With Barbados’ economy already struggling, the local business community is very concerned about the impact the current go-slow at the island’s ports of entry.
Saying that the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) was taking note of the situation, President Eddy Abed called on those involved to “consider the greater good” and to ensure that the island’s economy was not adversely affected any further.
However, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has launched protest action against Government for reverting its president Akanni McDowall from an acting senior position to his substantive post in the public service.
Last weekend the NUPW instituted a go-slow at the island’s ports of entry and had since promised to escalate its action if the union does not receive a favourable response to its demand for McDowall to be reinstated to the acting senior position.
As a result, the BCCI president has warned of a significant negative impact not only tourism, but business in general.
“The negative effects are being felt by the tourists who have had to endure unnecessary delays. This is a sector which makes up the only growth sector in the country at this time,” he said.
“In addition, many of our importers are frustrated with the slow customs clearances and this could not have come at a worse time as businesses are currently gearing up for the critical holiday period,” he added.
In the prepared statement, Abed urged all parties involved to better resolve their disputes.
“We at the BCCI ask all parties to consider the greater good in ensuring that Barbados’ economy is not further adversely affected,” he said.
“In our 50th year of independence our leaders must be more mature and wise in resolving disagreements,” he added.