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Salary-cut proposal ‘nonsense’

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Salary-cut proposal ‘nonsense’

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That’s how Dennis DePeiza, general secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations (CTUSAB), and political strategist Reudon Eversley essentially termed, respectively, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s proposal in Parliament on Tuesday to amend the Constitution to enable Government to cut public servants’ salaries again.
Sinckler said Government could put the brakes on its plans to lay off 3 000 public sector employees – and even rehire some already axed – if the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) changed its position and supported an amendment to the Constitution allowing this.
But yesterday DePeiza stated that CTUSAB’s position had been clearly articulated as far back as 1991 when the issue was first debated.