(Caribbean 360 News) BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday July 24, 2017 – As trade unions and the private sector unite for a protest march this morning, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is making it clear that it won’t force his government to reverse the controversial increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).
In fact, Stuart said yesterday that he would do nothing to stop the march from going ahead.
“A few people got on to me, begging me to meet quickly to head it off. I do not want to head it off, I want it to happen. The people of Barbados have to see what is possible around here, and how far people will go in the pursuit of their perverse objectives,” the Prime Minister said, adding that no government in the world could be run on the basis of “undisguised blackmail”.
The march led by the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) and the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) is to show dissatisfaction with Government’s refusal to return to the negotiating table with the social partners in response to their calls to review the hike of the tax from two per cent to ten per cent from July 1.