SAB­O­TAGE, CRIES MIA

UK Barbados Nation - - FRONT PAGE - By HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON heather­lynevan­[email protected]­tion­news.com

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.

‘Not blind’

“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”.

(Pic­ture by Heather-lynn Evanson.)

PRIME MIN­IS­TER Mia Mot­t­ley says the way some of the lay­offs are be­ing done smacks of sab­o­tage.

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