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Mia and Joe divide on BOSS

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 17 June 2020


Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley disagree on the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme. (GP)

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has reported “unbelievable buy-in” for the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme (BOSS) from Government workers.

However, Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has again knocked the initiative, deeming it “a pay cut for public servants”.

As she piloted the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme Bill, 2020, in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mottley described it as a “BOSS programme for a boss people”. She cited it as another instance when Barbadians demonstrated patriotism and rose to the occasion, responding positively to a measure designed to pull the country out of a difficult position.

The Prime Minister said the response to the programme – where public sector workers would receive a percentage of their salaries in bonds to be repaid within four years at five per cent annual interest – indicated Barbadians were once again prepared to “walk” with the Government. (GC)

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