Friday, April 19, 2024

Workers can join walk if they want to, say bosses

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WORKERS IN THE PUBLIC and private sectors may be hitting the streets in protest today, though there was still uncertainty as to how big that support will be.

After leading an estimated 3 000 people on a march in July 2014 against Government’s municipal solid waste tax, which placed .03 per cent charge on the site value of lands with dwellings on them, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is now banking on support from private sector workers.

Executive assistant to the Barbados Labour Party leader, Pat Parris, confirmed yesterday that the party had written to the heads of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and the Private Sector Association, asking to allow employees some time to join the walk.

While the BCCI has decided to leave the matter entirely to individual member companies, Private Sector Association chairman Alex McDonald told the media some companies indicated that if employees requested permission to join the midday march, they would not be penalised.

While stressing that this was not the position throughout the private sector, he said: “They have decided that if their individual members wished to have their employees support the march . . . that they would not stop them from doing so or punish them . . . . That is a view that I have heard from individuals who have called me.” (GE)

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