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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.

5 Responses to Sinckler accuses Opposition of ‘playing politics’ with pay issue

  1. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson May 14, 2016 at 6:37 am

    After you have the economy on such hard grounds you want to discuss salaries

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 14, 2016 at 8:23 am

    If only you were credible and sincere. Mia Mottley is right on this occasion and where the SSS have very little regard for her, the SSS will support her in this move. Minister Sinckler you have told too many lies to gain any ground on sounding truthful. You are a disgrace.

  3. dave May 14, 2016 at 9:34 am

    The SSS needs to cut ties with the DLP and stop voting for a Barrow DLP that does not exist

  4. Sandra basc May 14, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Mr Sinckler you said it perfectly. Insensitive bunch you all are.

  5. Green Giant May 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    As a government, and even simply as politicians, you must know the rules of engagement. ” If you place fodder before hungry cattle, they will devour the fodder and by extension you as well”.

    You all are constantly placing your heads on the chopping block, so why complain when the blades are sharpened?


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