Have International Financiers Tightened Up Barbados’ Credit Since Cricket World Cup?
Prison Warders Not Paid Since February
SINCE FEBRUARY more than 50 temporary prison warders have not received one red cent.
And while the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is not threatening any protest action, deputy General Secretary Derek Alleyne said yesterday the situation was “unreasonable”.
He told the DAILY NATION that he met with the ministry of Home Affairs back in March and the commitment was that the situation would not recur.
“We want the people to get their money. This level of hardship is unreasonable and unconscionable. This is nothing new, this is a reoccurring problem and they (ministry) have promised that the people would get their money but the same story reinvents itself,” Alleyne said.
Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs Dale Marshall said that while he was not aware of the particulars of the situation, he acknowledged that the records showed that some warders were not paid since the middle of May. The issue had come up for discussion just last week at a meeting, he added.
Marshall said that he had asked the Chairman of Public Service Commission, Nigel Jones, to look at proposals made by the Ministry of Home Affairs where a small committee would be delegated to oversee the payment of the substitute workers.
… continue reading this article at The Nation News (link here)
Context Is Everything!
If I’m late with a mortgage payment after ten years of always on time, the bank won’t be terribly cranky because they know our family is hard-working and reliable. Be late again the next month, and eyebrows raise. When you’ve been late four out of the past six months, alarm bells start to sound.
Here are a few of our past articles. Like I said, context is everything.
Think “Borrow and Spend – Steal A Bit, Borrow and Spend – Steal A Bit, Borrow and Spend… Oh OH… Looks Like We’re A Little Late With This Month’s Interest Payment…”
March 13, 2006 – Secret Memo Highlights Impending Cricket World Cup 2007 Cash Crunch
March 26, 2006 – “Barbados Government Cash Flow Problem – Tip of the Iceberg?”
March 19, 2006 – Barbados Free Press Readers Comment On “Is Barbados Bankrupt?”
April 25, 2006 – Barbados Spending Cannot Continue – And GEMS Scandal Just Keeps On Going And Going And Going…
June 26, 2006 – 1000 Barbados Water Authority Employees Walk Out Over Non-Payment Of Wages
June 27, 2006 – Barbados Government Cash Flow Problem?
July 13, 2006 – Barbados Police Recruitment Plan – Half The Pay Found Elsewhere
July 24, 2006 – Horrors!!! – After 12 Years Of Borrow and Spend, Barbados PM Discovers Money Has To Be Paid Back
September 5, 2006 – Some Barbados Ministry Of Health Workers Not Paid For 3 Months
October 3, 2006 – Barbados Government Priorities: New Cricket Stadium, Flyovers, Golf Courses – While Citizens Haul Water In Buckets, Use Outdoor Pit Toilets In The Dark
January 8, 2007 – Barbados GEMS Hotel Scandal Still Costing Big Time Tax Dollars – Will It Never End?
February 21, 2007 – Barbados Auditor General Says Millions Missing – We Say No Laws Were Broken
March 4, 2007 – More Labour Troubles Because Barbados Government Can’t Meet Payroll Again
March 15, 2007 – How Long To Pay Back $51 Million Barbados “Investment” In Harrison’s Cave?
March 25, 2007 – Is Barbados Tourism “Growth” Really Just Inflation?
May 17, 2007 – What Happened To The Money From Hotel and Resorts Ltd’s Assets Sale? How Much Went Into David Shorey’s Pocket?
May 28, 2007 – Barbados Underground Barbados Spends Millions On CWC 2007 And Other Projects But Ordinary Workers With Children To Feed Continue To Wait Over Two Months For Wages
May 29, 2007 – Again – Barbados Government Workers Not Being Paid For Months, Weeks
June 12, 2007 – Patrick Hoyos – The Selling Of Barbados “To Keep Our Artificial Economy Ticking Over”
July 6, 2007 – The Legacy Of Cricket World Cup: Debt, Debt And More Debt
July 7, 2007 – New Trinidad and Tobago’s “Slightly Used” Fast Ferry Ready To Go! (Meanwhile In Barbados A Government Culture Of “Always Buy New, Always The Best” Is Bankrupting The Country)
July 23, 2007 – Cricket World Cup Stiffs The Barbados Police – Officers Owed Over A Million Dollars For Security Duties
August 5, 2007 – Barbados Psychiatric Patients Not Being Fed Because Road Taxes Not Paid On Hospital Vehicles
August 21, 2007 – Nation News: Prison Warders Haven’t Been Paid Since February
August 22, 2007 – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Owes Millions To Suppliers, Some Haven’t Been Paid In Four Months