BRA depriving workers of proper pensions, charges Sir Roy

Government is being accused of violating its own rules and customs as it relates to the retirement of public servants who were transferred to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).

Independent Senator Sir Roy Trotman Wednesday complained in the Senate that many of these workers were being deprived of their full pensions because of the formula being used to determine their compensation.

“Before their pensions are computed they are then pushed back down to their substantive position in the general service. If they were at $3,000 a month they were taken back down to $2,100 at which their pensions would be computed, when in fact they had been taken up to a higher job. The years that they spent in the BRA were not taken into account,” the retired trade unionist said as he spoke on the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill 2017.

He said this was a clear case of Government “undermining its own rules, its own regulations, its own customs and its own practices [and] it is setting a bad example for other employers”.

Sir Roy sought to absolve the policymakers of blame, charging that the people who made such decisions often did not have the authority to do so.

And he called on Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to investigate the complaints in an effort to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the retiring workers.

“Too many people want to show their power but seek to avoid responsibility for their abuse of that said power. I would urge whatever Government agency, in this case the Ministry of Finance, to check out the allegations which have been made here. They have not been made in any bad faith by this speaker. They are made as a result of several presentations and importuning that have been made. In some cases, the people said they have raised those issues before now and they are not getting any traction,” the former general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union stressed.          

Sir Roy also questioned the BRA’s ability to implement the amended legislation, which seeks to raise the threshold of the payment of VAT from $80,000 to $200,000.

8 Responses to BRA depriving workers of proper pensions, charges Sir Roy

  1. Ernesta Catlyn August 3, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Finally, and there are numerous other situations that need to be addressed. Instead of dealing with all the issues related to that ‘institution’ persons that exercised their right to leave where maligned and the Board and whoever else would listen were told that those persons left because they did not like work. Come out things. More to come

  2. Saga Boy August 3, 2017 at 6:16 am

    A few weeks ago Sir Roy made a claim about the same department which proved to be far from the truth.

  3. JasonC. August 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Ahh boy, somethings shall come to light.

  4. Ernesta Catlyn August 3, 2017 at 7:09 am

    For those who feeling the pinch of the shoe, Saga Boy, they know he is true

  5. Donild Trimp August 3, 2017 at 9:50 am

    The following statement by Sir Roy makes no sense.

    Sir Roy sought to absolve the policymakers of blame charging that —— “the people who made such decisions often did not have the authority to do so”.

    Barbados is truly a Banana Republic if binding decisions can be made by people who have no authority to make such decisions.

    Can decisions affecting the livelihood and wellbeing of so many Barbadians withstand a legal challenge in a competent court of law if such decisions are made by people with no authority to make such decisions?

    Are Barbadians really this stupid?

    • roger headley August 3, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Barbadian went out in their numbers and paid the municipal solid waste tax, what does that tell you?

  6. Milli Watt August 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

    bad faith…..Leroy please! you and bad faith sleep together yuh oh yeah this is a family blog stupse

  7. hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    @Saga Boy you don`t even have a miniscule of anything that is worth paying attention to when it comes to your defence of the DLP. It is no surprise when the DLP make laws, decisions and bring to the public and anyone with their brain tied behind their backs can punch holes in them. The party members, most of them are Cave Hill graduates, what is that telling you? They brought the Finger printing fiasco, the Cahill waste to energy debacle, the Hyatt blunder, the solid waste tax mess, BRA that can`t get going and now this latest tax, NSRL that no one seems to understand, not even the “16′ that voted for it.


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