NUPW reacts to Lowe’s comments on privatization

The island’s largest public sector trade union has reacted swiftly to this week’s assurance in Parliament by Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe that Government had no intention of privatizing the state-owned Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) at this time.

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) had viewed with suspicion, the recent outsourcing of some SSA garbage collection duties, charging it was the first step towards privatization.

Today, it welcomed the minister’s announcement, but with some reservations.

“Yes, we support the comments made that there would be no privatization, but in the present circumstances we want to see as soon as possible, those trucks replaced within six months and be fully engaged across the landscape of Barbados,” Acting Assistant General Secretary Wayne Walrond told Barbados TODAY, adding that Lowe was merely echoing the union, when he said that the SSA was an essential social service that must remain in the hands of the state.

While agreeing that the accumulation of garbage was not the fault of the workers, Walrond rejected the minister’s suggestion that Government was not to blame.

“We cannot agree that Government is not responsible for the garbage collection issue at the SSA because decisions are made at the management level and obviously they are influenced by transfer of funds by Government to run the SSA,” the union official contended.

Walrond argued that if Government had replaced the aging trucks over the years, the state-run garbage collection agency would not have been backed into a situation where it had to contract private haulers.

Under the new waste plan, private haulers have been servicing four parishes – St Philip, St Peter, St Lucy and St John – at a rate of $411 per hour for eight hours a day, Monday to Friday. The arrangement is expected to continue for six months in the first instance.

7 Responses to NUPW reacts to Lowe’s comments on privatization

  1. Mark Adamson
    Mark Adamson October 28, 2016 at 7:00 am

    A new social political movement must be brought about in Barbados, that helps to make sure that persons become PART-OWNERS (PARTNERS) of the enterprises in which they function – whether such enterprises are within the government or private sector of this country. Upwards and Onwards!!

  2. Harry October 28, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Remember the famous words spoken before the last election “there will be no layoffs” – ask the NCC workers.

  3. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn October 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

    This “don’t blame me “is now the intl catch phrase.

  4. Alex Alleyne October 28, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I do hope that this XMAS the SSA or any garbage trucks come through the area blowing the horn expecting to collect a “piece of change” from we in the we-we hours of the morning.

  5. jrsmith October 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Unless most of the public services is privatize we would see things a lot worst next year, (Barbados LTD) is in serious trouble , the failed political infrastructure of Barbados which is top heavy no one capable of managing anything and very , very non productive…
    Again as though these people are in government to destroy Barbados , they are preventing our island from prospering we need to get them out. this is the worst group of politicians we have ever had in Barbados..
    The water issue is going to take the same turn as the chicken wings the water would just turn up in Barbados, do Barbados
    really have a (Priminister) if so please tell for what reason….

  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    When Low Lowe speaks it is better to shut your ears. They are so much into deceiving that even when they try to sound genuine you can’t help but wonder if they lying. Anyhow, you just have to apply the heat to Low Lowe and he goes on sick leave for extended periods.

  7. Ossie Moore October 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Guy don’t get jealous over those boys who decided to be the “Number one in the number two busyness!


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