Wednesday 1 April, 2020

NUPW awaiting notice on cutbacks

The local business community by way of the Prime Minister of Barbados may have recently learned about a move to reduce government transfers to statutory corporations, but up today, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has not be alerted.

Replying to an article in another section of the media printed following the PM’s address at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) luncheon, President of the NUPW, Akanni McDowall told Loop News:

“We certainly don’t make it a habit of responding to statements of that nature in the public.  If the Prime Minster has plans of reducing government’s transfers to statutory corporations then he must first notify the unions in writing  - then we would have to meet and discuss it. To date we have not received anything from government in writing about their intention to reduce government’s transfers to statutory corporations, and until then we take it as a statement meant only for the audience to whom he was speaking.” 

However, should this consideration be brought to the NUPW, he said that they are ready and willing to meet at the table.

“We know that there can be severe social and economic implications for reducing transfers, for example, sanitation, water, health care, transport, and education isn’t something that you can leave to the private sector.  So as I said it would be something that we would have to sit down and discuss.”

But he stressed, “Government must know though that the union’s position is and always will be, that no public servant should lose their job.”

McDowall also reminded though that the move to cut back is not a new discussion.

He explained, “As a matter of fact if you go back to 2011 you would see the conversation about reducing governments transfers to statutory corporations would have been mentioned.  So this conversation is nothing new.”  

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