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Come clean!

Come clean! Sir Roy Trotman. (FP)

Sat, November 03, 2012 - 12:08 AM

The Barbados Workers' Union (BWU) has called on Government to come clean about the future of the more than 700 public officers of its four revenue collecting agencies which are to be merged.

BWU general secretary Sir Roy Trotman complained that workers of the Land Tax Department, Inland Revenue Department, Value Added Tax Department and Customs had been left to mull rumours about what would happen to them under the Central Revenue Authority.

In an interview with the SATURDAY SUN, Sir Roy said: “The important thing is that with the Central Revenue Authority, there is nothing to hide. Come to the meeting – tell people what information you have.

“If you don’t have the full picture, explain what you have at the moment. If you have documentation, present the documentation so people can go away and study it and then after we come together and we start putting our own positions.

“Because they have not chosen to be that open with the parties, suspicion and rumours are the order of the day.” (GE)

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Posted by Orange Peel 1 year, 12 months ago
This administration is busy telling the people of Barbados what the opposition is going to do if they are elected to form the next government, but they are not telling the electorate what they are going to do. It is likened to the scripture verse where one can see the mole in the other one's eye but cannot see the plank that is in their own eye. They make a lot of headline statements but do not bother to give details of how, when ,where and why things are being done. We should believe their word because they say so and we are not to think and ask for details. If this is how we the public is supposed to act, then why waste the taxpayers money educating us? We could as well be robots who act on command.

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Posted by Harold Harris 1 year, 12 months ago
Merge or do not merge? In response to that question or soliloquy, what side of the redound-bar would such merging cause Barbados to fall?

I believe that merging of the revenue-collecting departments of government is a great way to cut out redundancy, while at the same time allowing government to better control or manage its expenditure, especially in these difficult economic times. Furthermore, a reduction in government spending could alleviate a debt crisis.

On the other hand, such merging can be viewed as having a negative effect, since the merging will most likely reduce consumer spending power, which is recessionary; and we surely do not want the private sector or producers to start cutting back production and laying off workers.

A balance, if any can be found, would obviously involve the weighing of both sides of the equation, but realize that any amount of government spending will generate much less economic growth than if that same amount was invested in the private sector.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 11 months ago
That the relationship between the current Government and the Barbados Workers Union has made me uncomfortable for years now and continues to do so is an understatement. Consequently I am wondering if this noise from the union leader is nothing more than saber rattling. In 2009 in what might have been its finest hour the union gave in to pleas from the government to ease the squeeze in the form of a proposed national shutdown over the Sandy Lane and Royal Shop saga. Ever since then, the union has been limping, snarling at the private sector but never speaking to the fact that there has been no increase in wages for persons in the public sector nor reduction in the cost of living.

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