Blame the economy for project delays – De Peiza

A Government spokesperson has attributed the Freundel Stuart administration’s tardiness in implementing a number of capital projects to the economic realities facing the country.

Senator Verla De Peiza told a joint meeting of the Christ Church West and East Central branches of the Democratic Labour Party at the Arthur Smith Primary School, St Matthias, Christ Church on Sunday, naysayers were questioning why many of the promised projects had failed to get off the ground.

But with funds “thin on the ground” the administration could not “splurge” on infrastructural projects, particularly with the economy just beginning to recover, she said.

“They are valid issues and questions, but they are also built around a reality called our economy. This is the time to shore up people, not splurge,” the attorney-at-law told supporters.

However, she said “the DLP has risen to  . . . [the] challenge in several different ways”, including enacting several pieces of legislation to ensure employees were “comfortable” at work.

And while not making reference to the approximately 3,000 public servants severed in 2014 as part of austerity measures, De Peiza said the measures were even during a period of “uncomfortably high” unemployment.

“Making persons comfortable in the workplace has been a major focus of this administration. That is important even in times when the unemployment rate is uncomfortably high. You are setting the scene and the standards for when people are in the workplace and also for those who are already there.

“With these pieces of legislation in place everyone knows what they are entitled to. Now workers are certain that they are entitled to compensation if they are unfairly dismissed; they are certain that they are particular things they have to be given while they are employed; you have to have your record of employment, you have to have a contract of employment, know how much minimum time is to be given to a worker. In addition, you can have a mathematical calculation in the event there is an incorrect calculation of what is your due,” she explained.

De Peiza also welcomed “the innovative thinking” in the revival of the sugar cane industry, the development of alternative sources of energy and the development of a Cultural Industries Development Authority which could create employment for the island’s artistes and artisans.

7 Responses to Blame the economy for project delays – De Peiza

  1. Colette Felix
    Colette Felix January 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Stupsee,it’s truly obvious they do think that barbadians are complete morons

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 31, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      fa real Colette, fa real

  2. Lennox hewitt January 31, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    U talking bout people dat working what about the ones that not working ? So u not talking what people want to hear people want work .

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd February 1, 2017 at 12:15 am


  4. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 1, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Smh … somebody has sold their soul … how unfortunate

  5. Zena February 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

    How sad, that a group of people can be drinking and speaking the same BS.
    Tell your ‘Friends’ all bajans are not stupid.

  6. D'j'H David 'joey' Harper February 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    “Government spokesperson has attributed the Freundel Stuart administration’s tardiness in implementing a number of capital projects to the economic realities facing the country.”
    Verla DePeiza the prosecution in the case against this governments handling of the Barbados economy. Barbados Day

    So Depeiza is pleading guilty to Prime Minister Stuart and Minister Sincklers mismanagement of the Barbados economy is the cause of the tardiness and lack of productivity into which we are being sucked into.


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