Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley’s plans for a national minimum wage by April 1 are unrealistic, says the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB).
General secretary Dennis DePeiza said yesterday any discussions must be based on indices of cost of living, and with the economy now attempting to find its footing following the shock from the COVID-19 pandemic, to force the issue at this time could end up doing more harm than good.
“To tell me April 1 is just talk, because that is not realistic. How are you going to get that done? Are we just going to rush something to find that you would have created a deeper hole? It is all right to say things to sound good but there is some realism that has to be taken on board. One must consider what is practical, feasible, possible and when you put all of those things in the mix, you come up with a solution that is going to take some time,” he said.
DePeiza was speaking in a press conference held at the Barbados Union of Teachers’ headquarters, Merry Hill, Welches, St Michael. (CLM)
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