Industrial action could setback economy, warns Sinckler

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler wants an end to the industrial action being taken by the NUPW

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is worried that if not quickly resolved, the current industrial action being taken by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has the potential to undermine the island’s economy.

Speaking to the media at the end of the Lawson Weekes Educational Scholarship Programme held this morning at Almond Bay, Hastings, Christ Church, Sinckler admitted the gains which the country had made in recent times were in jeopardy of being reversed.

“Any industrial disruption is unwelcomed. It is not something that one would prefer to see. Of course the workers and their representatives are within their rights to protest, or to agitate, or to withdraw labour if it gets to that in defence of a position or in promotion of a position, so we can’t take that away, that’s just the system we have.

“But from an economic perspective, it is not something that we want to prolong or to have prolonged for any extended period of time, because it could have an impact on productivity and it can also have an impact in relation particularly to tourism because we have the SSA workers who are reportedly off their job,” the Minister warned.

“These are things that we have to be very sensitive to, and to ensure that the gains which we have made and that have continued into some extent into the second quarter of this year, that those are not reversed.”

Sinckler noted that presently around the world, countries were finding it increasingly difficult to function efficiently in what he described as a “volatile environment”.

To this extent, he said Barbados had to be very careful not to engage in any activity which could hamper its own development.

“The environment is not getting increasingly better, it’s getting a little volatile,” Sinckler said, while pointing to what was happening in Greece, a slowdown of the Canadian and Chinese economies and the crash of the stock market.

“We have seen other developments which do not promote confidence in the global economy continuing its expansion. So we have to be very mindful and very careful of what we do.”

However, Sinckler was confident that a solution would soon be found, paving the way for “a return to normalcy in the country”.

“These issues are issues of industrial and labour relations and I think those issues can be resolved. But they have to be resolved with compromise on all the sides. You are never going to be able to have an issue resolved if everybody sticks their heels into the ground and decides they are not compromising,” he maintained.

The NUPW is demanding that the Barbados Investment Development Corporation (BIDC)  either rescind the letters they sent to 10 employees who were retired at the age of 60, or pay them until they reach the retirement age of 67.

The refusal of the BIDC to do so, has so far resulted in a national protest march, which took place last Monday, as well as an ongoing strike by employees of the Sanitation Service Authority.

 

 

61 Responses to Industrial action could setback economy, warns Sinckler

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Right now your budget from a few weeks ago have this whole country on a backburner despite some serious, witty kaisos for this year’s Barbados Crop Over Festival.

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne July 11, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      Alrighty then. Add to that, Kym, pure solid waste.

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    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne July 12, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Alrighty then, Ryan Henry. You can even call it pure solid waste.

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  2. Angel Thomas
    Angel Thomas July 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm
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  3. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    knew that is why they refused to act , just so they could find someone other than the BLP to blame , the lie cannot work any longer

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  4. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens July 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    every one knows that except for the union and the goverment

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  5. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess July 11, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    U deserve a medal… How u does find sooo much c*** ta talk is beyond me! Set back????? Wa we so far behind that all in 2030 this recession gine still be reigning so hush yc! That 300mill loan mek u smile from ear to ear smfh dat fat gine soon reappear slim Jim! U want to be healthy don’t only lose fat, lose greed and wickedness! See how light u wud get

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  6. Dave D Small
    Dave D Small July 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Chris u and ur gov do more setting back than any strike can dream of

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  7. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy July 11, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    his salary should be docked for stating the obvious …

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  8. Jack Baeur
    Jack Baeur July 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    my garbage hasnt been taken up for 4 wks now and there wasnt a strike all that time so what are u really saying.from the day after the last elections this economy and this country has been set bck to the dark dark ages,I KEEP LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW FOR DINOSAURS.

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    • Beverley St John
      Beverley St John July 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Be careful what you wish for! You just might see some one day when you look out you window! LOL!

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    • Beverley St John
      Beverley St John July 11, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Be careful what you wish for! You just might see some one day when you look out your window! LOL!

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    • Jack Baeur
      Jack Baeur July 11, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      with the way things are going it really won’t surprise me ,cause nothing does these days

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    • Jack Baeur
      Jack Baeur July 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

      didnt want to say it @ anthony hinds but yes they are

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    • Gavin Dawson
      Gavin Dawson July 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      But Sinckler and his party have been bad for the Barbados Economy ever since they have been in power.

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  9. Winston Arthur Trechane July 11, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Whenever Mr. Sinckler opens his mouth to address a public audience he speaks over their head, and tangent to their comprehension. When he sees fit . . . he omits the truth.

    “These are things that we have to be very sensitive to, and to ensure that the gains which we have made and that have continued to some extent into the second quarter of this year, that those are not reversed.”

    Not giving examples of “the gains” is an evasive tactic that he uses to occult the fact that a single loan from IDB is not a “gain”. Instead it is a debt which the national revenue is now burdened with.

    “The environment is not getting increasingly better, it’s getting a little volatile,” Sinckler said while pointing to what was happening in Greece, a slowdown of the Canadian and Chinese economies and the crash of THE STOCK MARKET

    What nature of comparison is “increasingly better” to “a little volatile”? Only the Minister can interpret the world economy in these terms using the economic activities of less than a handful of individual countries as examples. It is widespread knowledge that Greece’s economic crisis is the result of unethical processes of the private banks of that country.

    His reference to the Canadian and Chinese economy is a subterfuge that he uses, either with lack of knowledge or with full awareness, to camouflage his Ministries ineptness in acting on the global market. The track record of these two economies show sustained, above average growth throughout the cyclic period of increased global economic activity. More so in the case of the Chinese economy which has an average 4% growth index over recent years. Therefore, any “slowdown” in these economies is comfortably cushioned internally permitting those countries to maintain their competitive status on the global market. This is the lesson he should have learnt from his cockeyed observation of the statics relevant the countries he referred to.

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  10. Kevin Knight
    Kevin Knight July 11, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    It can’t do as much damage to the economy as you and colleagues have and countine to do.

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  11. Lica July 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Mr. Minister we need a raise of pay and remove the 3 cent a mins on cellphones n all of the taxes n from next month we can’t even Buy PhD or Fruta Juices for our children went there go back to school! It will get better bout here, 2 much taxes even deduct the 17.5% in Vat n u will see the Difference as for now Enough is Enough!! With u Guy! U Promised so much in the last Election n the Election B4 that is Why the Dlp finding Dems Self in problem caused the Blp was to send HOME 10,000! By Next Year u should have a bout 5,000 ppl Home n by 2018 the rest should be gone so how much this time Ms. Mottley will be sending 15,000 Or 20,000 I’m aware of all ur Trick!!

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  12. Winston Trechane
    Winston Trechane July 12, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Whenever Mr. Sinckler opens his mouth to address a public audience he speaks over their head, and tangent to their comprehension. When he sees fit, he lies. When he thinks it’s necessary he omits the truth.

    “These are things that we have to be very sensitive too (sic), and to ensure that the gains which we have made and that have continued into(sic) some extent into the second quarter of this year, that those are not reversed.”

    Not giving examples of “the gains” is an evasive tactic that he uses to occult the fact that a single loan from IDB is not a “gain”. Instead it is a debt which the national revenue is now burdened with.

    “The environment is not getting increasingly better, its getting a little volatile,” Sinckler said while pointing to what was happening in Greece, a slowdown of the Canadian and Chinese economies and the crash of THE STOCK MARKET
    What nature of comparison is “increasingly better” to “a little volatile”? Only the Minister can interpret the World Economy in these terms using the economic activities of less than a handful of individual countries as examples. It is widespread knowledge that Greece’s economic crisis is the result of unethical processes of the private banks of that country.

    His reference to the Canadian and Chinese economy is a subterfuge that he uses, either with lack of knowledge or with full awareness, to camouflage his Ministries ineptness in acting on the global market. The track record of these two economies show sustained, above average growth throughout the cyclic period of increased global economic activity. More so in the case of the Chinese economy which has an average 4% growth index over recent years. Therefore, any “slowdown” in these economies is comfortably cushioned internally permitting those countries to maintain their competitive status on the global market. This is the lesson he should have learnt from his cockeyed observation of the statics relevant the countries he referred to.

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  13. Winston Trechane
    Winston Trechane July 12, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Whenever Mr. Sinckler opens his mouth to address a public audience he speaks over their head, and tangent to their comprehension. When he sees fit, he lies. When he thinks it’s necessary he omits the truth.

    “These are things that we have to be very sensitive too (sic), and to ensure that the gains which we have made and that have continued into(sic) some extent into the second quarter of this year, that those are not reversed.”

    Not giving examples of “the gains” is an evasive tactic that he uses to occult the fact that a single loan from IDB is not a “gain”. Instead it is a debt which the national revenue is now burdened with.

    “The environment is not getting increasingly better, its getting a little volatile,” Sinckler said while pointing to what was happening in Greece, a slowdown of the Canadian and Chinese economies and the crash of THE STOCK MARKET
    What nature of comparison is “increasingly better” to “a little volatile”? Only the Minister can interpret the World Economy in these terms using the economic activities of less than a handful of individual countries as examples. It is widespread knowledge that Greece’s economic crisis is the result of unethical processes of the private banks of that country.

    His reference to the Canadian and Chinese economy is a subterfuge that he uses, either with lack of knowledge or with full awareness, to camouflage his Ministries ineptness in acting on the global market. The track record of these two economies show sustained, above average growth throughout the cyclic period of increased global economic activity. More so in the case of the Chinese economy which has an average 4% growth index over recent years. Therefore, any “slowdown” in these economies is comfortably cushioned internally permitting those countries to maintain their competitive status on the global market. This is the lesson he should have learnt from his cockeyed observation of the statistics relevant the countries he referred to.

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  14. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah July 12, 2015 at 12:52 am
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  15. seagul July 12, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Wake up–the world is in a hole—give thanks

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  16. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke July 12, 2015 at 4:17 am

    We mash up the country, bring down the government, have fresh elections, vote in the BLP and life in Barbados will be peachy ,right. Just wondering…….

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    • Frederick Alleyne
      Frederick Alleyne July 12, 2015 at 5:36 am

      Not mash up the country, but protest, and if possible get this government to go so that we have better management in this crisis that was created mostly by the DEMS.,

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    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke July 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Sounds great; get rid of one set of politicians, replace them with another set. Presto. All problems solved; massive debts reduced; everybody working again, QEH has money for basic supplies, a UWI graduate in every house etc. Way to go….

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    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke July 12, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Sounds great; get rid of one set of politicians, replace them with another set. Presto. All problems solved; massive debts reduced; everybody working again, QEH has money for basic supplies, a UWI graduate in every house etc. Way to go….

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      • Mike July 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        You got that right

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  17. Louise King
    Louise King July 12, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Sinkle what about de action taken by U–may be ur actions is sending de govt straight to de polls–betta reverse–ur actions before it is too late

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  18. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires July 12, 2015 at 6:16 am

    You ppl is two headed snakes..you all know the government sucks n ppl is fedup(poor ppl)….a shut down will show dem that we need better n not bitter….

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  19. Tony Webster July 12, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Whom, exactly, is the Honourable Gentlelman “warning”?
    There is so much “fiscal misery”; angst; desperation; frustration; dejection; weariness and hoplessness out there amongst citizens…that I think The Goodly Honourable gentleman, should take his own advice…and be aware that there is always a breaking point…for even mild-mannered; God-fearing; well-behaved; law-abiding; up-right; decent…citizens.

    Take me, for example: this very morning…I prayed for blessings “on those in whom we have placed trust and governance over us”. I have absolutely no idea if everyone else in Barbados…did likewise….but I ain’t taking no bets on that!

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  20. Jane Brathwaite
    Jane Brathwaite July 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Says and not warns…..

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  21. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Wayne, gains from your paycheck.

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  22. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

    You give them the word, to sack the workers, now reverse it.

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  23. dave July 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    the DLP has set back the economy. 7 years of nonsense– resign as soon as wuuna qualify for pension do !

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  24. villager. July 12, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I say let them continue their actions, strike, strike, bully, bully,then what? Destroy every thing that you the unions ironically have worked so hard for, and all the talk about bringing down this government, go right ahead, i have seen those who have always been in a hurry power and they fail,remember,regardless of what are opinions are God is in control and his words states that he alone puts governments and take them down, history has shown that all governments set up by some form of force do not prosper, and if they seem to prosper only for a short time, arrogance and pride are the works of the prince of darkness and he is present where ever there is confusion.The great king David of biblical times showed the example,when spurred by his counterparts to slay Saul God’s appointed king at the time he refused because he knew that to do so would be to go against God, and face the wrath of god,so i say to all of those who may speak be against this shut down of the country, do not worry let it proceed.

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  25. Donna July 12, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    God is in control? Exactly what is He in control of and why is everything in a mess? Is this God’s will then? Really! All this nonsense is as a result of man’s exercising of his free will. I don’t blame God for my voting error. I never even asked Him who to vote for. And I’m willing to bet that most other voters would say the same.

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  26. Donna July 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Mr. Sinckler, it is often said that when one points one’s finger at someone else the other fingers point back at YOU. Your party’s callous and haphazard mismanagement of the retrenchment process has caused the industrial action which could set back the economy. In other words Henry, you need to fix the hole you made in the bucket.

    Then fix it, dear Sinckler
    Dear Sinckler it!

    And please don’t ask with what shall you fix it!

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  27. Donna July 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    That’s dear Sinckler fix it!

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  28. carson c cadogan July 12, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Chris we all know that this lil fella who leading the Unions is on a quest to damage the country. this has nothing to do with any 13 people at BIDC, that is understood by all and sundry. Which Political party is hell bent on making sure that the economy of Barbados does not improve once they are on the opposition benches? Notice that the agendas are the same. Now simply put two and two together.
    The economy is showing signs of recovery, so all attempts are being made by MIA MOTTLEY AND THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY and those who they control to make sure it never happens. Therefore if the economy tanks then the blame can be fairly laid at the feet of McDowall and his Unions and the Barbados Labour Party. The Govt. will not be at fault. All sensible people will see that.

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  29. Mike July 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    The unions are not interesting in the economy but their political and economic survival. Are they going to pay for the days those workers were on strike. Elections are around the corners and most of what we will be hearing with be politically bias. What bajans have to understand, that at the end of the day, which ever party becomes the next government, we can not go back to employing government workers that carries a burden on our economy. We as bajans have to create a private sector led job market that is sustainable productively.

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  30. villager. July 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Donna,the whole world is in a mess not only Barbados as you so alluded to,and the nonsense that is being foisted on us by certain persons in the unions,will render the situation worse. This world is headed for calamity, you should take a little time to visit youtube and view the HARBINGER,OR THE SHEMITAH, by rabbi Johnathan cahnn,maybe you will get some insight into why the world is in such a mess as stated by you.However it is clear that agendas are at work here that will do more harm than good,have you noticed that only one person from the opposition has spoken about the problems that this so called work stoppage by the SSA,can create? And it appears that this person is not in agreement with all of this folly,but the article was short lived here probably for reasons unknown.

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  31. Jane Brathwaite
    Jane Brathwaite July 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Everything mash up already……. Mashup lick up dun up.. I didn’t even get my 650 yet that get cut….

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  32. Patrick Blackman July 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Mr. Minister, quit trying they will never understand what you are up against and the efforts that are being made to keep this place going.

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  33. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole July 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    He does not understand Maths. He wants to blame the Union now for his failure.

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