Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Solutions Barbados outlines plans to put more money in Bajans' pockets

Solutions Barbados' spokesperson on economic affairs and candidate for Christ Church East Central, Scott Weatherhead.

Solutions Barbados' spokesperson on economic affairs and candidate for Christ Church East Central, Scott Weatherhead.

We will bring relief to Barbadians!

That was the message expressed in a press release from Scott Weatherhead, Solutions Barbados' spokesperson on economic affairs and candidate for Christ Church East Central.

This comes as the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), urged members to engage in a two-day work stoppage last Thursday and Friday, in response to stalled wage negotiations with the Government. 

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The NUPW is asking for a 23 percent pay increase for public servants, after 10 years without any increase. While the Government offered a $49 million coping subsidy in December, the union countered with a $60 million offer, which would see public sector workers receive a lumpsum payment of $2 500.

Weatherhead scolded Government for their approach to the NUPW, stressing that while the 10 percent cut to Ministers was restored, civil servants continued to be burdened by an increase in taxes, such as the 10 percent National Social Responsibility Levy: 

“Ministers of Government have seen it fit to reinstate their 10% pay cut while ignoring the Union’s demands for a 23 percent pay increase or the alternative coping subsidy for public servants”.

The Christ Church East Central candidate said that a Solutions Barbados Government will bring immediate relief to public servants and Barbadians at large:

“We will do this by phasing in a set of favourable economic measures, starting immediately when we assume office. The list of measures shared included the following:

“Complete removal of the 10 percent NSRL in its entirety; complete removal of the 17.5 percent Value Added Tax; complete removal of the 2 percent foreign exchange commission; reduction of personal Income tax from the range 16 - 35 percent, to a 10 percent flat tax; no taxes on public workers salaries, a removal of import duties, taxes and levies on healthy foods, and a reduction in land tax through our agricultural incentives.” 

He further noted that pensions and retirement benefits will not be taxed.

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