BWU still troubled by the NSRL

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) is sticking to its guns on the dreaded National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

In her review of the year 2017, BWU General Secretary Toni Moore today identified the controversial levy, which was increased on July 1 from two per cent to ten per cent on the customs value of local manufactured and imported items, as one of the most troubling issues to impact workers this year.

Calling it “draconian and cumbersome”, Moore also served notice on the Freundel Stuart Government that her union would be stepping up the pressure to either have it either repealed or significantly reduced in the coming year.

“When we reflect, this one was one that was particularly troubling for the trade union movement because we remain of the view that while there were some measures that were necessary that would cause us some pain, this particular tax was particularly draconian and cumbersome. I say it is still our view,” the BWU leader said.

Moore, whose BWU has been clamouring for a 15 per cent pay increase for its members, also said while  “it may be difficult for people to have an increase, there is a definite cry among those we represent to have the burden of taxation that impacts on the disposable income of people to have that reduced, if not removed.

“We recognize we wouldn’t be able to remove everything, but it is going to be our continual fight to make sure we ease that burden on people going forward,” the union boss emphasized.

In announcing the tax hike in his May 2017 Budget, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had said that move would result in “increased revenue of $291 million for a full financial year and $218 million for the remaining nine months of the current fiscal year”.

However, the tax has become the subject of widespread protests, with local unions joining with the private sector back in July in strongly condemning the recent increase.

Since then, Government has promised a review of the tax, but no changes have been forthcoming to date, even though the union has been insisting that a reasonable coping subsidy must be offered to workers to help them deal with the increased financial burden.

13 Responses to BWU still troubled by the NSRL

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 28, 2017 at 1:11 am

    look careful if this go uncheck, that 509 million dollars will fall in ah well(s) pockets, like the 500 million dollars that was put up for the rainy season, many many moons ago

  2. Alex Alleyne December 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

    By APRIL 2018 we all should know who is singing in who’s Choir cause WE ALL ARE troubled .

  3. Carson C Cadogan December 28, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Why are you not troubled by the fact that your buddies in the Barbados private sector owes Govt. in excess of $670million and refuse to pay????

    Had they paid their dues there would be no need for the NSRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

      She cannot even bark at that gate. Actually the government neither.

      • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

        The government can only conjure, impose and implement financial damage and stress to black people pocket. At least she pretending she is willing to do something. She has now become like a drowning woman, every now and then she pops up her head in the milky, murky, waters, while she sinks.

        • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

          Mind u CCC the majority people don’t mind. We need to COPY the SPIRIT of Abed and the like.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 28, 2017 at 9:39 am

    @CCC 9:03 am , for once I am in total agreement with you. Your post was not blurred by “political partisanship”.

  5. Saga Boy December 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    @CCC. This is what I cannot understand. The private sector including banks does impose high prices on consumers. And all they say nothing. These unions are no longer credible. They are too political. If there is no money why is it that they want to extract blood from stone?

  6. Nathaniel Samuels December 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

    @Saga Boy- the same way the government, i.e. the DLP tries to extract from the people, what we do not have.

  7. milli watt December 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    stupse…….. I want back my union dues

  8. luther thorne December 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    DLP BOTS would always find somebody to blame .

    But the Collecting agencies have been badly undermined by the GOVT installing a lot of brash loud mouth bombastic persons in positions who simply do not know what they are doing while the people who have the training and experience are at home with some of them getting paid a salary but cannot function because the GOVT does not have a clue and the Bombastic loud mouth ignorant talking ones have bitten off more than they can chew . The Commissioner of Inland Revenue is at home drawing a Salary of 135, 000 dollars a month and not allowed to function.

    The DLP BOTS need to deal with this but the BOTS are representative of the DLP ‘s positions . The DEMS have no real clue about these things. This collection of Ministers are the most ignorant of such matters that we have ever had
    Tom , Errol and Owen understood Taxation and other matters and were able to lead.

  9. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham December 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Go and take another march with the private sector

  10. luther thorne December 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Shut up R Graham
    What was wrong with the March ?


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