Do away with overtime pay!

Minister supports flexie work system

Forget about paying staff overtime and start having flexi-work hours.

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss, an advocate of the introduction of a 24-hour work day in Barbados, made the recommendation last evening as he suggested changes to existing labour laws to accommodate the idea.

Stating that he was “a firm believer in flexible working hours”, the outspoken Government minister said he did not see “why Bridgetown needs to close at 4:30 on evenings”.

“We really need to find ways in which many of our enterprises can remain open longer and well into the night,” he said.

“I firmly believe that to make that happen, we are going to have to be more flexible with our labour laws too, to stop this thing that says, ‘if you go beyond 5 o’clock, you are talking about overtime or double pay in this country’,” Inniss said.

“There are some who are going to just have to stagger the work hours to make it happen so that those who are strolling out of the law offices and other offices in Bridgetown can take their time and go shopping and know that the stores are still open on evenings.”

Inniss’ comments came as he addressed a gathering at the Broad Street location of Cave Shepherd following a tour of the renovated flagship store. He lauded officials of the company, saying he was grateful for their investment and the faith they had demonstrated in the Barbados economy.

“This is a company we can be very proud of and I hope you can remain in Barbadian hands a little longer than others. We certainly have faith in you and have to exhibit that by coming out here and continuing to support you,” he told officials of the more than 100-year-old company.

Inniss said the hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment by the company should also “send a signal” to other business operators that “now is the time to invest in equipment and people in Barbados”. He also issued a call to other business operators in the City to help with the revitalization of Bridgetown.

The Minister of Commerce said Government was willing to work with the private sector to bring about the desired change. “But if you have done all of this and we are still not able to drive traffic, then I am afraid you are not going to get the return on your investment that you expect,” he said, adding that despite development in other parts of the country,  “we are duty bound to maintain Bridgetown as a vibrant city.

“What do I believe needs to be done to transform Bridgetown and make it a shopping mecca again and drive more traffic here? First, it must look like a place that people would wish to come to. I will be honest with you and say it had started to look drab and dreary. I see too many buildings with broken windows and doors that don’t seem to close, that are in dire need of a paint job . . .but it has to be physically appealing. Bridgetown is not as attractive as it used to be,” pointed out Inniss.

As such, he said,  it was about time that the private sector, civil society and Government work together to find more attractive ways “to bring Bridgetown alive and make it look like a place that people would want to come to work and to shop”.

“I also believe that Bridgetown needs to be more pedestrian friendly,” Inniss said. “We need some more plants. We need to really make it feel (like) a place you can sit and relax and then get up and stroll around and shop.”

“It can happen,” affirmed Inniss, while pledging Government’s commitment to help address the security concerns.  (MM)

54 Responses to Do away with overtime pay!

  1. Justin November 13, 2015 at 6:18 am

    First thing the politicians should start the debate at 7pm to show a example

  2. Bajan boy November 13, 2015 at 6:20 am

    This DLP government has done everything to make our people paupers. Our people are now the servants in Trinidadian Establishments with no prospects of ever attaining management positions and earning like we did. They salaries are significantly lower than thos of their parents and hence one of the reasons they continue to employ young inexperience children and send home the older more experience and professional staff.
    They then pay themselves millions and these politicians are living off the hog by the icing millions. What they do next is say no overtime and no more additions to staff so our young people work harder for less while they then get millions in bonus and boast about how great Trinidadian managers are as the company makes billions in pre tax profits.
    The money is then hoarded and starves the economy of revenue and the clowns managing the country can’t understand what’s happening.

    • future thinker November 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Then people can’t understand why there is such a notable increase in tourism (visitor arrivals), yet the economy is only growing at 1%.
      You’re right. Too may high paying jobs are being out-sourced and more corporate profits are leaving the island. As a result, the economy will continue to suffer.

  3. Sugarskin Jan
    Sugarskin Jan November 13, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Bus service suckssssss Fix that first

  4. carson c cadogan November 13, 2015 at 6:30 am

    DONT AGREE with it.

    Staff work overtime , then Staff must receive over time pay!!!!

    I thought he was going to say something like stop taxing Overtime pay at such an exorbitant rate as currently exists. Give Staff a little more money in their pockets.

    BTW, how about waiving the charges on imported barrels containing personal items for this Christmas period. That would a be a great gift this Christmas to the Bajan public from the Cabinet of Barbados.

  5. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins November 13, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I am going to restrain myself from making a comment because it may not be suitable for print. Somebody is missing a jackass.

    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins November 13, 2015 at 7:46 am

      LOL!! Jacqueline Stuart you see why I am here biting my tongue. The wrong thing would slip out, I swear.

  6. Sonia Lynch
    Sonia Lynch November 13, 2015 at 6:38 am

    If he have nothing to say keep he big mouth shut ..he always talking c***.

  7. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox November 13, 2015 at 6:41 am

    You would not say that in a election. An idiot is a hard days work

  8. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah November 13, 2015 at 6:46 am

    It is these people you give Men heavy burdens to carry, and woman not lift them with their small finger. Devils in suits and ties. I wonder how these people actually sleep at nights.

  9. Natalia Reid
    Natalia Reid November 13, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I swear Donville was drunk when he say so, that’s the only logical thing I could say…he know how much people depend on overtime work to make ends meet? Since he would like to do away with overtime, wages across the board would have to be significantly raised…if he gine cut out overtime, start wid the essential services and see how much worse this country can get…do away first with the overtime government ministers getting aka money dem get for doing absolutely nothing!!!

  10. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge November 13, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Hahaha. Hahahahah…no.

  11. Ann Semple
    Ann Semple November 13, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Slavery days done that is paying ppl bills!

  12. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade November 13, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Minister lnniss you are joking now you see the DLP what they think of the poor worker you must work pass your work hours and get no pay my friend work at this place she work pass her time about 2 hours no pay what she did I cannot tell you to the minister you think again do you want bajan to go back to master days hhh

  13. Kent Bridges November 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Stupse, the goodly gentleman is not saying that persons who work overtime should not be paid for it. He is talking about the concept. Many people are very unproductive in their regular working hours, especially knowing that they can work overtime and get more money.

  14. Bajan boy November 13, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Poor Donville he guts full literally and figuratively and in care who else eat. Anti working class laborer..

  15. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens November 13, 2015 at 7:50 am

    he dont know what to talk about

  16. A Maria Benn
    A Maria Benn November 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

    So when can we show this country that we’re tired of their seasaw government and ministry, by refusing to vote for either party?

  17. Juliet Williams
    Juliet Williams November 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I would expect to hear this from the Jamaican government but then again he may have gotten advice from them….he must be drinking mad puss piss to be talking rubbish

  18. Kimberley Will
    Kimberley Will November 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Only if politicians in this country were paid for work done….

  19. aquriaus boy November 13, 2015 at 8:49 am

    It not d.l.P not doing nothing wrong let face it witch ever party in power I’ve to live with have no choice all to parties does bare junk

  20. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole November 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Political suicide!

  21. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow November 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

    What century this Fool Bert lives in… slave master mentality

  22. jrsmith November 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I am the only one to support the minister, and I have never supported any members of this present government. I made this type of suggestion since early in the year, when the layoffs ,begun ,left right and centre.

    @ Kent , Bridges, hail , hail, on the button , totally agree , many people are non productive in they regular , working ,hours. to add, my suggestion, restructure the working programmes, restructure ,the management levels , looking at productivity, for a test period , put the whole working system ,on three days a week, which means you can then reemploy many of the workers who were laid off , this gives a new start to government if they are capable of sustaining this type of rigid programme.

  23. Lucinda Katrina McSinister
    Lucinda Katrina McSinister November 13, 2015 at 9:18 am

    De government love to mock poor people. But poor people never learn.

  24. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer November 13, 2015 at 9:23 am

    The clown in him is coming out. He serious ? You mean to tell me, you can’t get a raise of pay, yet everything he and his allies put their hands on, got the height of Mount Everest. Now if you put in over time, you shouldn’t get pay ? This is just as bad as slavery ! Do away with your travelling allowances, free gas, entertainment allowances and slash your salary in half, and then yourself, for talking idle. Flex-work has nothing to do with over time. It only means you don’t go to work the compulsory 8:15am – 4:30 pm norm. Think everybody stupid ? The employees have to pay dearly, for you all mistakes, while you all living in luxury. I don’t care. Believe it or not !

  25. Chaela Patricia
    Chaela Patricia November 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Did his brain drop through his stomach and he pass it out???? Coz he cant have a brain in his head, these ppl so damn unreasonable

  26. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Ok places like USA/England and Canada just to name a few have 24 hour businesses operating so his idea kinda ok but workers still get overtime depending on circumstances ya just can’t get rid of overtime because businesses are 24 hour government got to make labour laws and enforce them not let businesses run rough shot over employees.Lets be honest Barbados got weak labour laws and even weaker consumer protection laws thanks to both of these two political parties.

  27. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews November 13, 2015 at 9:36 am

    That is A call to riot, forced to work weekends and holidays for the same as your 40 hours, GIVE THE MINISTERS MINUM PAY AND TAKE AWAY THE CAR THEY ARE GIVEN TO DRIVE , MAKE THE MINISTERS CATCH BUS

  28. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain November 13, 2015 at 9:40 am

    If we get another term with this Government… help we God.

  29. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne November 13, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Strop fretting people, this is the government that looks after the working class.

  30. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews November 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    24 hour shopping and service only needs more people being hired, a person woking 5 days a week for 8 hours a day , not asking people to work more than 40 hours a week for a flat rate.

  31. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea November 13, 2015 at 9:54 am
  32. Natasha Paton
    Natasha Paton November 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Are you going out your head

  33. Sue Donym November 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

    A clear case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. People have been screaming for government to design and implement policies that would stimulate business, employment and the economy. Here is a simple idea to do exactly that. The concept is not to exploit either the employee or the business; instead this allows more people to be offered standard hours and more people already employed to expand into full time hours. Where’s the problem?

    • Coralita November 14, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Where there is no vision the people perish.

  34. Michael Parris
    Michael Parris November 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

    It is about time ,seen workers sit and do nothing all day and the get overtime for work the refuse to do from 8-4.

  35. Susie Clarke
    Susie Clarke November 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    This man serious people hardly surviving because of these crooks and this is His brilliant idea

  36. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt November 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    People struggling on a daily basis to get a bus during normal working hours, so tell me how the heck them going to implement a twenty four hour bus service? Inniss really need to follow Stuart and keep quiet or better still, ask his ‘leader,’ blind leading the blind, to call elections, so we show him and them what we think of the way they are causing people in this country to suffer undue hardship.

  37. dave November 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Allow people to park in Bridgetown
    Bring the ZR Vans / Minibuses -up town from down in Pelican
    after 6 pm

  38. Ras Small
    Ras Small November 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Wunna is sum igrant slaves! Dun get sellout! If wunna families was dysfunctional b4, all hell gine break loose wen de 24 hr cum on stream tah aid touri$t indu$try. Wha bout transportation to n from wuk, and police cuz de robbers gine be out mo’.

  39. jrsmith November 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I hope bajans ,have heard of the new idea ( zero hour contract) this is been played out in the UK, for some time now.

  40. Bufa G November 13, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Donville Inniss is a man with a vision for Barbados. The concept of having stores open 24 hrs is a good one. The minister is not saying that people should not be paid overtime. If stores are able to open 24/7 then more people will find jobs. The money paid in overtime would go to pay someone’s salary. It’s a pity people can’t see the good in that concept due to the fact that people are greedy, and thinking only about themselves. Right on Donville.

  41. Janette Brathwaite November 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Michael, I agree with you,(
    the workers wasting time between 8:00 am to 4:00pm)
    Flex hours would ease traffic congestion in many location during
    Rush hours. It might not be possible for some Companies to open 24hours, but I am sure flex hours would work for some. The minister spoke of placing plants in Broad Street and throughout the city, renovations of some buildings by the property owners. That is a step in the right direction to revive Bridgetown.

  42. dave November 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Do away with the DLP –

    a WASTE -of a govt

  43. dave November 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Do away with both ? And bring who ? PDC ? Lets get real : it is either BEE or DEE.

    The DLP after they sink the country in 1986 -1994 and the BLP rescued Barbados with 14 bountiful years, the ignorant people in Barbados, “gave the DEES a chance”– a chance to do what ? Sink Barbados again and that is exactly what they have done–Jokers ! The Barbados economy has always been a tricky one because we have limited natural resources. You have to know how to treat with the Barbados economy, The DLP because it had the same economic policies as they did before and that has run us back in the same hole again because of the same approach. The principal advisor NOW REALIZES that his approach cannot work in Barbados. He now understands that men such as Errol Barrow, Tom Adams and Owen Arthur understood and approach the monster that is the Barbados Economy in the right way and that his way is the wrong way. We have paid dearly for his arrogance and ignorance.

    Idiots, especially the ones in St.John who would vote for a Frog as long as it mark DLP .

    The people in St.John are the epitome of political ignorance in Barbados

  44. Yogi Ni November 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    We as bajans are a really strange people. Most people here are going to crucify the Minister. How many of you have really analyse what the minister said? If we are really to move forward as a country we must change the way we do business and become way more efficient in how we do business. For the longest time there has been talk about introducing flexable working hours nothing has happening because bajans are fixed in THIER ways and hate change. How many people would be impacted by loss of overtime if flexable working hours is are implemented Barbados?. How many workers in Barbados right now benefit from a lot of overtime? Attitudes towards work need to be changed in Barbados. They are business men and women in Barbados with great ideas that can take Barbados forward if we are willing to change our mind set. Look at someone like Andrew Bynoe who has been opening his Supermarkets until 10:00pm for years and it has worked very well for him and his customers. Minister Inniss , has made some very salient points that should be given more serious attention in the interest of making Barbados a more efficient and productive Island.

  45. Donna November 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Some of you people have a comprehension problem. You clearly did not understand what was being proposed.


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