Chamber calls for maturity, amid go-slow

With Barbados’ economy already struggling, the local business community is very concerned about the impact the current go-slow at the island’s ports of entry.

Saying that the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) was taking note of the situation, President Eddy Abed called on those involved to “consider the greater good” and to ensure that the island’s economy was not adversely affected any further.

However, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has launched protest action against Government for reverting its president Akanni McDowall from an acting senior position to his substantive post in the public service.

Last weekend the NUPW instituted a go-slow at the island’s ports of entry and had since promised to escalate its action if the union does not receive a favourable response to its demand for McDowall to be reinstated to the acting senior position.

As a result, the BCCI president has warned of a significant negative impact not only tourism, but business in general.

“The negative effects are being felt by the tourists who have had to endure unnecessary delays. This is a sector which makes up the only growth sector in the country at this time,” he said.

“In addition, many of our importers are frustrated with the slow customs clearances and this could not have come at a worse time as businesses are currently gearing up for the critical holiday period,” he added.

In the prepared statement, Abed urged all parties involved to better resolve their disputes.

“We at the BCCI ask all parties to consider the greater good in ensuring that Barbados’ economy is not further adversely affected,” he said.

“In our 50th year of independence our leaders must be more mature and wise in resolving disagreements,” he added.

3 Responses to Chamber calls for maturity, amid go-slow

  1. Natalie Murray November 18, 2016 at 7:38 am

    The current Political Thugs are the ones to consider the greater good. Should we blame the Unions for the following?

    The unfair dismissal of the NCC workers!
    The discrimination of the BIDC workers!
    The 6000 documented and undocumented workers that went home!
    The current stench at the Combemere School!
    The UDC workers that went home!
    The Transport Board Workers that went home!!
    The firing of Peter Scott from Rural!
    The recent victimization of Akanni Mcdowall!
    The firing of George Edgehill from UDC!
    The firing of Andrew Payne from UDC!
    The NHC workers that went home!
    The drainage workers that were treated like cattle!
    The beautify Barbados workers that went home!
    The list can go on and on.

    The citizens and business owners in this country should redicule this government concerning the unfair Human Resource Practices.

    I would like to know how much money was spent so far by the hard working tax payers of this country to correct some of the above mentioned wrongs.

    To the Trade Unions continue to fight the injustices !!!

  2. RC November 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    It is time for the Government and the Opposition to come together and make a decision to dissolve all of the Trade Unions who are only seeking to destabilise our beautiful Country. Shutting down the Airport and Seaport in the midst of our Anniversary Celebration of 50 years of Independence and affecting our Tourism Product which is our main source of Income is TOTAL MADNESS.

    Also calling our our teachers and having them abandon our children to meetings during School hours is crazy. Expecting the Ministry of Education to pay these Strikers is totally insane.

  3. Michael November 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Thank God this is not Communist Russia.
    Hopefully Barbados will not become like some Countries inAfrica i.e. Liberia, Uganda, Nigeria, The Republic of the Congo etc., where people become so disenchanted and desperate that they live with coup d’etat after coup d’etat with bullets in bodies and heads chopped off !!!
    Good luck to You RC.


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