Had the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) been returned to office, it would not have contemplated sending home public servants unless it was the only option available, general secretary Guyson Mayers said.
He slammed the Barbados Labour Party administration for its proposed move to retrench Government workers as part of austerity measures to fix the ailing economy.
Mayers told a DLP branch meeting in St Andrew at the Alleyne School on Sunday night, that such a move would have gone against the principles of the DLP.
“We have been criticized for not being harsher and you would remember when the DLP was in office, every week in Parliament the Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister were being urged to cut Government spending, but no one ever said cut from where.
“Now we know why those cuts could not have come from the DLP; it is not that kind of party,” Mayers, the chairman of the Police Service Commission under the DLP government said.
“This party will always think long and hard before putting people on the breadline. This party will always think long and hard before placing you in a position where you can’t survive and this party will always think long and hard before it disadvantages not just you but your children, and your children’s children.”
Mayers insisted that in the current tough economic times, terminating the services of public servants would have been a last resort, describing the actions of Government as similar to that of a plantation owner.
“The past administration, being loyal to its principles of the DLP, could not have taken these kinds of decisions without sweating over them.
“The fact that they could blow into office and in two or three months drag everything that is familiar to us from under our people, would have been hard for a DLP administration to do,” he said.
“We are seeing what happens when you manage a plantation, when you manage an economy without reference to what the society is going to feel. We have to look at the lives of people, ordinary people, because there is a different class of people who don’t have to worry about the cuts.”