BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 22 2017 – Trade union leaders as well as the private sector have called on Barbadians to participate in a national strike on Monday.
At a news conference on Friday the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Toni Moore and the President of the Barbados Private Sector Association, Charles Herbert said this protest is in an effort to pressure the government concerning the National Social Responsibility Levy.
The officials urged local businesses to allow workers to participate in the event.
They also sought to assure the nation that the joint action will not affect the main ports of entry or the state-run Queen Elizabeth hospital.
The unions have been protesting against the 400 percent hike in the levy and hundreds recently voiced their dissatisfaction by participating in a march organised by the Barbados Workers’ Union, National Union of Public Workers, Barbados Union of Teachers and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union.
The unions gave the Government a two-week ultimatum to accede to their request and vowed to take industrial action if nothing was done.
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