Government Task Force and Public Service Union Join Forces Against Price Gouging
Then there is the issue of price gouging. The Government’s task force has already issued tickets to retailers caught price gouging. As part of its commitment, the PSU had agreed to have its union members join the fight against price gouging. Union President Flowers told Love News that they have already identified the members who are now awaiting training from the Ministry of Enterprise.
Dean Flowers, PSU President: “I’m pleased to report that finally we got word from the Ministry of Agriculture specifically the price control unit that they are now ready to train public officers to assist that unit with issuing tickets to retail businesses who inflate their prices and who break the law for no specific reasons other than to exploit the consumers out there. So the Public Service Union has called on its membership to volunteer and we’re hoping that we can get already fifty five public officers from across the country in the first instance and then of course it is up to the Ministry of Agriculture in terms of how many public officers they would want to appoint in the different districts or regions, villages, cayes, to assist with that exercise at their own leisure.”
According to Minister of Enterprise, Jose Abelardo Mai, the task force has issued an estimated 15 tickets between August and October. The task force was activated on August 24, 2023.