Monday, September 19, 2005
In Barbados it seems to be getting more expensive to eat.
The Island's Retail Price Index shows a steady increase, with prices moving eight per cent between April 2004 and April this year.
The increase in the cost of food since last January is an issue of "serious concern" to the Barbados Workers' Union and the National Union of Public Workers.
In fact the unions agree if the cost of living increases by five per cent or more by end of March 2006, Government will have to adjust the salaries of public workers from their very next pay packet.
Voice of Barbados, chairman of the Food Group of the Barbados Shipping & Trading (BS&T ), Frere Delmas has blamed the recent rises in crude oil prices and the three per cent cess imposed by Government from September 1 on extra-regional imports, for the food price hikes.