PM to talk NSRL with unions and private sector

The controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) will be among important matters discussed at this Friday’s highly anticipated meeting of the Social Partnership, President of the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) Akanni McDowall has revealed.

This afternoon union leaders and private sector executives met with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at his Illaro Court residence to finalize the agenda for the August 11 meeting, which is to be nationally televised.

Today’s meeting, which got underway at 2:30 p.m. and lasted approximately an hour and a half was also attended by representatives of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU), the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI).

However, while not releasing the final draft agenda, Mc Dowall told Barbados TODAY that the NSRL, which was triggered a July 24 march by over 20, 000 people, will be on the table for discussion.

“The issues of concern to the unions will be discussed at the meeting on Friday. All of the issues that would have concerned us and that persons would have marched for would be discussed at the meeting.

“We wouldn’t want to give you the contents of the agenda until the partners actually receive something in writing, but we were able to confirm what the agenda would be and therefore we are really looking forward to those issues of concern to us,” McDowall said.

He also said the unions were not at all put off by the decision by Government to televise the meeting.

The workers’ representatives have ben maintaining that the NSRL, which increased from two per cent to ten per cent on July 1, will result in greater hardship for their members and have been pressing collectively for a 50 per cent reduction in the tax or for workers to be given some form of coping subsidy.

Although Government has not been budging so far on those demands, McDowall said he was hopeful that Friday’s meeting reap some success.

“Today we were all cordial and we understood what needed to be discussed and all of the partners came with that mindset, so we were able to settle quickly on what should be addressed in the agenda.

“It is my hope that the union’s mission will be achieved. I don’t believe that we should go into any meeting without expecting some kind of significant result. So we expect that we will indeed get the necessary result, so hopefully the meeting goes according to plan and we can get things back on track,” McDowall stressed. 

Source: (CM)

12 Responses to PM to talk NSRL with unions and private sector

  1. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke August 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Hopefully he would remember this one and not be a no show like last week.

  2. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose August 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Sir you just had a mass shooting cabal occur and your tone deathness is appaling, where is your statement in responce to this and your commitment to rid the country of this gunman cabal. By forming a commission or a gun task force to seek out and rid traffickers, the purchasers and the users of guns on BIM. Violence dissuades investments it hurts businesses bottom line and wreaks havoc on certainty from a business point of view.
    Your aloofness and lack of caring for the victims is an insult to all law abiding BAJANS.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine August 10, 2017 at 12:28 am

      This man has no regard for the average bajans. None whatsoever. The crime in Barbados is not his concern. He prefers to go off in the sunset and eat some caviar with the high flyers in his many dinner engagements.

  3. Loretta Griffith August 9, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Danny Colombian Clarke: It is time to act mature and forget all the innuendos and insinuations.
    We are almost on a precipice and we can have persons still being over political with pettiness. It’s time for constructive criticism. If the country sink we all sink.
    I am a Barbadian first and foremost and would not join with any one to pull Barbados down. I have no dual nationality.
    Let us all be objective, but not blindly.

  4. Milli Watt August 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    If this PM give into these bandits he might as well call elections.

  5. Alex Alleyne August 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    His “language” will be of such that it is going to take until election time to put it all in “context”.

  6. fedup August 9, 2017 at 6:21 pm


  7. straight talk August 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    He should have past NSRL and on to crime by now, too laid back

  8. Everton Cumberbatch August 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Good! So with level heads and the interest of Barbados first, our lesders are settling down to enlightened and mature discussions on the strategy to save jobs and keep the economy afloat. I wish you all well. We all have to give a little until better can be done. If national economic decisions were only about arithmetic it will be worse for the whole Country.

  9. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    The Govt. must not budge.

  10. Carson C Cadogan August 10, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    What I am really looking forward to in the “social partnership” Televised meeting on Friday will be the composition of the Private sector representatives.

    I want to see how many of them will be White, how many will be Indian and how few will be BLACK people.

    I know that the Trade Union Stooges will be all BLACK.

  11. Tony Webster August 17, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    @ Carson: Sir, you are likely to go down in history as the only myopic, solid-gold, colour-sensitive, bigoted, yard-fowl hereabouts. Yes, with a brown nose ( sorry, beak) to top it off. You certainly take the cake…err….scratch-grain, Sir!! Wishing you the best of luck, and that one good day, you will grow up to be a mature human being, who sees everything in all the splendour of the colors of humanity, and not in raw B&W.


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