Unions reject comment from Industry Minister ahead of planned protest

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 10 2017 – Ahead of Tuesday’s planned march to protest against the recent implementation of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), the major trade unions have accused Industry and Commerce Minister Donville Inniss on “mocking the Barbadian workers”.

The union leaders in a joint statement on the weekend, made reference to a comment made by Inniss in which he dismissed the decision of the unions to march to Parliament on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Inniss, in an interview with journalists, referred to the march as “a walk to burn calories”.

“The minister’s comments in a section of the press are extremely unfortunate and speak a callousness, arrogance and insensitivity that has too often been observed both in the mouthing and behaviors of some members of the Government. Initially, the unions thought it better to ignore the Minister’s call for attention, but sadly, this also rings true for far too many governance practices to which this society has been subjected by said minister and his other Cabinet colleagues,” the statement noted.

The unions also accused Inniss of ridiculing workers against the backdrop of the recent pay restoration afforded parliamentarians.

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