‘No point in delaying layoffs’
Prolonging the decision to sever 3,000 plus public sector workers indefinitely could cause this country to suffer some severe consequences.
So says, St James South MP Donville Inniss, who believes some of the energies of those persons who have been criticizing Government’s decision in this regard, should be put into programmes designed to obtain growth in the economy.
“We need to focus on generating domestic and foreign investment in private sector-led projects that will quickly re-employ displaced workers and provide employment and business opportunities for our young people who are coming onto job market.
“We need to focus on enhanced service levels at all aspects of this society. We need to strive quickly towards a situation where each employee feels truly a part of the business.
“We need maximum productivity at all levels. We need entrepreneurs. We need creative financing for business and we need to look outwards and not always inward,” he said in an interview with Barbados TODAY.
Inniss, who holds the portfolios Minister of Commerce, Industry, International Business and Small Business, made his comments following intensive talks between the Minister of Finance and Minister of Labour and the National Union of Public Workers and the Barbados Workers Unions and more recently, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, on how the numbers to be retrenched could be lessened. From those talks, it was announced last Monday that the January 15 date originally announced for the process to begin, had been pushed back to the end of the month. But, Inniss is of the view that this delay tactic serves no good to anyone.
“We can sit and meet every day or just do it. The Prime Minister [Freundel Stuart] and Minister of Finance [Chris Sinckler have been patient and explanatory, but we cannot talk forever. “I have great faith in Barbadians and I know that all of us will work together to get us fully engaged as a nation. We have some serious work to do and it calls for serious, visionary persons who are truly prepared to put this island first,” he said.