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Byer-Suckoo defends bigger NIS board

Byer-Suckoo defends bigger NIS board

It is only right that the Ministry of Labour be represented on the National Insurance Scheme’s (NIS) board of directors because it is the ministry with responsibility for Barbados’ vital social security scheme. This was the argument put forward tonight by Minister of Labour and Social Security Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo as she led debate in […]

‘Don’t rush Govt for your money’

‘Don’t rush Govt for your money’

Barbadians who are owed money by Government are being told by a ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) senator to wait for payment in silence. Referencing workers still to paid for services rendered during Barbados’ hosting of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII) back in August, Senator Reginald Hunte warned that there were consequences for […]

Power grab!

Power grab!

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is charging that the governing Democratic Labour Party is trying to tilt the balance of power on the board of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to influence decision-making on major investments by the social security scheme. When the Upper House debated the National Insurance and Social Security Amendment Bill […]

We need to fully exploit the Barbados brand, suggests Watson

We need to fully exploit the Barbados brand, suggests Watson

Independent Senator John Watson believes the local agricultural sector can help Barbados to dig its way out of its current economic downturn. However, he suggested yesterday that a lot more work needed to go into the development and marketing of an authentic brand of Barbadian products. “Barbados has such a good name worldwide that we […]

Bill is not about banning jokes at work – Lady Haynes

Bill is not about banning jokes at work – Lady Haynes

An independent senator is warning that the Employment Sexual Harassment (Protection) Bill 2017 must not be seen as a vehicle for banning jokes or touching in the workplace. Instead, Lady Carol Haynes, whose professional title is Dr Carol Jacobs, said the measure must be seen as a means to protect vulnerable men and women at […]

Senate approves sexual harassment bill

Senate approves sexual harassment bill

The Senate this evening approved the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill 2017, which Government Senator Verla De Peiza described as a “paradigm shift” in gender relations that should lead to a cultural revolution. The legislation makes provision for the protection of employees in the public and private sectors from sexual harassment at the workplace, provides […]

No more!

No more!

The days of men being laughed out of court or referred to as sissies for reporting female sexual predators are over thanks in part to new legislation being introduced to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, according to Government Senator Patrick Todd. In his contribution to the debate in the Senate on the Employment Sexual […]

Watson: Cut food import bill

Watson: Cut food import bill

Independent Senator John Watson wants Government to focus on reducing the island’s $500 million food import bill, as it presses ahead with its plans for offshore oil exploration. Speaking Wednesday during debate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) 2017, Watson noted that oil and food accounted for the bulk of Barbados’ imports, and according to him, […]

We need to get back to waste to energy – Worrell

We need to get back to waste to energy – Worrell

A Government legislator wants to place waste to energy back on the table as a priority for national discussion, just over a year after one such project collapsed spectacularly in the wake of public opposition. Issuing the call on Wednesday during debate in the Senate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017, Senator Andre Worrell […]

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