Sinckler accuses Opposition of ‘playing politics’ with pay issue
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has accused the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of playing politics with the issue of salaries of public officers.
A resolution for a pay restoration for Cabinet ministers and other senior public officials was tabled by Sinckler in Parliament on April 15.
However, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley announced in Parliament last night that BLP members in both Houses of Parliament had written to the Accountant General, indicating that they would not accept the increase until public officers were granted a pay hike and until such time that the workers who were sent home two years ago received their settlements.
The members said in their letter that if the restoration was implemented, they would be donating their increased pay to charitable institutions or organizations.
However, Sinckler told the House it was difficult to take the BLP’s position seriously, since, according to him, their position was not consistent.
“There are so many different positions they take on this particular issue of salaries that you cannot invest in their sincerity . . . when the Leader of the Opposition comes in here calling people to march in white . . . and you create this righteous indignation.
He further charged that initially the Opposition did not want the salary cut unless you got certain things done but then “when we came and restore the salary you have a problem with that now.
“There are no more conditions, it is all politics now because they feel they can play on the insecurities of some Barbadians to say to them, ‘you are out there suffering and look these insensitive politicians in the DLP voting themselves an increase in salary’.”
Mottley has called out supporters of the BLP to a “march for justice” next Thursday and to show their dissatisfaction with Government’s handling of the country’s affairs.