(Barbados Nation) Sabotage! That, declared Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, was what appeared to be behind how some of the layoffs were being undertaken in the public sector.
But she has warned there will be order and accountability within Government.
Mottley did not mince words yesterday as she again reiterated that she was “deeply disappointed” with the manner “in which this is being done”.
Since layoffs began about a month ago, there has been confusion and a backlash about the way they were being done. As recently as last week, at least three of the island’s magistrates’ courts were left with no one to takes fees or fines when clerks/ cashiers were given their walking papers last Wednesday.
Unions have said they are still unsure about the processes being used to select those being sent home.
“But it goes even further,” the Prime Minister told members of the media after she had just formally signed a US$100 million (BDS$200 million) loan agreement with president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, at Government Head-quarters.
“I am now satisfied that there is an element of sabotage with respect to some aspects of it. And I am not blaming anybody, but I am not blind,” she said.