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Parties pleased with latest Customs talks


Parties pleased with latest Customs talks

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MINISTER OF FINANCE Chris Sinkler says the transition of Customs officers to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) is definite.  

He made that comment to the Press this evening after a meeting held at Government Headquarters which brought together the Barbados Workers’ Union, (BWU), the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and BRA.

Though no specific dates have been set to resolve issues such as supersession and appointments, he said “an ambitious agenda” was set to deal with the issues as a matter of urgency.

General secretary of the BWU Toni Moore agreed the parties were headed in the right direction, but it will take more than one meeting to finalise all the issues.

Meanwhile, the NUPW’s acting general secretary Roslyn Smith and president Akanni McDowall both agreed that they were happy with the progress made in the meeting.

Smith added; “We have identified a lot of matters that needed to be solved before we can give the go-ahead for the option forms to be issued to those officers. Hopefully we can have a meeting so after this one. Once all of those matters are resolved then the option forms can be given to the officers”. (TG)