Government has not had any discussions with unions to look into the taxing of the gratuities of public servants.
That was the clear-the-air statement made by Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn yesterday, after a voice note was circulating on WhatsApp, which suggested public servants could be on the verge of losing almost half of their gratuity to taxes upon reaching retirement age.
“At no time to my knowledge has there been any discussion relating to the taxing of gratuities as it relates to the retirement of public servants,” Straughn said after calling into Voice of Barbados’ Down To Brass Tacks radio call-in programme.
“I had a conversation with the acting general secretary [Delcia Burke of the National Union of Public Workers, NUPW] to indicate this thing has been in circulation. She assured me she had no knowledge of such a discussion.”