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BLP pay-cut?

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BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY (BLP) Members of Parliament (MPs) don’t know if they are going to give up ten per cent of their salaries as part of Government’s deficit reduction plan.
Kerrie Symmonds, leader of Opposition business in the House of Assembly, told the DAILY NATION last night that Government had not issued any correspondence to the Opposition on the matter and the 14 BLP MPs had not met to discuss it either.
In his Ministerial Statement in Parliament last Friday, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler said Cabinet had agreed to support “a ten per cent cut in the salaries of all ministers, Government MPs, parliamentary secretaries, personal assistants and other persons designated as political appointees in the employ of the Government”.
But Symmonds made it clear: “I don’t want my personal position to be the position of the parliamentary group without having the chance to speak to them about it. The BLP has not yet had the benefit of any correspondence from Government on the matter.”
Pressed on whether the Opposition would not act until it had something in writing, the St James Central MP responded: “We would have to [not act]; because we don’t know if it was intended to apply to us.”

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