Battle line over BRA
THE NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC WORKERS (NUPW) and Government appear headed for a showdown over the soon-to-be-formed Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).
And as the April 1 deadline approaches for the 700-plus workers of Customs, Inland Revenue Department, Licensing Authority, VAT Office, and Land Tax Department to sign job acceptance letters, the NUPW has warned that Government was acting ultra vires.
The supra-tax collection agency is to be officially launched in another week but NUPW general secretary Dennis Clarke told the WEEKEND NATION that the law creating the BRA had not been proclaimed by the Governor General to make the institution a legal operation.
Clarke said the March 10 acceptance letters to employees of these various revenue bodies could be legally challenged.
He said in a statement that approval for secondment “must be sought and granted by the Personnel Administration Division before officers can take up employment with BRA”.