Moore pressure on Govt to adjust Budget

The country’s oldest trade union is putting Government on notice that public workers can no longer hold strain in light of austerity measures outlined in last month’s Budget.

As matter of fact, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore has said no action was off the table as long as she had a mandate from the workers to agitate on their behalf.

The BWU, which has joined the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) in demanding pay increases for Government workers, is concerned that employees would be especially burdened by the massive increase – from two per cent to ten per cent – in the National Social Responsibility Levy set to take effect on July 1.

“We are sensing among workers a demand for something to be done to address the problems that they are seeing not only today, but the problems likely to come after the July 1 [implementation of the levy].

“I have sought to encourage the group here today that this General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union is committed to doing whatever is possible to represent their interests as long as the mandate is known by me,” Moore told the media following a two-hour long meeting at Solidarity House this afternoon with public servants who are members of the union.

While the BWU boss did not go as far as echoing the NUPW’s recent threats of industrial action, Moore made similar calls for a “coping mechanism” for the public sector, which has not had a pay increase in nine years.

She also revealed that her union was open to a joint effort in order to achieve this objective.

“By any other name there needs to be some coping mechanism. What we have observed in the last nine years is a situation where spending power has not been increased, not only for the public sector but not for anybody at all,” Moore pointed out, adding that while this was happening, disposable incomes had been depleting with the imposition of more taxes.

“So it becomes obvious that by whatever name we call it, we may call it a salary increase or some people may be calling it a coping levy, but by whatever name we call it there has to be some redress for the more vulnerable people whose spending power has been cut to the extent that some will not survive,” the leading trade unionist stressed.

Moore also urged workers not to be intimidated by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s threat that thousands of public servants could be dismissed if Government were forced to abandon the tax measures announced in the recent Budget.

She contended that workers’ actually had nothing to lose by standing up for their rights, reminding them of the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s 2013 promise not to cut jobs in the public service.

“Even [though] the responses that we have gotten up to now from the Minister of Finance suggest that it had to be this way or people would lose their jobs, I would want Barbadians to recall that in 2013 when the unions were asked to hold strain, there was a commitment that people would not lose their jobs. What was the result? Three thousand people lost their jobs. So I hope Barbadians would now be enlightened and understand that whatever situation is put out there, the likelihood of further imposition on them will still come. People will just have to rise up and decide that it is better to take a stand for something or lay down and play dead and we all suffer,” Moore warned.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

17 Responses to Moore pressure on Govt to adjust Budget

  1. Keen Observer June 21, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I take this as Miss Moore trying not to be out done by the the leader of the NUPW. In her effort to not to cede ground she is making a mistake.
    The reality is both Unions are putting public workers jobs at risk. Please Union take a walk in the Fairchild street bus terminal and you willl witness the poor attitudes displayed by some drivers when directed to drive on some routes. There are some workers who are wasting tax payers’ money. Some public workers feel that they entitled to do as they please because of Union representation.

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  2. ALLAN A. June 21, 2017 at 5:55 am

    A MAJOR HISTORICAL PROBLEM WITH GOVERNMENT.THE SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT STAFF IS GREATER THAN THE SIZE OF THE ISLAND.YES! GOVERNMENT STAFF DO BELIEF THEY ARE PROTECTED BY THE UNIONS AND ENTITLEMENTS. THE TIME IS RIGHT TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT.IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO IS IN POWER. WE ARE SUPER-SATURATED WITH AN UNNECESSARY WORK-FORCE ESPECIALLY IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLERICAL POSITIONS.

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  3. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen June 21, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Yes workers thinks it’s do as you please the union have our back.and it put people lives a risk .The union needs to educate it’s members,let them know if you right I am with you but if you wrong we are not.But this step I marching with ya.

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  4. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron June 21, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Hmmm last union leader back down and went to a close door meeting. Come on ladyboss no retreat no surrender no backing down.

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  5. Alex Alleyne June 21, 2017 at 7:40 am

    All these “wagonist” now come, where were you all when the citizens were crying out from day one.

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  6. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis June 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Barbados just like any other caribbean islands has to many people working for government they are like paracitises on the back of te Bajan people. enough is enough this public workers union are only there for themselves notice they are never cutting the dues members have to pay them if anything they are raising it. figure this one out then come talk to me.

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    • hcalndre June 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      @Dan Louis say where you have known Unions cut the dues. Man, boy, child or whatever, are you for real. Have the MOF cut anything? but you know they all say that they life style can`t survive without the $10.000 returned to them and they`re laughing all the way to the bank.

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  7. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan June 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

    See now why i need my wage increase…this MOF isnt going to budge,plus ppl have already started to poke your eyes out already

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  8. Ras June 21, 2017 at 9:59 am

    The Union sell out the workers to Private sector
    The Private Sector buy out the Number two man in the Union that Levere Richards and Bobby Morris trained, pay him a big salary when he don’t have a Masters Degree and put him in front of Ms Fingall that got a Masters Degree to destabilize the Union, they also buy the other clown from the Union and got him as a HR Manager harassing workers.
    The Private sector controls the Union as they have a lot of secret meetings the workers don’t know about.

    Now the Union come out to play Politics imagine that

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    • jennifer June 21, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Smite the SHEPHERD, then DEVOUR the SHEEPLE.

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      • jennifer June 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

        Same old plantation tactics. One step forward and two backward.

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  9. Milli Watt June 21, 2017 at 11:40 am

    stupse……fresh back from a shopping trip using money this country don’t have to shovel this dribble. Oh please I dare you to go on the road in fact I triple dare you. You going yap yap yap yap till when ever GS you just don’t have it in you.

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  10. Milli Watt June 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

    and as for RISING up I would be cautious about the use of the 1937 type language this is not the time be be talking IDOL

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  11. Carson C Cadogan June 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    She is a real joker.

    She has nothing useful to contribute to this country.

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  12. Carson C Cadogan June 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    When the Barbados Labour Party introduced the Vat tax, it brought in more than $1.3billion in taxes in the first year it was introduced.

    I didn’t hear the BWU complaining and calling for riots.

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  13. Saga Boy June 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    The unions have surely gone mad. I would call their bluff. Stop paying them the $250,000 annual subvention. Let them go ahead and March and force government to lay off employees. They too will have to cut back on staff including Sir Adviser.

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  14. Carson C Cadogan June 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

    EVEN OWEN ARTHUR HAS MOORE SENSE THAN TONI MOORE


    “There are some nations that are rich enough to waste their democracy by shutting down their government from time to time, for the pleasure of it, by making gridlock the normal and familiar feature of the functioning of their system of governance, and by making opposition to everything proposed by their leader the main political strategy of key political institutions.

    “In the Caribbean, we cannot afford such a luxury, especially since the countries have to grapple with a range of threats that go beyond the ordinary and which threaten to overwhelm them. For us, there can be no sensible option than to embed harmony and co-operation at the centre of our governance, and to do everything necessary to ensure that the partnership works,” the former Prime Minister told the audience.”
    OWEN ARTHUR

    “https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2015/07/21/owens-warning/

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