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ber of Indus-
try and Com-
strail is sup-
move to close
at last Thursday's post Cabinet briefing
that state enterprises which are not per-
forming will be closed.
Speaking following a Habitat for Hu-
manity handing over ceremony of a house
to a family in La Romaine yesterday, Tre-
strail said: "The country is goingthrough
difficult times andit is incumbent on the
Government to assess the number of state
enterprises that wedo have to ensure those
which are productive remain productive
and more importantly those which are not
productive, we need to either make them
accountable and productive, or we need
Commenting on Government's second
draw down from the Heritage and Stabili-
sation Fund (HSF), Trestrail said it was to
take measures to boost productivity.
"The Government had indicated that
they would be drawing down the fund.
We have a $16 billion-odd deficit.
"They had indicated that in the mid-
budget and even back in September last
year, so I guess it was sort of expected.
"The Government had a programme to
draw down on the fund. Obviously they
are executing that programme."
The Chamber president, added, however
that Government should ensure they get
a good return on the investments.
On Friday, the Ministry of Finance an-
nounced that the money taken from the
HSF will be usedparticularly for the Pub-
lic Sector Investment Programme.
The Government made its first draw
down from the HSF in May last year.
Chamber president tells Govt:
with CWU tomorrow
Officials of the Commu-
nication Workers' Union
(CWU) will meet tomor-
row with Tourism Minister
Shamfa Cudjoe to discuss
the planned dissolution of
the Tourism Development
Company (TDC) and will be
seeking a say in the TDC's
CWU secretary general
Joseph Remy yesterday con-
firmed that the union will
meet with Cudjoe who was due
home from a Belgium trip by
the end of last week.
Last Friday, the union filed
an application in the Industri-
al Court to have TDC workers'
job terminations declared an
industrial relations offence.
"We'll attend tomorrow's
meeting but it's doesn't re-
move the industrial relations
breach committed by Govern-
ment in this matter," Remy
The CWU is calling for Cud-
joe to be removed as Tourism
Minister and is also calling for
Prime Minister Dr Keith Row-
ley to step down.
"Her approach is one of im-
maturity and arrogance which
isn't good character for any
minister at this time," Remy
"Also, since the Prime Min-
ister says he's responsible for
the decision, his leadership
also has to be reviewed with
a view to being dissolved.
"You can't accept responsi-
bility for such a decision with-
out saying what the remedy to
it is. That is poor leadership,"
Remy said there is an al-
ternative in the TDC matter
which the union sees as "more
appropriate in the circum-
stances and which can achieve
the same outcome the Prime
"We would want to tell the
ministry that in the face of
their breach of the IR process,
they should give union, staff
and stakeholders a say in the
restructuring process," he said
CWU is calling for a copy
of a June 2016 report which
purportedly influenced the
"We don't know of any
report save one on TDC by
Barbadian tourism consult-
ant Cecil Miller, nor have we
seen any final report by the
Standing Committee to ex-
amine tourism development,"
a place since
the Ministry and
TDC should have
met the union first
on the dissolution and
that didn't happen but
they've now shifted to having
Remy said the union will
continue demonstrations in
front of Parliament this
week, including after
See story on Page A10
Republic Bank manager Nirmala Heeralal, left, presents Kibrea Ann Christopher, of Pleasantville, with her prize for winning the
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