serves has indicated government will not be selling.

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  • Thompson said he wasn’t selling the minority shares in BNB bank either, and withing months it was….SOLD…

    Nothern….do you know if there are any pubic shares held by public companies in NIS…have they ever offered shares in the entity, i know first they will have to go public, IPO, but ya never know with lying politicians, cow and those other crooks who don’t even pay NIS for their employees, were too free to tief from that entity…

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  • All of these protest and not a BARBADOS WORKERS UNION leader in sight. The workers are having to take matters into their own hands, so many people speak to speak on their behalf but none to be seen .

    Where is INCHES, where is TONI MOORE, where is AKANNI , where is MARY REDMAN, the cat got their tongue??????

    They have taken the workers money as UNION DUES buy MERCEDES AND BIG BMW cars for them selves but they are not representing them. Is this NOT FRAUD???? Can they not be taken to Court in Barbados????

    WHERE ARE UNIONS SRTIKE FUNDS??????

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  • Which would seem to be the correct decision. The last holdout “may” be able to get a premium? But if the other minority owners also holdout (the initial post was merely to indicate ONE had budged at the $1.78), then it’s all moot.

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  • “do you know if there are any pubic shares held by public companies in NIS” (pubic…. lol)
    NO. The NIS does not have shares.

    Click to access National-Insurance-and-Social-Security-Act-CAP47.pdf


    That said, the NIS itself, owns shares in a number of companies. Given their lack of recent reporting, I have no idea exactly what they own.

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  • Where are the Barbados Trade Unions now that the WORKERS need them most????? No protests, no marches against their beloved Barbados Labour Party Govt.?????? And their beloved Barbados private sector???? The WORKERS have to fend for themselves after they pay their Trade Union dues, no representation from the Barbados Trade Unions???

    What is going on?????

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  • This is the results of courting racist companies who are always on the lookout for free labor, happy to exploit black people, weak leadership, weaker labor laws allows this….i keep warning the Black majority to take their cases to international courts because your leaders are no good and never work in your best interest…the fact that they pay extremely low salaries, deduct and don’t pay in your benefits and turn the low paid staff into frustrated haters of black people prompted to attack their own….is more than enough reason to expose them even further worldwide…should have known there was a dirty boer pig hiding in the shadows somewhere…

    “Nyobi D. Naziah
    NovtemSmberfgu Se26 tmpoaisnssit 8oor:09e gPdslstidMghag ·
    Disgruntled G4S-Barbados Employees meet your company chief executive officer South African Ashley Almanza. In consideration of the recent handling of bajan staff by international based businesses operating on these shores, perhaps the government and the Union should consider making representations directly to the CEO. The BWU said they stand in solidarity with the disgruntled guards but should show the same by taking robust international action. G4S has not been shy of employee based controversy having lost a similar matter regarding their treatment of staff in Indonesia. G4S is the world’s largest security company measured by revenues. G4S has operations in more than 90 countries and over 570,000 employees worldwide. G4S is the globes THIRD-LARGEST private employer, the LARGEST European and African private employer, and among the LARGEST on the London Stock Exchange. G4S has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. It goes without saying, that G4S can easily afford to provide better pay and better working conditions for their bajan employees. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, G4S was the subject of a GLOBAL campaign by union workers alleging that its subsidiaries undermine labour and human rights standards.

    Some of these groups were organised under the banner of the SEIU-funded Focus on Group 4 Securicor. Group 4 or more popularly known as G4S, was the subject of protests at their Securicor’s annual general meeting in London. Was the BWU a party to the global campaign on behalf of G4S Bajan employees and the G4S operations here? In 2006, the US State Department Report on Human Rights in Indonesia, that was released in March, featured an ongoing dispute in Jakarta, Indonesia with G4S. In July 2006, the Indonesian G4S workers had a substantial win. Ashley Almanza became CEO of G4S plc on 1 June 2013, replacing Nick Buckles. He faced a pay revolt in 2019 over a £239,638 cash payment he was due to receive to bolster his retirement (about half million bajn dollars). The Investment Association, which represents British institutional shareholders, is understood to have given the payment an “amber top” rating, alerting members that it raises potential concerns.

    The Businessman and acountant from the once Apartheid system of South africa, Almanza, is also a director of Schroders and Noble Corporation. Bajans the Indonesians had to take their plight beyond the shores of G4S-Indonesia. Perhaps the employees of G4S Barbados should urge their Union Reps to commence the same. In 2011, G4S became a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the international standard to promote socially responsible business behaviour including human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In 2013, G4S launched a Human Rights Policy, co-authored by human rights expert Dr Hugo Slim, aiming to align the company’s practices with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to introduce additional global guidelines for areas not currently covered by existing standards. Our PM is quite the vocal UN enthusiast, perhaps she can report the plight of the Bajan G4S workers directly on behalf of the workers to the UN. You may also consider contacting Suisse who are the biggest shareholders in the British company. G4S is a founder signatory of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), a multi-stakeholder initiative convened by the Swiss government.”

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  • @ Baje

    Right again. The problem with the chairman is that if he were not chairman most people would just ignore his posts. They are among the worst on BU.

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  • The blogmaster will take your comment as a compliment. A man who once gave $1,000.00 to a stranger on the promise to buy a timeshare on the south coast. All you can do is criticize destructively criticize Barbados You and your gang of throwashade never have any thing constructive to say about Barbados. Be off and go and watch your rugby..

    Your hypocrisy knows no bounds, have no problem criticizing anonymous commenters but you are quick to agree and form alliance with same anonymous commenters once they agree with you.

    The pleasure this blogmaster gets every single day is to see your tail et al up and down BU’s pages, every single day. Not bad for a buffoon and illiterate eh?

    You may have the last word.

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  • “That said, the NIS itself, owns shares in a number of companies. ”

    and therein lies the rub, it’s the other way around. plain as day…the corruption BEGINS AND ENDS IN THE PARLIAMENT…with all involved from the social partnership of crooks dipping their dirty tiefing hands in public funds and their wicked slave catching mouths always up in Black people’s business all the time..

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  • This is Commisiong response to the Belize diplomat comments about govt cabinet

    Regarding Beale’s belief that Mottley should reduce her 24-member Cabinet, Comissiong added: “The test of whether a Government minister is justified is whether that minister is giving value for money. If that minister is producing and delivering something of value to the nation that justifies the expenditure on the minister. That should be the test you apply, not simply a question of numbers
    Xxxxxxxxc

    I must say i agree with Commisiong comments since Commisiong has served no worth of value or justifiable purpose in govt for the salary which he is collecting

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  • That’s the only way that pension fund could be CONTINUALLY ROBBED LIKE THAT for decades….until it’s now BROKE.

    Thanks Northern…ya just have to ask the right questions to arrive at the correct conclusions

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  • He is performing the same role as his predecessors Bobby Morris and Denis Kellman,

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  • David Nov. 28 2020 7.32am
    He is performing the same role as his predecessors Bobby Morris and Denis Kellman,
    Xxxx
    Poor u this one deserves a Steupse long and hard
    Your defense of govt is becoming pathetic

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  • Your answer says it all.

    Carry on.

    #yardfowl

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  • Group of Companies ponzi scheme, finally collapsed.

    Northern, it will be interesting going forward…

    ..black people need to stop spending their little pennies with all of these minority companies, let them all collapse..as they’re are about to, Mia’s picking up the people’s money by the hundreds of millions to bail them out while the people suffer, won’t mean a thing if they have no income, they will eat it all up….when there’s nothing left, that’s the end..for them..

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  • A good morning to all.
    Shoe some love and respect to each other.
    Let’s just focus on issues.

    @Wura …. You are now leading the TheO’s poll in selecting “The People’s Champion”

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  • I love typos
    Shoe, show shot, shod, shop
    stew, stow, stop
    Slew, slow slop
    And the winner is
    Shoe

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  • Hal

    Your articles are excellent keep up the good work.

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  • Theo…we need help to convince the people that they have to let go of what is basically NOTHING USEFUL OR PRODUCTIVE IN THEIR LIVES. created for them by DBLP crooks and sellouts……remove their minds from ALL mental enslavement, colonial brainwash, mindwash, politician LIES and start on their new journey to actually accomplishing something in their new freedom, away from lyinging, sellout politicains and evil, slave catching hungry, hand to mouth minorities feeding off their backs and off their children’s future…

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  • @ Mariposa

    David Commissong NDP, DLP, People Empowerment Party, BLP, ABC ETC., MUST SING FOR HIS SUPPER.

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  • HAL
    RE The problem with the chairman is that if he were not chairman most people would just ignore his posts. They are among the worst on BU.

    ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN LIFE IS THAT IT SEEMSTHAT YOU MUST NOT TELL THE TRUTH OR EXCEL, OR SEEK TO EXCEL, BUT IT IS VERY HARD TO GIVE UP THE PRINCIPLES YOU WERE TAUGHT IN CHILDHOOD AT HOME, AT SCHOOL AND AT SUNDAY SCHOOL, OR FROM YOUR BIBLE READING

    BAJE
    THINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN BETTER FOR David Commissong & LEROY MCCLEAN IF BARROW HAD LIVED LONGER
    David Commissong DISSAPOINTS. HE DID NOT NEED TO PROSTITUTE HIMSELF AS YOU POINT OUT
    I AM PROUD THAT LEROY MCCLEAN HAS NOT

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  • I Ain’t Coming Back

    How de RH wunna could sit in Barbados and put Leslie Haynes an associates of some of the white collar criminals who were charged with money laundering as chairman. Mia is de most deceitful politician and Arthur did warn wunna. Everybody silent

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  • You would not believe that I try not to comment but then one of you dig me out of my little hole…

    ABC???

    😃NDP, DLP, People Empowerment Party, BLP, ABC ETC., MUST SING FOR HIS SUPPER.😃

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  • You would not believe that I try not to comment but then one of you dig me out of my little hole…

    ABC???

    😃NDP, DLP, People Empowerment Party, BLP, ABC ETC., MUST SING FOR HIS SUPPER.😃

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    I ADDED ABC BECAUSE THE MAN BEING WITH EVERYBODY THAT HE CAN RIDE COATTAILS.

    ABC IS FOR ANYONE I FORGOT OR FOR THE FUTURE

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  • It’s that labor law Mia amended to accommodate these greedy fckers, while knowing that the severence fund is broke that’s going to be her downfall..Accra is not a new kid on the block and should have systems in place to PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/11/28/accras-management-responds-to-protest-by-former-employees/

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  • Bake
    I got it first time. I thought it was very clever that’s why I gave it emphasis

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  • Baje
    Had to correct again here.
    Between typos and auto-correct I am dying.

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  • Theo…these days i have to surf, things just refuse to settle down in Barbados, this is going to keep going for at least another 2 years, they just don’t know how very difficult things are going to get for them because of their own actions through the decades, they will wish that they had DONE RIGHT BY BLACK PEOPLE..

    ….don’t even know how to tell them, but they will find out just as they did about the bullshit reparations TREND that they used to be on before the 50 billion dollar reveal…ah gotta save the laughing…

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  • Another beautiful day in Barbados. People are readying for Xmas, those in need will be assisted by the many charitable organizations as occur annually. The sun is out. Just passed a couple of popular beaches and Bajans are out enjoying island life.

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  • @ David,

    I Virtually down hwere by Paynes Bay Fish Market.

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  • SAY IT ISN’T SO

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    Crime playing havoc on Barbadian communities

    Like COVID-19, crime is also a public health problem.

    That is the assessment of Professor of Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Dr. Dwayne Devonish, who said both COVID-19 and crime had similar devastating effects on communities.

    “It is something that we have been touting for years, that crime is in fact a public health problem. When you look at COVID and crime you can draw some clear parallels because the kinds of impact that COVID has had on businesses, are pretty much the same for crime.

    “Think about it, if we had realized that there were convincing media reports that they were COVID cases that were traced at a business, you could see that many persons would divert their attention away and perhaps move to other areas to stay away because there is this type of psychological stigma that is associated there.

    “That is the same thing with crime because if someone is shot, you will find that the business would experience a reduced demand for some time,” Dr Devonish explained.

    He made the comments this morning while releasing the findings of his study The Social Cost of Crime via Zoom.

    He explained that the results came out of a two-part study conducted in 2018 on the social and economic impact and costs of crime.

    Professor Devonish explained that crime had a multi-dimensional effect on society.

    He said while some impacts were easily monetized, social impacts were less tangible, less direct and oftentimes made the monetization of the costs much more difficult.

    He pointed out that the study looked at a non-monetary social cost perspective and examined the perspectives of Barbadians and their experiences and perceptions of crime and its impact on their perceived safety and security.

    One thousand and fifty residents were interviewed for the study and these came from low, middle and high-income areas across the 11 parishes in Barbados.

    Social sectors such as the church, police, community groups and economists were also interviewed.

    Professor Devonish said the study focused on violent, personal crimes such as robbery, burglary and theft.

    He said one of the main findings of the study was that Barbadians were very concerned with the level of crime on the island.

    “The majority of Barbadians had a negative outlook of crime. Over 70 per cent of them indicated that the crime situation was very bad or bad,” he said.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/11/27/crime-playing-havoc-on-barbadian-communities/

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  • @Hants

    A good spot.

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  • @ Baje

    We seem on BU to discuss the same topics over and over again without bringing anything to new to the table. The idea of crime as a public health issue came out of Glasgow, then the Mayor of London, after tip-toeing round the issue of the police and black crime, came down on the public health side too. It is nonsense and a refuge for criminologists and weak politicians who do not want to stretch their brains.
    It is interesting to see that a professor of management is now putting forward this argument in Barbados – a couple days after a professional criminologist made a public case for victims of crime. The victims of crime are the state.
    The idea is that crime is the result of poverty, poor mental health, etc. It does not, however, answer why is it in nearly all developed countries with a sizeable black population that the black people form the largest number of those incarcerated. If we are so sure we know the causes of crime, when then can’t we fix them?
    Crime is a social construct, and it reflects the distribution of power within any society. That goes from economic crimes to domestic violence to so-called white collar crimes.
    How the criminal justice system responds to the crime, and the extent of punishments, depends on where the offenders fit in the pyramid of anti-social behaviours.
    Victimology emerged in the 1970s from the US, post Vietnam, as a right wing response to the so-called war on drugs; it was heavily contested, especially in the UK among radical criminologists. It is also part of the feminisation of the law.
    Although it is right that so-called domestic violence should rightly be taken seriously, the person making the allegation of violence is the complainant, not victim, until the accused is convicted. The current narrative does not encourage this.
    Just as the state frees itself from any responsibility for crime, and blames it all on the individual; that denial of collective responsibility means that those wider obligations can go undealt with.
    For example, the narrative of county line crimes. If the county line kids are trading drugs, then there must be a market. Why are the drug users never arrested?
    We had the same hypocrisy in the US under Bill Clinton with the assault on crack cocaine and pure cocaine, part of the myth was that crack was highly dangerous because users had to use more to get a kick. I remember a Scotland Yard detective getting angry with me because I refused to buy in to that story.
    What is sad is Caribbean policy-makers and academics accepting waffle from theorists based in North America and Europe lock stock and barrel without really interrogating them.
    Crime is not a public health issue; it is social and political. People with mental health issues are not criminals, they need help.

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  • CCC why you don, t go back under the rock you were hiding under since 2018 when the dems get redwashed? You were so ashamed you hid for two years until you hear about a by election leaving Mariposa to take all the blows.Tell us when people was protesting and marching where Mr Morris, Mr Maloney, Mr Clarke , Mr Shepherd and others were during the lost decade.I seemed to remember Mr Stuart talking about white noise and Mr Jones threatening teachers about loss of pay.Who he can threaten now?The truth as you know is that theafprementioned persons sold out the workers all through the lost decade a nd not a peep out of Mariposa or you.You all think bajans suffering from amnesia.You all tried that trick in the by election with dome stat of the unoin address and failed miserably.You are a hyprocrite who do not seem to learn anything from failure and you will continue to fail ad you have no credibility in my opinion.

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  • The employers are laying off their workers with out paying them severance as the law requires. They are holding the workers money but what they are doing is sending them the the NIS pension fund.

    What they are doing is wanting to pay the workers with their own money while they the employers hold on to their MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. And the thing about the employers have the blessing of the BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY GOVT..

    The employers are breaking the law against the workers. They are committing FRAUD THEMAND THE BARBADOS TRADE UNION MOVEMENT. And it seems like they are getting away with it .

    One of these laid hOTEL WORKERS need to go to the ROYAL BARBADOS POLICE FORCE AND REPORT the matter against their employer. And get the ball rolling. These employers are breaking the law and they are consequences.

    DONT MIA AMOR MOTTLEY CARE ANY LONGER?????

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  • Based on what can we conclude that the hotels have the money to pay the severance? Don’t forget that many have not generated revenue since March last year. During that time the properties, pools, grounds etc had to be maintained and land taxes and insurances had to be paid. Now in a perfect world one could say that a well run business would have a seperate severance fund put aside for such occurrences, but in the real world who would ever of thought the tourist sector would be totally devastated as covid has done globally? Also it is not just the hotels, local car rental businesses have folded as well. Many of these smaller rental companies were owned by black Barbadians too. Are we going to blame them because they can’t meet their obligations? For those of you that have only ever run your mouths and never run a business, let me tell you losing 80% of your revenue over a 10 month period is a cashflow battle few can win. By the time Covid is over millions of dollars will be lost forever and thousands of people in the hospitality sector will be made redundant, while at the same time a great deal of locally owned black and white owned businesses will be closed by no fault of their own. We all need to stop and think on that for a while..

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  • You are talking as if the Hotels were in Business for the only the past two years.

    They have been in Business for DECADES.

    They have been making millions of dollars OVER THE DECADES. THEY CAN AFFORD TO PAY THEIR WORKERS. they are just playing the fool because the Barbados Labour Party Govt. is letting them get away with it. Relying wrongly on the NIS pension fund. Which is not theirs. One of these laid workers need to involve the ROYAL BARBADOS POLICE FORCE. BECAUSE WHAT THE ARE DOING THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW AND NEED TO HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THESE EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE LOCKED UP.

    What they committing against the workers is FRAUD .and thieving.

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  • But I don’t understand this????

    The NIS is not there for that.

    Paying the workers with their own money. Well I never see such madness. And the BARBASDOS TADE UNION MOVEMENT THE SO CALLED WORKERS PREPRSETAIVES DOING nothing. Because their beloved Barbados Labour Party Govt. in power.

    You see how they are selling out their own people.

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  • A hotel or any business for that matter may have on their books retained earnings but the mistake people make is they think that these funds are sitting in an account in cash. 99% percent of a companies retained earnings are in fact reinvested in the company so as to try and expand it. So a small family car rental or guest house will take this year’s profit and put it towards buying another hired car, or a in the case of a guest house may add on 2 more rooms. Stop and think of all those tourist businesses that started with one car or 1 old boat or an old wooden guest house, but are today established businesses. The people that have built these businesses need to come and share with the public what they went through and the sacrifices they made to bring them to where they are today. Trust me it’s not a case of putting each year’s profit in a safe and not wanting to take it back out again. Mind you I am not saying the hotels and all companies for the matter, should not honour their obligations, what i am however saying is when companies have had their income devastated for 10 months solid wherein they experienced an 80% fall off in business, we need to understand their reality. This is true whether it is a hotel, jetski operator or hair braider. They all are having problems meeting their obligations.

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  • The reality of the matter is they need to pay their displaced, unemployed , BARBADOS TRADE UNIONISED workers their monies.

    What are the workers to do???? They are getting put out of their homes and being made HOMELESS along with their children. What are they to do????

    They cant pay their light bill, buy food, pay their car payments to the same WHITE BAJANS AND INDIANS, what are they to do ??????

    They are being set back years. No body cares about the workers????? Are they only to be used and then discard like so much trash?????

    Are they Only important every FIVE YEARS?????

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  • I agree these people deserve their money as they too have bills to pay. I think covid has taught us that the entire NIS fund needs to be restructured with a provision made in the form of a Catastrophy Fund. Who is to say that we may not experience in the future God forbid other horrific type setbacks and we need to be prepared.

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  • Lorenzo havent u noticed that it took Mia only two years to place the social environment of barbados on death rattle
    Blood and guts daily all over the street
    People on the job being held at gun point
    Crime and violence out of control
    Yuh think the people not noticing
    Btw the whole of barbados does not live in SGN a place that the blp called a community of idiots

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  • John A

    I appreciate your comments.

    But the workers are suffering.

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  • What i believe is govt must find the intestinal fortitude to take legal action against the hotel owners
    It cant be business as usual when corporations steal from govt and workers
    The old excuse of jobs and investors taking second looks because of govt taking legal action against corporate thieves does not wash
    Fact being that the end would justify the means one which gets rid of the garbage potential investor who takes for granted that barbados is a free for all playing field to take advantage of govt and worker.
    While on the other hand opening the door for the investor that have an attitude for principles of fair and right
    Jail time is the only way to handle these crooks

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  • @ Carson

    I agree but this is a case that is totally unplanned for. Look at the Billions in aid the cruise ship industry are calling for in aid to avoid bankruptcy. The airline industry same story. This level of fallout is unprecedented in modern history.

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  • Seeing this posted by 2 or 3 people since the 25th, so there must be some truth to it..

    “Minister Santia Bradshaw announced today that Unemployment Claims have exceeded 75,000. Barbados needs our prayers people.”

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  • @ John A

    YOU SEEM TO BE A REASONABLE MAN.

    HOWEVER MOST OF THESE HOTELS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR MANY YEARS AND WOULD HAVE EARNED HUGE PROFITS ALONG THE WAY WHILST BENEFITING FROM MANY LOAN PROGRAMMERS UNDER VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AND OTHER INCENTIVES.

    MOST OF THE LARGE IF NOT ALL ARE OWNED BY NON BLACK BAJANS AND WOULD HAVE BEEN LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG FOR MANY YEARS,

    NOW IT IS TIME TO PAY THE PIPER THE LOWLY PAID BLACK EMPLOYEES WHO SIT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TOTEM POLE AT THEIR MERCY.

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  • @ Baje

    I agree the workers need their money after all they have commitments too like everyone else. The problem is neither the NIS, the employer or the union could of imagined anything like this. Maybe the union needs to also consider a strike fund from here on as well. A percentage of all dues could be placed in this fund and invested for such an event.

    Thing is a hotel makes money between December and April say, but then either breaks even or loses money in the other months. So in the past they were able to weather fall outs like the bombing of the towers etc, but a 10 month fall off in revenue to 20% of what one is accustom to is a whole other story.

    All involved here therefore need to rethink their game plan.

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  • @ Baje

    I agree with you 100% that these workers need to be paid. Many of these are lower paid workers living pay cheque to pay cheque. The problem is why don’t the unions have a fund in place for such events too?

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  • The Trade Unions are supposed to have STRIKE FUNDS that can be used for such purposes.

    Where are they??????

    They have taken the workers Union dues to supposedly to defend them. Now that want help where are the Barbados Trade Unions?????

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  • If the workers have to help themselves, then there is no further need for the Barbados Trade Unions.

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  • If the workers have to help themselves, then there is no further need for the Barbados Trade Unions.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    NAILED IT.

    NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP BEING USED AS DISCARDED PAWNS BY THEM AND THE POLITICIANS.

    THE EMPEROR AND EMPRESS BOTH HAVE ON NO CLOTHES.

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  • What has happened , is that ONE PARTICULAR SECTOR of the country has decimated Barbados. The workers through no fault of their own are now paying a heavy price. They are least able to bear the heavy load.

    Covid 19 is good, Covid 19 is bad. Covid 19 simply is exposing the nastiness.

    Covid 19 the great leveller.

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  • @John A

    Your point is taken. You have to factor that in the so-called loss decade these businesses have been operating show string with marginal retained earning. Not to mention the mom and pop operations. Covid 19 has created a challenge for businesses everywhere.

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  • should be “”unable”” non line two

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  • What lost decade these people talking about????

    Ask the 3% of the Barbados population if they experience any “lost decade”?????

    Ask them if they living conditions were any different from decade to decade in Barbados. Ask them if MILLIONS OF DOLLARS DID NOT COME THEIR WAY. Ask them about the Millions of dollars of no bid contracts which came their way.

    What about the crumbs which they gave their workers??????

    This “”Lost decade ” is propaganda of the BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY GOVT. AND THEIR SUPPORTERS to keep BLACK PEOPLE at odds with other BLACK PEOPLE and to keep their eyes away from the people who were making the real money.

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  • Then we must therefore ask the Barbados labour party the question, what was in it for them as POLITICIANS????

    To sell out not themselves, but sell out the large majority of the population of Barbados as we are seeing now.

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  • Can someone help about the below?
    Back in September Mr. Persaud said the following about the BEST Program:

    “If that means someone would be without unemployment benefit for a few weeks, we will extend that too. We don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks while trying to get people back to work,” Persaud explained. “Under the scheme the entitlement to severance is not lost, but frozen as long as the employee is re-engaged. The intention is that if they are laid-off again within 12 months, the weeks they were laid off before re-engagement will count towards their severance entitlement.”
    I was listening to the recording of the Joint Press Conference that was held following the protest of the workers at Club Barbados and Ms. Moore only spoke about the wage subsidy as being part of the program to assist workers.
    My question is, are severance payments part of the BEST program? Is the program made up of the wage subsidy, severance and financial assistance to the hotels?

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  • The Barbados Labour Party told the people that with the removal of the NSRL the cost of living would would dramatically decrease.

    When they came to power and removed the NSRL.

    Did it?????

    It sky rocked .

    An International survey carried out not too long ago ranked Barbados as one of the destinations in the Whole World that had one of the highest cost of living.

    Well the Govt. tried their best to cover it up. Just like the State of Tax Justice report of 2020 which showed, “”that the island’s annual tax revenues amount to approximately US$1 billion and the country was causing other nations to lose out on more than $234 million in tax revenue annually”” .of recent vintage

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  • Be fair, Jordan tells employers
    Employers have been urged not to abandon their workers.
    The plea has come from Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan.
    In a press release yesterday evening, Jordan called on employers to continue to engage with their workers even when they are “away from work on layoff”.
    “I am calling on employers not to hide behind laws and technicalities, but to be fair and reasonable when dealing with workers. People are unsure about the future. When there is fear, the slightest thing will cause a person to react.
    “This is a time to demonstrate maturity. This is a time to act like the adults we say we are. There will be life after COVID-19 and Barbados must be in a position to emerge from this pandemic even stronger than we were when it struck. If this is to happen, we must keep talking with each other and we must keep keep working together to find solutions. We can do it, but only if we do it together,” he said.
    Jordan noted that in recent weeks and months there had been an increase in the number of what he termed “very public” industrial disputes. He said this was a concern to him as well as to the entire Ministry of Labour.
    “The world is in the grip of a pandemic and there is resulting financial hardship as
    a result of reduced physical and economic activity. There is fear as people try to avoid exposure to COVID-19. There is psychological and emotional stress as a result of reduced incomes, loss of jobs, and the inability to socialise as people normally do.
    “While our society is facing a real challenge, I am confident that we can get through this. It will call for facing our challenges with level heads, and kind, unselfish hearts. This is not the time to seek only our own survival. This is not the time to throw others off the bus. This is a time to band together. This is a time to ensure that no one falls through the cracks. This is a time to be sensitive to the needs of others. This is the time to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers. This is a time to demonstrate our humanity,” he said.
    The minister said it was evident there was not enough dialogue being practised, adding there was also a degree of callousness being exhibited by some. He said this should stop immediately.
    (PR/CM)

    Minister of Labour Colin Jordan. (FP)

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  • Erosion of fund a major concern
    By Tony Best
    A second spike in coronavirus cases can thrust the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) onto a troublesome financial path when it comes to meeting its financial commitments to Barbadians.
    And although it is not in any immediate danger, a repeat of the tough impact of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has thrown thousands of Barbadians onto the breadline and reduced contributions to the NIS could create financial woes for the social security scheme.
    That concern was expressed by Winston Cox, a former Central Bank governor. He told the Sunday Sun from his home in Quebec, Canada, that the NIS could be forced to confront a troublesome financial future if the pandemic struck Barbados again.
    “The NIS may be facing a difficult road ahead, especially if there is a second spike in COVID-19 cases,” warned Cox. “The erosion of the Fund is a major concern. It is quite possible that benefit payments and unemployment claims may be exceeding contributions because of the impact of COVID-19. That means there may be a deep erosion of the capital of the fund.
    “The NIS still has a lot of resources, but if the current trend of meeting unemployment payment continues, there could be a fiscal imbalance.
    “The Fund can sustain a year or two where benefits may exceed contributions, but if it becomes a perennial feature then you are heading for trouble.
    “I am not saying the Fund is in trouble right now, but if the trends continue for another two years, then difficulties may be ahead.”
    Cox listed three major worries about the scheme.
    “The main concern I have is whether we are going to have another round of COVID induced claims. I would hope there would not be a second spike. I would be very concerned if there was another one which could be quite overwhelming.
    “The second concern is the potential for erosion in the capital of the Fund.
    “The third concern is the liquidity and income generating capacity of the real estate in the NIS’ portfolio.
    “I really don’t know what the real estate portfolio consists of. For instance, who occupies the real estate which the NIS owns? Is the real estate occupied by commercial tenants who pay the NIS or is it occupied by the Government which should also pay the NIS”?
    “The bottom line for me is the erosion of the Fund. That is a major concern.”
    The Caribbean and European trained economist cited figures which showed that the claims the NIS paid this year had risen sharply since the COVID lockdown. Between 2016 to 2019, the annual average was about 11 000. But up to the end of September they amounted to almost 47 000.
    Cox explained that payments in 2017 reached $32.8 million; $38.1 million in 2018; and in 2019, “jumped to $49 .3 million” largely because of a lot of backlog that had been paid out.
    Unemployment benefits
    Annual payments averaged $40 million during a three-year period, said Cox. But during March to October this year, “the NIS paid out $123 million in unemployment benefits”.
    From those figures, “you can see the kind of (financial) stress that COVID has put on the system,” he said.
    In March 2019, the NIS received 743 claims but in March 2020 claims skyrocketed to 10 000.
    In April 2019, the figure was 1 039 but in April 2020, they rose to more than 19 000.
    The highest number of claims in one month from January to December in 2016 to 2019 was 1 296 in December of 2018 but after starting like “a normal year,” with 1 269 claims, the number “exploded to 10 000 in March and
    to 19 000 in April. Since them, they have exceeded the highest number in any one month for the last four years.
    At the end of December 2019, the Fund was $4 billion and 70 per cent was in Government paper. The amount was similar in September this year, hence the concern expressed by the actuary about the link between the Fund’s health and the Government’s fiscal position, he said.
    “This trend in claims the Fund has had to pay as a result of COVID-19 is not sustainable over an extended period. In order to maintain the soundness of the Fund, the Government should listen very carefully and act upon the advice which it receives from the actuary.”
    He was not alone in voicing concerns about the NIS.
    Lisa Wade, at the actuarial consulting firm, Eckler Ltd, was quoted as saying: “There needs to be improvements in terms of the governance with respect to the National Insurance as well as the publication of information on a timely basis. It is critical that the 2020 actuarial valuation of the National Insurance Scheme be done as soon as possible and be made publicly available.”

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  • Debunking NIS myths
    By Sheena Mayers-Granville
    Unexpectedly in 2020, both employers and employees have had to rely heavily on the national safety net, National Insurance Scheme (NIS), in unprecedented numbers. Of course, this has led to questions about the long-term survival of the scheme. As a national scheme, with over $4 billion in assets, all Barbadians have an interest and have the right to, and should, ask legitimate questions.
    However, I have observed comments in recent times that suggest there are a few areas where misinterpretation or misunderstanding has occurred. Therefore, some fundamentals facts around NIS need to be established.
    Firstly, there is no single NIS Fund, rather as contributions are paid into NIS they are placed into funds; the three largest funds are:
    • Severance Fund – only
    employers pay into this fund.
    It is used to advance severance to employees where employers are unable to pay and also to provide employers with a 25 per cent rebate on severance payments.
    • Unemployment Fund – originally only employees paid into this fund and it provides a temporary benefit when employees lose their jobs. However, in recent years given the Fund’s insolvency, employers have diverted their severance contributions to the Unemployment Fund to assist employees.
    • National Insurance Fund – This is where other short-term and long-term benefits are paid from including sickness, maternity, disability and pension benefits. Both employee and employers pay into this fund.
    False assumptions
    Secondly, there seems to be a false assumption that employers escape their severance liability when people are referred to the Severance Fund for assistance. This is incorrect. Under legislation, the NIS has the right to recover severance paid on behalf of employers and can even apply interest. This was always a feature of legislation and remains unchanged. As the Severance Fund assist employers to pay severance, we must remember that is money only paid by employers which is maintained separately from any monies that will be used to pay pensions.
    On the matter of NIS reporting, in 2017, the 15th Actuarial Report noted that the NIS has not issued NIF annual reports since 2009 and has not submitted to the minister audited financial reports since 2004. This does not mean that there is financial irregularity at NIS. Any irregularity
    would be revealed in an audit and unless one has been completed it would be reckless to imply such.
    This is a legacy issue that has come to the fore on more than one occasion, and still warrants concern and attention. The past two chairpersons of NIS have both explained that legislation requires that the Auditor General performs the audit and a lack of resources in this office as well as technical issues hamper the effort but they are assiduously working on the backlog. However, this also does not mean that financial statements are not prepared, in fact the Board of Directors receives and reviews management accounts monthly to inform decision making.
    Right to ask questions
    Typically, the annual report of an entity provides interested parties with the information on the entity. Investors review them, NGOs such as trade unions refer to them and Government officials can review them for information to aid in decision-making.
    But an annual report cannot be published without audited financials. The NIS is required to submit annual reports to the Minister of Labour; which in turn should be laid before Parliament, and published for the general public. Therefore, in the absence of audited financial statements it has been more than a decade since the Barbadian public has had a view of the National Insurance Fund. While the Board of Directors is addressing this issue, the Barbadian public at large does have the right to ask questions regarding the current status of the fund.
    Let’s now consider actuarial valuations. Most people are familiar with accounts and financial statements, however, actuarial reports are different and are critical in insurance and financial forecasting.
    The main purpose of periodic actuarial reviews is to determine if the social security system in Barbados operates on a sound financial basis and if it provides adequate and affordable levels of income protection. Where considered necessary, recommendations aimed at ensuring that these objectives can be achieved for current and future generations are made.
    Employers with pension plans are aware that actuarial reports are due every three years. In May 2017, the last actuarial report was presented to the board for the period 2012-2014.
    Therefore, a report is outstanding for the period 2015-2017 which is being prepared and we are now approaching the end of the next reporting cycle which will be 2018-2020.
    With the changes to the financial and economic landscape, first brought about by the Government debt restructuring programme
    and now the COVID-19 crisis, an actuarial opinion will be critical to charting the future of the NIS. The actuaries will have to give sound advice on any changes to ensure that this crucial social security net remains viable. As Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley reiterates that our population is ageing and too small, and NGOs call for paternity leave and increased maternity leave, I suspect that changes to our national security system may be imminent to ensure continued viability.
    I urge all Barbadians to ensure that they become more knowledgeable on various organisations and entities that exist across the island.
    NIS is one institution that every Barbadian has a vested interest in and therefore we must ensure that we possess accurate knowledge about its operations, to understand not only entitlements but to ensure that accountability is maintained.
    Sheena Mayers-Granville is Executive Director of the Barbados Employers’ Confederation.

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  • Good to read discussion about the NIS.

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  • Industrial action proves beneficial
    Last week was filled with positive news for several of the hospitality workers who had previously staged protests against the failure of their employers to pay them any or all of the holiday pay, notice pay or severance pay which was due.
    In my last column, I bemoaned the apparent lack of ministerial intervention into the plight of these workers especially since there had been repeated breaches of employee rights by employers in the hospitality industry such as occurred with former workers of Chaps Restaurants, the Cliff, Caribbean Aircraft Handling (C.A.H.) Sandals and Sandy Lane and with some restaurants which closed doors only to reopen under a new corporate name without paying their former workers.
    Fortunately, the industrial action taken by former employees of The Club Beach and Resort together with the media attention it garnered, bore fruit and finally saw the intervention of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and chairman of the National Insurance Board, Leslie Haynes, Q.C. Following a meeting and joint press conference held with several stakeholders and the Barbados Worker’s Union, Haynes advised that The Club workers should receive their severance pay from NIS by the end of November.
    Great news
    This is great news and I applaud these workers for relentless protesting which resulted in the speedy processing of their severance entitlements. This should encourage more employees to take similar action when all attempts at negotiation and an amicable settlement fail.
    I especially commend the statement of the chief executive officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Senator Rudy Grant, who was reported as saying: “Workers were the cornerstone of the hospitality sector and any mistreatment would be met with some form of response from the umbrella body . . . . All persons must adhere to good labour relations practices and where that does not occur, we will take the necessary action. We will not endorse nor will we embrace any situation where members
    do not conform to the best labour practices.”
    I hope Grant will offer more than lip service and follow through by implementing and enforcing sanctions on BHTA members who disregard labour laws.
    Outstanding holiday pay
    Ex- Cliff employees were also successful last week in securing a promise of payment of severance by Christmas from NIS, after arriving at the NIS headquarters with the intention of protesting. Additionally, 141 former Chaps employees finally received their outstanding holiday pay after the Director of Public Prosecutors (DPP) filed criminal charges against the Chaps owners under the Holidays with Pay Act.
    This was achieved through the assistance of both the Chief Labour Officer and the DPP. The media also reported that some ex-Chap employees have already received their severance from NIS with the remainder expected to be paid by yearend.
    Nothing has been said regarding the payment of notice pay to these workers even though section 24 of the Employment Rights Act
    allows employees to file a claim for outstanding notice pay and receive an award from the Tribunal for unpaid notice pay, plus a sum equal to two weeks’ pay and an additional sum equal to four weeks’ wages for each month or part thereof where the notice pay remains outstanding. There is no question that the industrial action taken by the workers influenced their positive and relatively speedy results. The publication of their plights resulted in the involvement of several Government and public officials including the Prime Minister, who has proven in this instance, the 2018 campaign slogan that “Mia Cares”.
    While these interventions have been effective, I maintain that sanctions must be created and enforced for those who flagrantly breach labour laws so as to deter the occurrence or continuation.
    Similar interventions are required for the employees of C.A.H who despite previous
    industrial action have still not received their severance. Accra workers also staged protest last week concerning outstanding severance and workers from G4S protested over issues that predated the pandemic. Tangible assistance must be given to these employees and to any other workers who fall victim to the wiles of unscrupulous employers who breach the labour laws.
    Michelle M. Russell is an attorney at law with a passion for Employment Law and Labour matters. Email: mrussell. ja@gmail.com

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  • “Severance Fund – only employers pay into this fund. It is used to advance severance to employees where employers are unable to pay and also to provide employers with a 25 per cent rebate on severance payments.”

    @ David BU

    Remember I mentioned on another blog there is a reason why 1% of an employer’s NIS contributions goes to the unemployment fund?

    I’ve read comments in which it’s clear people don’t know anything about NIS or understand its purpose. They seem not to know that BOTH the employer and employee contribute to the fund, how contributions are divided and what percentages of those contributions are allocated to the various funds.

    Another thing I observed is, some people seem not to understand what is the purpose of a union’s strike fund. A strike fund is used to pay members while they are on strike, if such action is initiated or recognised by the union.
    So, I’m wondering how does a strike fund become relevant in a situation where former employees are protesting for severance payments?

    Some people are attempting to politicize this issue because Toni Moore is the General Secretary of the BWU and the BLP’s MP for St. George North.

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  • William Skinner Private Sector Disengagement Challenging Development , Barbados underground June 29th 2018
    “As the new government rides on tremendous goodwill, it would do well to read the riot act to our private sector and inform it, that the same way it cannot be business as usual for the civil servants and the citizens, as we go through tough economic times, it cannot be the same for the private sector. It is time that it be told in no uncertain terms to step up to the plate.

    Former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur once told the sector that it represented a pack of whiners; another Prime Minister, Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, once had to remind the sector that he was not elected in a boardroom. Another former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart told them that if they wanted to dictate how the country was managed, they should consider running for office.

    In recent times the same sector was in the forefront of marches organized by trade unions against a government. There is an old saying: “He who helps you buy a big guts cow or horse does not always help you feed it.”

    A word to the wise.”

    I welcome the Minister of Labour to the real Barbados. You gave them everything before COVID. Now you are exposed like clothes blowing on “de line” on a nice sunny, windy day. You were a major player in the hotel sector and quite aware of the bad treatment of the workers before COVID. Crocodile tears -you aint fooling nobody.

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  • @Artax

    The other observation is that we are living in an unprecedented time. Saw that 50 million people are queuing at food banks in the USA. The government and other stakeholders have top do the best possible with the resources available, this is how we have to hold them to account. Not by posting political emotional rabble.

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  • With all those people unemployed and govt talk of NIS under financial pressure
    The QEH lacking basis supplies including beds
    A govt initiative of having People from COVID hot spots enter the country which would increase the country health cost for the medical treatment of infected people
    Makes to the asking the govt cost for the medical treatment of these COVID patient
    Also where and how is govt accessing or availing itself to such funding
    Since july govt open its borders there has been ongoing medical cost for these patients
    Yet govt has never been transparent in given the public an accurate cost attached to the treatment of the 275 people who were infected
    It is as if govt is satisfied that once community spread is under control
    The medical cost along with other miscellaneous cost does not matter
    Furthermore the benefits derived have so far been zero

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  • These 3% of the population have been getting a free ride for too long. On the backs of the workers.

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  • The Barbados Labour Party Govt. nor the Barbados Trade Union movement who, were very VOCAL in the runup to the 2018 General Elections, are in the pocket of the Govt. have not done enough for the workers.

    The workers have to be on the side of the road begging almost daily it would seem, for what is LEGALLY THEIRS And no body care enough to help them. This after voting in the Barbados Labour Party 30-0. Giving most of their worker support to the Barbados Labour Party who are busy helping the EMPLOYERS NOT THEM.

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  • @ Carson

    Let us st art with an inheritance or death tax. There are two reasons why this is not popular. First, the wealthy want to pass their wealth on to their kids without any additional tax; and, second, the professionals in politics, who cannot rub two pennies together, live in hope that they will make lots of money and do not want their children to have to pay extra tax.

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  • “Secondly, there seems to be a false assumption that employers escape their severance liability when people are referred to the Severance Fund for assistance. ”

    and yet they’ve been getting away FOR DECADES…with either not payinto the fund and/or…refusing to pay out severence, they always manage to provoke a dispute and controversy and a long drawn out bullshit tribunal that could last for many years without resolution….take the tiefing demons straight to worldwide exposure and see how quickly the cooperate..

    Employess need to educate themselves more about the inner workings of NIS and PROTEST MORE OFTEN…expose all those frauds everywhere….don’t give them nor any sellout governments…any breathing room period..

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  • Carson C CadoganNovember 29, 2020 7:44 AM

    These 3% of the population have been getting a free ride for too long. On the backs of the workers.

    But the same 3% did go out and vote this govt into power and most likely would do it again
    Most likely than not this group even when knowing what lies ahead in the manner of how they will be mistreated rather vote party than self interest
    Having seen how the people of SGN after 26 years of voting for the same representative while living in deteriorating conditions is a tellin point that across the length and breath of barbados society the peoples self interest is at an all time level low in comparison to the peoples affection for love of party

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  • On a different note.

    Has MRS. RAM been paid for her property on BAY STREET as yet?????

    Has she received a RED CENT as yet for what was hers but taken away and given to friends of the BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY?????

    Today it is MRS. RAM, TOMORROW it could be you that the same thing happens ?????

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  • KARMA for all the BLACK Barbadians paid next kin to nothing at Furniture Limited and Casa Grande among other places. Karma is truly a bitch.

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  • Thats your answer???? karma is a bitch. Whether its Adrians Vat , the layoffs at hotels without pay or someone who is not liked is being treaty poorly by govt all people should be mad as hell about it and hold them accountable as CCC says Adrian will be fine Mrs Ram isnt going to miss any meals but the people at the bottom will feel it the most,and these guys at the bottom need high profile people on there team so If you dont hang together you will certainly hang alone.

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  • @lawson

    Do not forget to wear your mask.

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  • 5:41 a.m.
    Very informative piece on the NIS.
    Sometimes we need pieces like this one so that we can have an informed discussion instead of just using our guts reactions.

    CCC 12:46 a.m.
    A good dissection and refutation of the lost decade mantra.

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  • “Has she received a RED CENT as yet for what was hers but taken away and given to friends of….”

    ah always wondered where crooked racist Ram got those properties from and which sellout negro(s) in DBLP helped her rob old black people to acquire same in exchange for their envelope with bribe money, exploiting black workers and TIEFING the water from BWA…yall no good negros won’t stop selling out the people then complaining when shit hits the fan….Karma indeed.

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  • In as much as i would fight tooth and nail for the people who are becoming sacrficial lambs in this COVID environment
    I also must say once again that some of these people made a knowning decision to vote for this govt and come next election would do it again
    Read in the media where some was heaping praise on Mia for the eleventh hour intervention
    Therefore in all the analysis and sympathy it also begs for consideration why in heavens name a forgotten and abandon person takes upon self to praise the person whose care and concern for their problems arise only after loud outburst from the public

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  • Lawson…I, specificlally, tried to warn Mia as soon as she was elected, given certain happens and info available to me, apparently she thought i did not mean well or they just don’t listen to people like me, too black and direct, which is more in line with their attitudes, the fowls paraded on BU, all the comments are still there to review…..and they were riding on such a high with their multitudes of multi, multi million dollar taxpayer paid consultants WHO HAVE NOT PRODUCED SQUAT in nearly 3 years, the country for this or that reason is so much worse off now, none of whom could see this shitshow approaching with all the 54 million and 62 million and 85 US thousand a month pay outs…..i would want much more than that for taxpayer’s money..

    no one was going to listen to me, am not the pedigreed…don’t run in those marked circles…although access is available to certain people…..i tend to fly much higher so gravity don’t drag my ass into these types of mess that it will be hell to extricate oneself from…much prefer my view..

    but some good came out of all of that, the BLACK PEOPLE whom they all rob and sell out, now know they can EXPOSE THEM INTERNATIONALLY AT ANYTIME and should ALL THE TIME…if they continue their evil slave society shite on them and their children and grandchildren going forward…especially with those marijuana slave plantations they quickly set up, wilfully EXCLUDED THE BLACK POPULATION, whom they criminalize for the plant, and people are not sure if they sold out to only Canadians or they also brought in a bunch of stinking boer pigs from South Africa, it’s disturbing to hear they’re moving around with security guards and big dogs, and Black people on the island should not get involved in any marijuana slave plantations period, sellout nigas have no scruples and can never be trusted.

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  • Mari

    You jealous the ex worker praised mia who words had some weight instead of praising the night watchman who only got in a few phot ops ?

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