The following article appeared in THE NEW TODAY newspaper on November 9, 2012.
Headlined, “TAWU addresses Income Tax Threshold”, it outlined the position of the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) of President-General Chester Humphrey on the issue of lowering the Personal Income Tax threshold.
TAWU had issued the statement two months after Humphrey and eight others, mostly former government ministers such as Peter David, Glynis Roberts and Joseph Gilbert were expelled from the then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration of Tillman Thomas.
In the release, Humphrey’s TAWU had voice strong opposition to any attempt by government to lower the income tax threshold since it would bring further hardship on the backs of the working class.
As a public service, this newspaper reproduces in full the position as outlined by TAWU some 13 months ago.
“The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers’ Union wishes to make its position clear on statements made in the last forty-eight (48) hours by one of the advisors to the Government of Grenada touching and concerning the apparent consideration of the Government to lower the Personal Income Tax threshold below sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00) annually.
Firstly, the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers’ Union is not aware that this issue was ever discussed at the Grenada Trades’ Union Council and was not part of any such discussion.
Our Union wishes to state categorically, that it is absolutely opposed to the imposition of Personal Income Tax on workers whose earnings are less than sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00) annually.
The Union has heard the view of Mr. Aaron Moses, one of the key advisors to the Government who seem to be advocating the imposition of such a tax on workers who are currently exempted.
Such a move by Government would be exceedingly regressive and would place an onerous burden on the working class who have witnessed high inflation, falling family incomes due to high unemployment now over forty percent (40%) and an economy which have stalled with businesses collapsing everyday and where there are massive foreclosure on homes – one just have to go to any one of the weekly newspapers and one would witness that almost on every page there are notices of homes for sale.
The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers’ Union is of the view that the imposition of any such tax would be an unconscionable act and would lead to a further strangulation and slow down of the economy.
We trust that the scores of Union members who have expressed concerns are clear on the position of the Technical and Allied Workers’ Union”.