BWU to convince Govt not to impose more taxes
The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) will be pleading with Government not to impose any new taxes in its next Budget.
General Secretary Toni Moore said that was one of the issues the union will engage its membership on at the BWU’s mid-term meeting on February 15.
She told reporters at a media conference at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters today that pensions and the introduction of medical plans were also high on the agenda.
Urging members of the union to participate fully in the upcoming session, Moore asked them to put forward their suggestions for the Budget which is expected to be delivered by April.
“We will be calling on our members to put together their views on the upcoming national Budget. We would wish to see that in presenting the Budget Government would not wish to impose further taxes on the working class and on Barbadians in general,” she said.
Moore also disclosed that the union would be making efforts to implement a medical plan for those BWU members in divisions that do not offer health insurance.
“Proposals for the establishment of medical plans have been submitted over the years and some companies have actually agreed to implement such plans. Most of the companies have offered their workers the opportunity to contribute at a rate of 50 per cent or 60 per cent towards the medical plan with the company supplementing additional amounts,” she said.
“However, for different reasons, all companies have not come on board with that proposal to date. Such a plan would go a long way in providing workers with the necessary safety net.
“We have taken steps to pursue medical plans as an item of priority and so we would be provided with the opportunity to update our membership on the same,” Moore added.
The BWU’s mid-term meeting will be held at Solidarity House from 9 a.m.