It’s a recommendation that will not sit well with trade unions in Barbados but a noted Caribbean economist is recommending that the Freundel Stuart administration reduce public sector wages to help deal with the country’s economic problems. An outlook of the Barbados economy in the April 2017 by RBC Caribbean Economic Report, pointed to the high public service payroll, as well as grants to state agencies and high interest payments as some of the challenges facing the government. The economist says the administration needs to find ways to reduce fiscal spending by no less than $600 million, including cutting wages and leasing loss-making state-owned enterprises to the private sector.