Category: Social Partnership

PM a no show

The trade unions and the private sector were left feeling slighted Friday after Prime Minister Freundel Stuart failed to show up for a meeting he had summoned to set the agenda for the highly anticipated gathering next Friday of the Social Partnership.    Top executives of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), the Barbados […]

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August gathering

Barbadian workers will have to wait until August 11 to hear whether they will be granted any relief from the controversial National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). Thursday, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert confirmed that he had received written confirmation from the Office of the Prime Minister of the date for […]

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No secret meeting, Stuart tells Social Partners

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will likely give the Social Partners the meeting they have been demanding, but not behind closed doors, it emerged Tuesday. Speaking in the House of Assembly on an Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) motion to discuss the issues that led to Monday’s protest by an estimated 20,000 Barbadians, Stuart hinted that […]

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PM budges

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has agreed in principle to a meeting of the Social Partnership, as pressure mounts on his administration to roll back some of the austerity measures announced in the recent Budget. However, he is yet to set an official date for the talks which come amid rising tensions between his Government, unions […]

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Sinckler pours cold water on FX proposals

The recent recommendations put forward by the Foreign Exchange Working Group of the Social Partnership to raise cruise and airport taxes seem likely to be dead on arrival on the desk Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler. Speaking to the media Wednesday during a visit to the three primary schools in his St Michael North West constituency […]

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Barbados ‘running out of time’, says Abed

President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Eddy Abed is calling on the Freundel Stuart administration to “immediately” implement recommendations from the Social Partnership working groups on the foreign exchange reserves and the fiscal deficit. Warning that Barbados did not have time on its side, the business executive painted a damning picture […]

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No rubbish

The island’s private sector this afternoon took Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to task over his comments Monday about a World Bank Group report on the ease of doing business here. In fact, the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) is contradicting Stuart’s account of reaction to the report at a meeting of the full Social Partnership. “The […]

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Don’t abandon the Social Partnership

A prominent St Lucian attorney-at-law and corporate decision-maker is suggesting that Barbados should not abandon the existing Social Partnership model. Stephen McNamara, the chairman of Sagicor Financial Corporation, said the arrangement involving Government, employers and trade unions that was established back in 1993, was perhaps the most significant example of what could be achieved through […]

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A drag

The Social Partnership has been urged to create and implement strategies that will help improve productivity among the workforce. Governor of the Central Bank of BarbadosDr DeLisle Worrell made the point during his presentation at a recent Social Partnership meeting on the country’s progress with the strategy for economic adjustment and growth, a copy of […]

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Social Partners bent on solutions

Representatives of the Social Partnership are eager to see an end to the mountain of economic, labour and other challenges facing the island. And at a full meeting of the Social Partnership, chaired by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, this morning at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Government, private sector and labour movement representatives all agreed […]

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Savouring victory

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was on hand this evening to share in Barbadian jockey Rico Walcott’s first Sandy Lane Gold Cup win. Walcott claimed the coveted race aboard Sayler’s Creek in the 34th running of the prestigious horse race at the historic Garrison Savannah. Second place went to Daunting David and Knight Rider was third. The winning horse was one […]

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Labour Minister intervenes in BWA-BWU impasse

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has intervened to try to resolve the impasse between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA). She is chairing a meeting attended by chief labour officer Vincent Burnett, a delegation from the BWU led by general secretary Sir Roy Trotman, and a BWA team headed […]

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Recovery talks

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has put Government’s players in the Social Partnership on notice.

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It is crunch time

The Barbados economy is “in imminent danger” and Barbadians will have a “much more painful time” if action is not taken now.

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‘Some pain’ needed in order to gain

The trade union movement is expecting “some pain” from new efforts to fix the Barbados economy, but is appealing to its partners in Government and the private sector to do all they can to retain jobs.

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Business pillars

The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation has been working since 2009 with many partners, stakeholders and sponsors in the Social Partnership to transform Barbados into the Number One Entrepreneurial Hub in the World by 2020.

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Social partners committed

Relations between trade unions in social partnership seem to be warming

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