Private sector not pleased with Prime Minister

While expressing disappointment that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart did not seem willing to give in to demands for a meeting with the Social Partnership, business executives are hoping Monday’s march, which attracted an estimated 20,000 Barbadians, would cause Government to take note.

The private sector officials who took time from work Monday to join the march said they wanted to send Stuart a message that the Social Partnership – union, Government and private sector – should meet to chart a more palatable way forward for the economy.

The Barbados Workers’ Union, The Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union and the National Union of Public Workers, in association with the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA), organized Monday’s march in an effort to force Government to the negotiation table to come up with alternatives to the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

Outgoing President of the Barbados International Business Association Gregory McConnie told Barbados TODAY the situation facing the country was pressing and he feared it could worsen if Stuart did not meet urgently with the Social Partners in search of a solution.

Gregory McConnie

“We feel that there is a very urgent situation. We have a very poor credit rating, a very serious foreign exchange reserves issue that we need to get addressed very urgently. We think that we need to come up with a solution that has the benefit of the views of all the Social Partners and we need that to happen urgently because we are extremely concerned about foreign currency reserves,” McConnie said, adding he was disheartened that Stuart was not willing to revise the controversial NSRL despite the outcry.

“I was disappointed to hear that. I would have thought that with such a wide show of dissatisfaction with the status quo, that he would have a more conciliatory approach to the issue. At the end of the day we completely agree that Government is the one charged with setting policies and so on, but to the extent that you have other partners who can make a contribution, why not listen to them? Why not come up to a negotiated solution that can work for everyone?”

Co-founder of Automotive Art Dereck Foster

Co-founder of Automotive Art Dereck Foster told Barbados TODAY it was important that his company show support for Monday’s march, which began and ended at Queen’s Park.

He said the fact that Stuart did not seem willing to meet with the Social Partnership “is highlighting the problem we have”.

“It appears as though the Government is not willing to listen to the people who elected it and that they are quite happy to go about doing whatever they choose to do whenever they choose to do it,” Armstrong said.

“I don’t want people to believe this is about bringing down a government. This is about engaging the Government to find solutions to the problems we have. That is what I want . . . we want it to work and we want to engage with the Government to try and find solutions to our problems,” he said, adding that the NSRL was too onerous and would cause prices to skyrocket and people to lose jobs.

Businessman Andrew Bynoe, who closed both his Black Rock, St Michael and Six Roads, St Philip supermarkets until 1 p.m. Monday to allow staff to join the march, said a message had to be sent to Government “that it is high time that they sat down with members of the private sector association, members of the union and other stakeholders so that we can address the malaise that has crept into this economy over the last many years”.

He said the fact that the Prime Minister did not want to engage in an urgent meeting with the Social Partners was a demonstration of his “lack of interest and understanding with respect to the problems that the people of this country are going through.

Executive Director of the University of the West Indies Consulting team Lisa Cummins told Barbados TODAY the turnout for Monday’s march meant “something is wrong”.

Executive Director of the University of the West Indies Consulting team Lisa Cummins

“The fact that Barbadians are out on the street and being more and more vocal is a sense that something is wrong and that we have to talk with our people. Barbados is about all of us. It is not about a 30-member parliamentary group. It is not about a political party. It is about Barbados for Barbadians and I think that is why people are out here today. We are just not happy with what Barbados is now,” she explained.

Meanwhile, past president of the Barbados Private Sector Association Alex McDonald told Barbados TODAY while the tax measures were one of the main concerns for citizens, the turnout was an indication that residents were generally unhappy with the Barbados economy.

“Times are tough now and they are going to get tougher. We have to pull together and not be divided,” McDonald said.

64 Responses to Private sector not pleased with Prime Minister

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 25, 2017 at 2:08 am

    WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FALLS, ITS TOTALLY DEM FAULT..PLAIN AN SIMPLE

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  2. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith July 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

    There is a widely spoken rumor that the Bajan white business class have intentionally withheld potentially impactful investments because of the DLP government. I wish to have that allegation addressed.

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed July 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

      If I had money and I was giving it to a irresponsible child who was wasting it and lack prudent money management would I still give it??? HELL NO

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    • Akobi Gill
      Akobi Gill July 25, 2017 at 8:46 am

      The private sector doesn’t owe them anything.

      Who willingly tosses their money into a greedy hole? Definitely not a successful business.

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    • Barbados 2.0 July 25, 2017 at 9:09 am

      I may not be the right person to answer your question, but I’ll at least share my perspective on it. Businesses are in business to make money. White, black, red, yellow or green. They will invest where and when they think they can maximize their return. Take for example someone like Mr. Bizzy Williams. How many times do we read articles where he is clearly saying he would be willing to invest more but government red tape and/or policies are hindering, preventing or making such an investment less attractive? Depending on your view of the role of government, you may disagree, but if you see government as a facilitator and an enabler, then you can see that in this case government is part of the problem. For reference, Bizzy is clearly apolitical, he’s in business to make money, but also his companies have a really good track record of making money for others as well, and giving back to workers, communities and Barbados in general.

      I think the bigger issue here however is foreign investment (which these days is more likely to be white or yellow if we want to bring race in to it). Barbados has had countless downgrades over the last few years. Got to spratings.com/sri/ and see for yourself. Barbados is rated the same as Venezuela (CCC) in terms of how likely the outside world thinks we are to be able to repay our debts. There are 130 odd countries on this list. We are joint 3rd from the bottom. Would you, as a foreigner, invest money in Barbados right now? And with the new Foreign Exchange Fee this is only going to get worse.

      I have to agree with Charles Herbert and the BPSA – the policies of the current administration are counter productive. It is one of the greatest mantras of economics that you can’t tax your way out of a recession. And if you are local, foreign, and if you are any colour under the rainbow, Barbados doesn’t look like a good investment at the moment.

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    • Akil Cjlr Thompson
      Akil Cjlr Thompson July 25, 2017 at 10:23 am

      A bold faced abyss demanding money upfront….

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  3. keen observer July 25, 2017 at 5:20 am

    The alternative is to send home workers in the Public. If you are working in the private sector you may be safe, but what about your brother, sister, son, aunt etc who is working in the Public sector. Sending home public sector workers may take some money out of your household. The private sector in Barbados are selfish. During the nineties a lot of poor black Barbadians were outsmarted into selling their land on the west coast while the buyers turnaround and sold the same lands for millions. How come in every country minorities can be found in jail but here white people don’t go to jail. Are they that perfect. Don’t they steal, use drugs or not involved in the drug trade? They protect their race.

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    • Colin Daniel July 25, 2017 at 5:52 am

      If the public sector contracts to rapidly then the private sector suffers as well as the country. Private sector layoffs will contract the economy erode the tax base and eventually lead to further layoffs across all of the sectors. We are in this together.

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    • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Deut 28:48

      Jeri 4:22
      And before you say we aren’t
      Oh yes we are. 1000%

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    • Randolph July 25, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Keen observer,observe this if the DLP were to win the next election,what do you think would stop them from sending home more public workers?Do you think they really care?Don’t be deceive,they cannot be trusted.

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    • RickyD July 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Well by your reasoning then lets keep everything the same and continue keeping more than needed employed. Then don’t complain as our taxes for the rest of the 280,000 people continue to increase dramatically – just for the 10,000 to stay employed. As the PM said next time he looks at the situation in a couple months he will decide if the taxes need to increase – clear statement that they are looking at even more increases. And in any case we have to repay our loans as a country – so the money will be needed and has to be collected fro the populace!

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    • straight talk July 25, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      They are a lot of government worker that want sending home, they go to work and does nothing nothing nothing. They chat on the phone play games on the computer play games on their phones do homework assignments snap at people and go home early and those MTW and drainage workers that work long side thee road should be sent home and contract that work to SMALL contractors and Barbados would be a clean place. I don’t understand how them could start work at 8 and done at 10 and getting pay for a whole day and supervisors doing can’t tell them nothing cause them doing thee same thing.

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  4. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde July 25, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Why must people insult others to get a cross a point. #adamnshame

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    • Michael Goodman
      Michael Goodman July 25, 2017 at 8:16 am

      I assume you are referring to the the insults pouring out of the PM’s mouth directed at the people he so obviously despises – all uh we.

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    • Mhizz Kelly P Forde
      Mhizz Kelly P Forde July 25, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Yes and people commenting and insulting each other to make a point

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  5. Sheron Inniss July 25, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Proverb 21, v 13

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    • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Sheron you cooking early. Zech 11: 5. Rev 13:10. Help coming soon enough.

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  6. joan Worrell July 25, 2017 at 6:48 am

    25,000 BLP supporters attended the political meeting on the eve of the 2013 elections. CADRES predicted that the BLP would have won. Freundel Stuart was returned as Prime Minister. Stuart knows better than anyone that the outcome of the next election can’t be based on yesterday’s turnout and he will not be moved.

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    • Rechelle July 25, 2017 at 7:35 am

      When he gets kicked out he wouldn’t need your support. He is set for life and I hope that he can help you in the future. Good luck!

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    • Randolph July 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

      The last election was bought by the DLP.

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  7. joan Worrell July 25, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Your caption should have read “‘PM not pleased with the Private Sector” instead of ”Private Sector not pleased with PM”.

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  8. Sherlock Holmes. July 25, 2017 at 7:04 am

    What a tangled web is being weaved i am one who has lost a great measure of confidence in this Government , especially in Sinckler, in my opinion he has failed and miserably.However what is being played out here is in my opinion mere deception. Theatrics and optics go hand in hand but when reality steps in the drama unfolds and everything becomes clearer.This is the beginning of the yolks that both sides, the unions and the elitist class have put around their necks and it is going to be so hard to remove them at a time to come not so far in the near future, talk about strange bedfellows .

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    • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Sherlock – that yoke NEVER came off, it is now just getting tightened. Blame blindness.

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      • Hewers of wood July 25, 2017 at 7:42 am

        Sherlock look up the word yoke, what it means and what is it placed on. The yokes on this people is all the matrix set up ie, the church (keeping you placid), education (keeping you dumb in ignorance of self), the surnames (keeping you divided and separate as a brown people). Culture too which was given to you by another people.

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  9. Freeagent July 25, 2017 at 7:06 am

    If 20,000 of us marched and had a good work out yesterday, how many of us were at Farley Hill on Sunday. We marched with our employers but we wish that they would have given us the balance of the day off to catch ourselves after marching through the hot sun. I wish too that they would consider how they feel about the way they perceive they were treated by government and consider how we workers feel when we ask for certain conditions to be met.
    We exercised our right to march and we were happy to hear the speech of the unions change last night during the 7:00 o’clock news: not a tone of command and demand, but one of respect.
    Let us be patient and work together for the good of the country.

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  10. Joy July 25, 2017 at 7:07 am

    The attempts to reduce this issue to politics, race or class show a failure to grasp the seriousness of the current state of the economy. The record number of downgrades and the threat of devaluation are based on poor economic performance that will impact on the survival of all Barbadians. If food prices double it affects everbody, especially the poor. Surely an educated people an understand that the more people who offer suggestions the more likely you are to find ideas that work for the benefit of us all.

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  11. Patricia Toppin
    Patricia Toppin July 25, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Does anybody remember Margaret Thatcher and the unions that had Britain tottering or Ronald Reagan and the air traffic controllers?

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  12. Breadfruit. July 25, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Is JOAN WORELL a paid propagandist?

    Below is part of her propaganda that was proven !100% false by yesterday march.

    how can she save face?

    joan worrell
    July 21, 2017 at 12:01 am
    I wonder how Toni Moore feels tonight. Oh My God. Why has she allowed the great Barbados Workers Union to become the laughing stock of other ILO member unions. BWU members are returning to work amidst a sick-out (strike) and are turning their backs on her. The private sector is turning their backs on her. The Barbados public is turning its back on her. Over 2000 teachers who should be out there vocally supporting her, singing and chanting slogans and holding up placards, are enjoying their holidays elsewhere . That can be seen as turning their backs on her. The best way to save face at the present moment, Toni, is to tell your union members that the sick-out and strikes are hurting the people whom they were not intended to hurt and as a consequence, the union would suspend further action so that the social partnership can have discussions with the Prime Minister without duress. Forget the up we ting rubbish. That is for a bashment party.
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  13. Springheadgirl July 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I agree with you 100 percent, Joy. We need to realise that every Barbadian is affected in one way or another by the actions of this current administration.

    Don’t we realise that the private sector employs black people as well..whose jobs will also be at risk when the economy further contracts, spending power is reduced and all businesses will suffer and unfortunately some will havd to close?

    Come on Barbadians, we are supposed to be more intelligent than this. We need to stop allowing the real servants of this country to master us and trivialize our concerns by making us believe that every difference of opinion is about politics and party.

    Wake up, my people! For too long we have passively allowed 30 people to hold us to ransom…these days are becoming increasingly challenging for the average citizen…people are hurting and suffering and facing an increasingly uncertain future because of 30 servants who are being allowed to disrespect, disenfranchise and demoralize the dignity of our citizens.

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  14. Breadfruit. July 25, 2017 at 7:51 am

    @ joan

    A lotta messages were sent out yesterday. By de march, during de march, and afta de march.

    Duh aint nuh rum shop meetings , DEM got text now.

    Leh muh let yuh in on a secret. don’t leh nuhbody else hear.

    Leh he continue to play deaf. he gotta look ovuh he back moh now. shhhhhhhh, listen real good to did one….. “D” skipper now may not be “D” same skipper dat ring de bell.

    Study dat!!

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  15. Mr:Observer July 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Besides the fact that the Ministers in Gov get a Huge Salary, plus thousands of $ for traveling Allowance( why is it that there is no legislation to hold any minister responsible when money in the millions just simply disappears realy you always hear this project will cost this amount of millions & before the project is finish so many mor millions will be neded to finish & most of the time the project is not what it is suppose to be ( Barbadians this is the year 2017 the stupit eliterate days done we are educated now & we have brains we can think ( DONT let these polititians that you put in POWER fool you that they drop down from heaven so they can do as they like people in the develope world dont let politians get away with the fuckery you bagans allow these ministers to get away with get some Balls,get up stand up for your Rights demand yor rights from these people in power, frundel Stuart feel that he talking to frighten people, this is a different kind of bagan he dealing with NOw, he cant threaten us with police ,special branch or defence force, he does not realize that they are people in the Caribbean who are militant & if he thinks he can threaten or bring force against certain people here in Barbados, then Blood will flow i was ask to switch on a light in fraundel head ,we living in different times fraundel ,you cant do nobdy no harm & sleep in Ilaro Court,weather the police ,special branch or any other agency sees this or not, gone are the days when you will get away with wrong doings. i am not threatening the prime minister,i am stating facts that he should take note of, does he want members of isis in Trinidad to pay Barbados a visit, they are very militant people who are bold enough according to their philosophy & if they see an opening will give you more than you bargain for. Mr; Prime Minister dont put barbados in a pecarious position

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  16. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams July 25, 2017 at 7:53 am

    No one is please. He will not respond to anything. The tax will remain. He will choke us now even harder. Come march 2018. We will do the choking. The lion and the elephant.

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  17. Patty July 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

    We are not even preparing for the greatest event of all..the second coming of the Lord…All of this that is playing out, is the subtle move to put certain laws in place…be warned…power is a funny thing

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  18. Gie B July 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I neither support B or D cuz they both as bad as each other. Trust me, B has no solution to this problem should they be voted in next year. What are we expecting? That they will come in and remove/tek down everything…we cannot be so foolish!

    My question is this: how can you be involved in discussion if you are out on the street marching? You may not like the man but ought to respect the office that he holds…this display of rebellion disguised as “fighting for rights” is errant behavior. Poor example for the young ones – let us see what they will do in future with the examples they have been set. We will reap what we sow…

    DO THINGS PROPERLY!

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    • BimJim July 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Both B and D are responsible for the $13+ BILLION (and still rising) in national debt. That number has been building under BOTH administrations, for decades, INCLUDING under the self-appointed “financial wizard” – with a gold Rolex watch and a new Mercedes – named one Owen Arthur.

      Time for CHANGE.

      Not BLP or DLP, but seek others and ye shall find. I cannot believe that anyone else interested in standing for election – preferably who was not formerly BLP or DLP and brings the same “tricks” they learned there – could be as incompetent, stupid and carefree with taxpayers money.

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  19. Alex Alleyne July 25, 2017 at 8:28 am

    The BLP and the UNIONS had many marches before and all put together could not muster the numbers like this one . The reason is that when WHITE people speak in BIM all listen. It’s like the Universal sound, a “gun shot”…….all and sundry take notice.
    For sure we will get the “bull heads/hard heads” to listen now.

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  20. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield July 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Who can be pleased at the level of insulting and nonchalant behavior coming from government? Who can be pleased when their earning capacity is threatened? Who can be pleased when you dont know if you can afford , if you have a job ,if your business will have to fold ? Seriously no one can be please.

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  21. BaJan boy July 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Freundel playing for time to live this term get some taxes quickly and offer some so called goodies in January fix a few roads and call elections in March. Wunnah come out in numbers vote for he and thinks he is the smartest politican ever lived and the cycle starts all over for another five years.

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  22. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch July 25, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Remember man can do what he like, but not as long…..

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  23. Angela Lythcott
    Angela Lythcott July 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    He look real vex

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  24. Breadfruit. July 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

    In two terms in office, the only event that this administration could forsee and was prepared for was a non event (a riot yesterday)

    Well what can I say?

    at least the police got some extra money to help pay did NRSL.

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  25. Oliver J
    Oliver J'ace Corbin July 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Well well I guess white Barbados gotten what want de private sector not please with wth I’m hearing these is de same ppl tht price gule kill us n now crying out oh plz give mi ah break

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  26. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 25, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Wayne T Griffith used your own common sense. If you did said that they don’t invest same amount when the DLP is in power I can understand that. The Bajan white still investigating .How much white business closed down. Unless you talking about new young white Bajan investers.

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  27. joan worrell July 25, 2017 at 9:39 am

    @ Breadfruit

    Question
    Is JOAN WORELL a paid propagandist?

    Below is part of her propaganda that was proven !100% false by yesterday march.
    how can she save face?

    My response No Joan I am an independent observer. I am free to cuss DLP , BLP , UPP etc.. If you check the article on ”BUT to bring Government to their knees” , you would notice that I wish you adieu as will be off the island for an extended period. That was posted before your above query. For your information I am not known inside the DLP or BLP. My adopted roots are overseas and it is there that I will be spending the rest of summer with my grands starting this evening. It may be longer depending on circumstances when I reach there.

    With reference to yesterday’s turnout and the comparison with the transport board workers ignoring her call for strike action, you should know that that crowd consisted of every able bodied BLP, paid protesters, BWU , NUPW, BUT, BPSA, Neptuh and Kiah.

    Time is running out on me. Will finish pack. Will definitely resume the battle when I settle in overseas. In the meantime give that old sheep Lorenza a bath before I return to the island.

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  28. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Well if that is true I rather to live under a government where people are investigating their money. Than to live under a government where people are suffering baldy. A lot of people dropped down dead because of the Amount of stress that they were going through last year. Wayne T Griffith also I heard that when the BLP in power the black people get to live better. More money around more jobs available. You ain’t hear that too.

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  29. Felicia Corbin
    Felicia Corbin July 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Government raise taxes eight percent and private sector raise prices fifteen percent

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    • Dave D. Thompson
      Dave D. Thompson July 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

      The way this tax is calculated it makes prices increase by more than 8 percent because vat is calculated on top of the nsrl ..the private sector isn’t at fault here

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    • Felicia Corbin
      Felicia Corbin July 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Well you don’t shop in Barbados ten store different price same item

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    • Barbados 2.0 July 25, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Hi Felicia,

      This is an important point which deserves a proper explanation. Dave is right, it’s the compounding that makes a big difference. Now my numbers below may not be exactly correct, and my ordering may also be incorrect, but either way it should help explain the overall issue.

      Let’s say “TVLand”, a fictitious store in Bridgetown wants to import a TV to sell. Their supplier will sell them the TV for US$90 and US$10 to ship it to Barbados.

      If we assume the bank’s exchange rate is 2.04, then the true value of the TV at this point is BBD$204. Then we add the Foreign Exchange fee of 2%. Now the total is $208.80.

      The import duty is assumed at 20%, so total is now $249.70. Then we apply the NSRL of 10%, total is now $274.67, and finally VAT at 17.5% = $322.74. This is the price that it comes out of the port at (not including customs brokers, wire transfer fees or other thing that may have remained constant between the comparisons).

      Let’s also assume that TVLand has a standard markup of 20% on all items on the net VAT amount and VAT is then recalculated after. This would mean the selling price of the US$90 TV would be BBD$387.28.

      If we redo these numbers but without the FXF and NSRL, the total is $345.17. That’s a difference of 12.2%.

      This is also a good time to point out who is really making the money here. Under the current state of affairs with the NSRL and FXF, TVLand makes $54.93 for using their money, time, showroom, staff, electricity and of course risk and profit.

      The Government of Barbados however makes $81.14 (FXF=4.80 Duty=41.76 NSRL= 24.97, VAT(net)=9.61). So basically 60% of of the increase in the cost of the TV is due to all the various Government taxes and levies.

      There are a lot of simplifications in this for example, the customs broker might charge more for delivery since fuel prices have gone up, etc., but the premise is the same.

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  30. Breadfruit. July 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

    @ joan

    Historian joan got a did negative talk bout de bajans whites.
    now she running off to de mother country to visit she family

    people dus only play de race card when it suits dem.

    guh long

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  31. Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
    Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor July 25, 2017 at 11:06 am

    who can be pleased when the prime minister is a ceremonial figure and likens himself to the queen

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  32. Nadia Williams
    Nadia Williams July 25, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Ministers to disrespectful

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  33. Loretta Griffith July 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Is it that some persons are against the NSRL because it is a tax at source which goes directly into Government’s coffers and cannot be manipulated or withheld by some us?
    Some of us intelligence is limited, but we are not all totally stupid.

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  34. Jherri Santana July 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    @Barbados2.0

    u 4get to factor in that Govt will also collect tax revenue on increases on fuel, tax on business profits, rental income, plus all the taxes from all businesses activities connected to the manufacture,purchase and sale of any product or services…all businesses are connected..supply and demand!!

    the issue is one of govt wastage in overexpenditure and general misuse and abuse of public funds!!! This occurs under BLP & DLP…

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  35. Helicopter(8P) July 25, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    “United we stand ; divided we fall”! Those are the famous words of the Kentucky State flag motto! You can also play this tune from your music app. Barbados is made up of homogenous family grand pa, grand ma, Mom , dad and all the little ones grands and great-grands! Do we ever take a deep look into our minds and envision the lessor rich or even poorer families of our nation? They are the ones who perform services, purchase our products and subscribe thieves to our churches. In other words listen to the cries of the masses they must be saying something worth while! 60 million Frenchmen can not be wrong! Those who go to represent the people of Barbados must listen to good civil request and enlighten the public with transparency. May God’s graciousness shine upon you and give you peace!

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  36. Sylvie July 25, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Some of these businesses persons who marched against the NSRL are peeved because the tax will impact on the way they import certain items.

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  37. Sheron Inniss July 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    @ Hewers of wood. No I had soup with ground provisions and dumplings at my parents. The organic garden down there. It looking good and I reaping. I march with my own placard – my mouth – it ain’t got no cover. I was in the garden when they were marching. Was there in spirit. I am glad it went well. Do I believe it is going to change the DLP’s stance? No, ’cause their hearts harden like pharaoh.

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  38. Milli Watt July 25, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    wait looka massah and de house slave got to watch that type………they tell on you for favours lolol

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  39. Milli Watt July 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    i am not pleased with this government but that nonsense yesterday is something I will never support and this half baked parasetic crowed masquerading as the business class giving ultimatums to a duly elected government that ain’t on no way. PM dig in and don’t move one inch.

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  40. Milli Watt July 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    you could imagine Bynoe who is anti union walking with the union stupse this is truly a cess pool we live in. This man open his supermarket during a hurricane and sent transport for his slaves (excuse me I mean’t employees) and could say……….. “that it is high time that they sat down with members of the private sector association, members of the union and other stakeholders so that we can address the malaise that has crept into this economy over the last many years”. Last I checked when I went to the poll I ain’t see any of these clowns on the ballot sheet. YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW YOUR PLACE!

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  41. Sherlock Holmes. July 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Herbert demanded an apology from Jepter Ince, he even wrote or called the Prime minister and personally complained, yet he literally spoke words that can be construed as threatening regardless of how you view them, then when he realized his folly which was steeped in arrogance started to back pedal with all kinds of frivolous excuses and explanations mooted by him and others trying to justify his blatant disrespect and some pretend that they are blind to what is really happening. Up to this point he has not found it fit to apologize for his social unrest comment which was literally a veiled threat and we talk about double standards. Mr HERBERT BE A MAN AND APOLOGIZE!

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  42. Mark Adamson July 26, 2017 at 7:28 am

    The below contribution is a copy of a post helped done and posted by me on Facebook yesterday, July 25, 2017.

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    Yesterday, Monday, 24 July, 2017, thousands upon thousands of people marched in Bridgetown and – in the sweltering heat of the day – for multifarious reasons – including that some persons had to show dislike for a man of the biological attributes of Mr. Freundel Stuart having become prime minister of the government of this country, just as it was the case with Mr. Erskine Sandiford in the 1991 protest marches.

    But nevertheless they would have marched consistent with their having the constitutional rights to do so.

    Well, as I wistfully stood on Broad Street – at the junction with Bolton Lane – watching and analysing that mass procession of overwhelmingly adults, of the two sexes, of many different ages and hues, in myriad shapes and sizes, and from numerous professions and callings – march, move and dance along the way, to the strains of accompanying music trucks, there was but one powerful, jarring thing that came to me.

    And this was – and still is – the state of severe, chronic psycho-political dependency of numerous black people on white owned and led businesses for jobs and salaries.

    Therefore, it was this dependency/exploitation theme and optics that were paraded and depicted for spectators along parts of route and for virtually all Barbados to see and, if so, to analyse, and, by extension, the deliberate, fulsome use of that theme by the pullers of the puppet strings, that made the decisive difference between the tremendous numbers that turned out yesterday and the smaller numbers that turned out on previous marches on previous days in recent history.

    So, the owners of many white owned and or led businesses (and too other allied non-white businesses) ordered the doors of their businesses closed, and many of their black employees had either to march, get a day’s receipts and still yet wear their uniforms as a means of identification with the companies they work with, or stay at home with or without pay.

    Not a black worker could have got the said keys and reopened the doors of those businesses and worked in disagreement with those orders!!! What a dark, nightmarish thought in this so-called Season of Emancipation in a supposedly modern Barbados!

    And, so, some aspects of the local white business oligarchy exercized raw political power and aggression against the DLP movement (another oligarchy), and utilized old, crude psycho-political controlling and fear and scare mongering tactics on the employees of these businesses, as a means of getting the government to know who still commanded real political power over many black people in this country, nevermind the euphemism about sending signals to government about the need convene some meeting with all of the Social Partnership.

    But, this very awful and disturbing pageantry of multitudes of the black masses still in servitude, as servile minions and underlings, under the spell of white dominance and exploitation, absolutely overpowered another wretched spectacle of a total collective in motion and in escape from responsibility for their own individual social political failures to help come together in very positive and uplifting ways and propose credible and innovative solutions to eventually help make Barbados brighter and better place.

    Hence, in such a context, the greater the power, the greater the responsibility to do such things. And so – as starkly demonstrated yesterday too in this agglomeration of social political failure – there was this pall of many white owned and led aspects of the business oligarchy having been and continuing to renege – and massively so – on their duties and responsibilities to come up with new, exciting indigenous, egalitarian, participatory and people-centered ideologies, philosophies and psychologies for the upliftment and betterment of Barbados.

    And the black followers of the instructions and directions of these white business people and the latter’s black business allies are not entirely blameless in that outpouring of mass collective political failure. Generally, they have not only failed to follow many of the inspiring, didactic teachings and reasonings of real educators of this country – the late Errol Barrow, Mr. David Comissiong, etc., and their emphasis on reality education for our people, but they have also been failing and continue to fail – and terribly so – in their duties and responsibilities – to become greater psychologically and politically independent of the decisions and actions of the narrow self-serving and selfish agendas of ALL oligarchies in this country.

    Far from yesterday’s event being portrayed as a success in the thrust for a greater united Barbados against this DLP government, it demonstrated a failure of hope for a better and brighter future for Barbados.

    Finally, as Kadooment nears there are interesting comparisons and contrasts to be made with yesterday’s event and moreso in this so-called period of Emancipation.

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