Opposition party not happy with corporatising plans

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The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has labelled as unwarranted, recent statements made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne regarding the productivity of workers at both the Bendals and Burma quarries.
Browne, last weekend, said the workers’ productivity was very low and indicated that corporatising the organisations might be necessary to turn things around.
And, he also said that it would likely be done soon so as to carry roadworks and other construction projects across Antigua and Barbuda. The Cabinet confirmed the decision on Wednesday when government ministers met for their weekly meeting.
However, the opposition party, through its Public Relations Officer Damani Tabor, feels the statements are not in keeping with the current reality at the quarries and the challenges that affect the level of operations at the government-owned plants.
“If you do not equip them with the means of production, how can you turn around and lambaste them for under-production. It is another indicator of the bad-mindedness and the lack of fairness in the way this government sees things and sees workers in this country,” Tabor said.
Tabor is also unhappy with the plan to place the newly formed corporate entity under the National Asset Management Company (NAMCO), which is owned 100 percent by the government.
According to the weekly Cabinet notes, once brought under a single corporation, the management of the newly formed entity will be placed in the hands of an experienced firm, after a successful bidding process.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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