Increment freeze ‘unconstitutional’

Government is being warned that its planned free on the payment of increments to public sector workers could be challenged in court.

Notice of this came today from President of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) Cedric Murrell.

CTUSAB believes that this may be unconstitutional and open to legal challenge. [We] recommend that the Social Partners be invited to develop a Protocol on Recovery and Growth,” the trade unionist said at a press conference.

The Prices and Incomes Protocol, which was negotiated in 1993, grew out of a period when the Barbados economy had very significant challenges and we believe that a similar approach to national dialogue led by a minister of Government with the necessary latitude to negotiate an agreement with the other partners should be attempted.”

The freeze on paying increments is part of measures being taken by Government to stem the widening fiscal deficit.
Murrell said while CTUSAB understands the nature and extent of the current fiscal crisis facing the country and the implications, all measures have not been examined.

It is also to be considered that the existence of many private sector businesses is largely dependent on supplying goods and services to government institutions. The consequences are that the unemployment situation will be exacerbated,” Murrell stressed.

4 Responses to Increment freeze ‘unconstitutional’

  1. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria December 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I always thought that after a certain time (three years?) temporary workers by law are supposed to be appointed by law. I have been asking about that for nearly five years. Have yet to get a straight answer. So maybe somebody on facebook can tell me, since no one in the government can.

  2. David E Hall
    David E Hall December 22, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Unions now got some work to do. Beta get ready to march because the diet of lies we are being fed will soon start to rot and smell.

  3. Clive Walrond
    Clive Walrond December 22, 2013 at 12:50 am

    so the public sector rather lost there job , than take a small cut to help our country smart ..

  4. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick December 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

    so govt breaking them own law lols


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