Government must establish a policy where the size of the public service does not exceed a level that would cause more than 45 per cent of Government revenue to go towards meeting salaries and wages.
This recommendation was put forward by President of the National Union of Public Workers, Walter Maloney on Thursday night as he addressed the opening of the union’s annual general conference which has as its theme “Gearing for Recovery, Development and Sustainability”.
Noting that the union was aware that the public service has always been used as a vehicle to dispense political patronage, Maloney said:
“We do not expect this to stop but a mechanism must be put in place that the threshold of 45 percent must not be exceeded.”
Maloney said while the NUPW continued to support initiatives of the Congress of Trade Unions of Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), the split between CTUSAB and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) remained and needed to be repaired.
“Egos must be laid to rest and the interest of the working class must once again be placed at the centre of our deliberations,” he said. “Failure to find a consensus is an indictment on the leadership of CTUSAB and the Barbados Workers Union.”