SABOTAGE, CRIES MIA
That, declared Prime Minister Mia
Amor Mottley, was what appeared to be behind how some of the layoffs were being undertaken in the public sector.
But she has warned there will be order and accountability within Government.
Mottley did not mince words last week as she again reiterated that she was “deeply disappointed” with the manner
“in which this is being done”.
Since layoffs began just over a month ago, there has been confusion and a backlash about the way they were being done. Recently, at least three of the island’s magistrates’ courts were left with no one to takes fees or fines when clerks/cashiers were given their walking papers.
Unions have said they are still unsure about the processes being used to select those being sent home.
“But it goes even further,” the Prime Minister told members of the media after she had just formally signed a US$100 million (BDS$200 million) loan agreement with president of the Inter-american Development
Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, at Government Headquarters.
“I am now satisfied that there is an element of sabotage with respect to some aspects of it. And I am not blaming anybody, but I am not blind,” she said.
The Prime Minister revealed she had vetoed a recommendation to sever some workers in the health sector.
“I have been very, very clear that the basis of the layoffs has to be in areas where we can restructure and repurpose in the way in which I spoke just now with the modernisation loan or the capital works so we can get the people to get work again.
“Little did we know that that recommendation – and it was nothing more than a recommendation – should find itself circulating on social media as a fact, as a fait accompli. And similarly, there have been one or two other instances that would have been brought to my attention in the last 24 hours where persons acted without the requisite authority.
“Suffice it to say, fret not thy self. There will be order and accountability in the Government of Barbados,” she noted.
Mottley had earlier said that “normal service was resuming” in the finances of the island and, while the island was not where it wanted to be, it was on its way.
She added once the loan was received from the IDB, the Central Bank would end the year with $1 billion in reserves.
Meanwhile, IDB president Morena said the bank understood the difficult situation which the Mottley administration had inherited, but “we know when a country makes a decision to bite the bullet, it deserves all of the support from the international community”.
He said there was growing confidence in the direction of “many of the difficult but correct policies Prime Minister Mottley is taking, and we can see already with what the rating agencies have done by taking the country out of selected default”.
PRIME MINISTER Mia Mottley says the way some of the layoffs are being done smacks of sabotage.