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(Barbados Today) In a scene reminiscent of 1991 when Leroy Trotman (now Sir Roy) led thousands of private and public sector employees through the streets of Bridgetown to protest against the austerity measures implemented by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration led by Erskine Sandiford (now Sir Lloyd), over 20,000 frustrated Barbadians Monday morning took to the streets of the capital in a march against Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s DLP administration’s austerity measures.

Chanting “Solidarity for the Social Partnership”, Barbadians from every sector, including banking and finance, construction, retail and the services sector, turned out with cleverly composed placards demanding an ease from the burdensome National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) and other tax measures that took effect from July 1, a month after they were announced by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in the Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals.

While National Union of Public Workers President Akanni McDowall, Barbados Workers’ Union General Secretary Toni Moore, Barbados Union of Teachers President Pedro Shepherd and Barbados Private Sector Association Chairman Charles Herbert led the march from Queen’s Park on foot, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union Mary Redman joined the protest in a wheelchair, having injured her left ankle during a march earlier this month.

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