Public servants and Barbadians can expect a 23 per rise in their disposable income if Solution Barbados forms the next government, the party’s spokesman on economic affairs Scott Weatherhead has touted.
In a strong statement expressing solidarity with the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) demand for a 23 per cent wage hike, he declared that the new political party was ready to respond to the plight of public servants and the wider public suffering under the high taxes imposed by the Democratic Labour Party administration.
Weatherhead, who will be contesting the Christ Church East Central Seat, said Solutions Barbados was appalled at “the callous and arrogant attitude this Government has shown towards its civil servant employees over this matter of a pay increase.”
He stressed that the Solution Barbados wholeheartedly sympathizes with the plight of the public workers who have not received a pay increase for 10 years noting, “that the ministers of Government have seen it fit to reinstate their ten per cent pay cut while ignoring the union’s demands for a 23 per cent pay increase or the alternative coping subsidy for public servants.”
“Under a Solutions Barbados administration we unequivocally promise all Barbadians and their representative trade unions to provide all public servants and citizens with immediate relief from economic hardship by offering an effective increase in net disposable income at least equivalent to the 23 per cent increase the unions have sought.”
The party said it would achieve this by phasing in a set of favourable economic measures.
“Solutions Barbados will completely remove the 10 per cent National Social Responsibility Levy. We will completely remove the 17.5% Value Added Tax; we will completely remove the two per cent foreign exchange commission; we will reduce personal Income taxes from the range of 16% – 25 per cent down to a ten per cent flat tax with no deductions; we will remove import duties and taxes from healthy foods; we will reduce land taxes through our agricultural incentives. There will be no taxes on pensions or retirement benefits under a Solutions Barbados administration,” Weatherhead pledged.
He urged all public servants to resolve their pay dispute, “not through strike action, but by finally using their constitutional right in the forthcoming general elections to vote for a party that has put forward workable solutions to increase their spending power and to fix the economy. That party my friends, is Solutions Barbados.”