In an attempt to avoid a possible roadblock, Government is making a last-ditch effort to get the full support of all the Social Partners for its Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan (BSRP) 2017, which is due to be laid in Parliament by next month.
Barbados TODAY understands that a draft of the 104-page document was given to the Social Partners on Monday last week, ahead of a meeting which took place just over 48 hours later.
However, it is understood that all parties did not agree fully with the draft document, prompting Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to schedule another meeting with the Social Partners for later this week in order to “refine” some aspects of the plan in the hope of getting their full backing.
Efforts to reach Sinckler today were not successful, and when contacted, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association Charles Herbert told Barbados TODAY he did not think it appropriate for him or anyone to air any objections in the media until the authorities were given the opportunity to address any concerns they might have.
The plan, which was designed to “put the Barbadian economy on a path of sustainable economic recovery and reinvigorate social progress”, was first announced by Sinckler in his May 30 Budget presentation.
The BSRP was structured and developed by three working groups coming out of the August Social Partnership meeting, which involved Government representatives, the trade unions and the private sector.