The Barbados Labour Party is in the process of a countrywide awareness and mobilization campaign, rallying people against the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, in a push that culminates Sunday at National Heroes Square.
The party launched the drive last night to a full auditorium at Foundation School, Christ Church, where economic advisor Clyde Mascoll, Member of Parliament Dr Maria Agard, 2013 general election candidate Desmond Sands, Senator Wilfred Abrahams, Senator Jerome Walcott and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told the gathering that if they were so motivated, they had options such as street protests against the levy, or they could indicate hardship in paying if it was
a financial burden.
A “help desk” with stacks of “hardship” forms was provided in the school auditorium for those who wanted to indicate to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that they were unable to make payment on this tax, the first instalment of which was due on July 28.
“I want to hear you talking. We will move to St James on Thursday, and we will have spot meetings across the island on Friday,” Mottley said. “We’ve had several meetings with a number of organizations. The bottom line is we will have a national meeting in Heroes Square Sunday night.
“We need to listen to the people . . . .
The Opposition Leader rattled off the names of ten organizations, ranging from those in the private sector to the Boy Scouts and
a church group, that had made known their objections to the tax.
“What we have heard are the institutional voices of Barbados with the possible exception of the unions . . . . I trust and pray that they would make their position
known soon. But I want to hear the people this week.”
Fielding a question from the floor on whether the BLP would call on the people to take to the streets in a march against the tax, Mottley said: “We would assess; but if the time comes, when I tell you come, come.”
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