Opposition walks out of Parliament

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) this afternoon staged a walk out of Parliament after Government tabled a resolution to restore the ten per cent pay that its senior members lost back in 2014 at the height of austerity.

In tabling the resolution, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler was careful to point out that the amount was not a salary increase, while suggesting that Government was simply honouring its promise to restore the amount, which was initially due to be repaid at the end of 19 months.  He further pointed out that the pay cut, which was originally due to end by March 31, 2015, had been extended for an additional year, which ended March 31,2016.

However, to date, Sinckler said, the Government officials’ pay was yet to be restituted.

But Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was having none of it.

Warning that Government was about choices, she pointed out that people in the north of the island were still without water; so too residents in the Belle, St Michael. Mottley also argued that residents along the south coast and parts of Bridgetown were also battling with sewage problems.

Yet, she complained that Government’s priority was to give itself an increase back. Mottley also pointed to the latest Central Bank report issued today in which she said the Governor Dr Delisle Worrell warned of the need for Government to reduce wages  and transfers.

“Now how can we have that signal coming at 2p.m. [from the Governor] and at 4 p.m. the Government is looking to give itself an increase back?” Mottley asked.

“When times are hard, you must lead from in front,” she repeatedly warned, before she and other Opposition Members of Parliament walked out en masse from the House of Assembly just after 4p.m., saying they wanted no part in the controversial exercise and that they would not be accepting any restoration until public servants, who have been waiting for over six years for a pay increase, are granted one.

25 Responses to Opposition walks out of Parliament

  1. Mohammed patel January 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Shame on the dlp government who today restore they 10%and governor of central bank are ask for more cut

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  2. Chris January 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Like mia or hate mia. She is absolutely right. How can they be studying giving back 10% pay. When you have all these issues still unaddressed? Mia for prime minister. You have the economy in a state, roads the bajans pay the least is $400 a year road tax and getting dem suspension parts mash up. Water problems in the north. And we see clearly where this governments focus is.

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  3. Chris cod January 24, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Like mia or hate mia. She is absolutely right. How can they be studying giving back 10% pay. When you have all these issues still unaddressed? Mia for prime minister. You have the economy in a state, roads the bajans pay the least is $400 a year road tax and getting dem suspension parts mash up. Water problems in the north. And we see clearly where this governments focus is.

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  4. Alex Alleyne January 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    What about the VAT was suppose to be only for X amount of months and still on going ?.
    No problem , come election time the voters will make sure from the lot of you who ain’t cutting canes will be sprouting potatoes.
    “A heartless bunch”.

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  5. Hal Austin January 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    The tactic of walking out of parliament has worn thin. The place of the Opposition is in parliament.
    That this band of money-grabbers want to re-claim a 10 per cent pay cut when the vast majority of the country are struggling to eat every day says a lot about them. The Opposition has won the moral victory.
    Take the argument in to communities, even hard-headed Bajans will understand they are dealing with amoral money grabbers.
    All the Opposition has got to do if voted in to power is introduce legislation permitting them to carry out a comprehensive audit of the wealth of the government|: what they were worth at the beginning of parliament, and what they are worth now.
    Go through their bank accounts, work done on their homes, who paid for their children’s overseas education, their expensive cars, their designer suits, everything.
    Those who cannot account for every penny should be prosecuted. Don’t allow them to do a Branford Taitt, by claiming “my late wife gave me the money”.

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  6. Richard Johnston January 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    restituted?

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  7. Kwame January 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Public servants have been on a wage freeze and a hiring freeze. No measures that were instituted in the past couple of years has eased the ppl and this economy. Where would this 10% come from.? They have no money for buses, garbage trucks, road repair etc. Was the reason for increase in taxes to secure money for this 10%? Is the money gather from the taxes instituted in the past 18months somewhere in Ann account just waiting to be labeled payment restoration account? Utter rubbish to have ppl can’t afford proper health care or the basics for their child but government mp want there salary restored. And it is the oppositions right and duty to use what ever method necessary in their opinion to protest this madness. How can they sit there and stomach this move when they cast their minds to the ppl the represent and think miss Clarke can’t send School her child this week, Mr. Pile can’t afford a weeks groceries so have to make 2 days of rations last. I could sit in there either and watch the greed devour our country while my ppl suffer. Doesn’t matter partly. We Are all bajan and stomach growl the same way cause we hungry. All our tears are hot and wet on our cheeks when we can’t provide for our children. But they who we elect to look out for our interest firstly looking out for theirs? NO!!!

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  8. Carson C Cadogan January 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    How can restoring a pay cut to a few people in Parliament be detrimental to the economy?

    I must be missing something here.

    I bet you that the BLP did not walk out on lunch.

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    • Viterose Elaine Van Huis January 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      How can you give those who have more and there are so much that is lacking? The principle of the action speaks volumes about the leadership o the country.

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  9. Sheron Inniss January 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Mia on the ball. The DLP want notice. Take a further pay cut and then just maybe I will stop wondering when the braying will stop.

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  10. Troy January 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    This govt priorities mixed up. Bad bad bad. Only looking out for their own interest. Chris please give us our INCOME TAX REFUND. Is this the only promise govt can honour?Too many broken promises. Almost eight years this DLP was in power and they spent 6 years blaming the world economy for everything. They taxed is left right and centre. They dabbled with the NIS funds, treated the tax payers cries with scant disrespect. Chris…..say good bye to your seat…..

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  11. Jennifer January 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    @Hal – won’t happen, all them eating from the same hog troth. Final salary pension is suppose. Let us see if Mia reduce it if she wins. The gov should there fore take off what they added on to the population too to reduce their expenditure. These fat A** coons and pharaohs sitting in parliament is no use to god. man, or the devil.

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    • Peter January 24, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Jennifer… Just like crabs in a barrel eh?

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  12. Carson C Cadogan January 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY remember this:

    “a horse can look very fast when he is training by himself . . . but . . . when he has the real competition, you realize that he is nothing at all”.

    Just let that settle in!!!!

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    • board street bully January 24, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Its not that hard to say your a DLP supporter. DLP supporters are like trump supporters lol

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  13. Big Brown January 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Carson A Cadogan what does it feel like to have a bunch of jackass in the race?

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  14. Jennifer January 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    @Peter- lol. u said it. But crabs don’t belong in a barrel.

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  15. Lux January 24, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    So the party looking to get the 10% salary back as was promised, but what about the whole country getting back the 2.5% VAT as was promised (look what a ‘temporary measure’ that was, and it gone up even more with this “social responsibility” foolish VAT-in-disguise tax). What about all that talk from ministers about how we have to learn to be frugal and live on a little less for the good of the country. Clearly they meant for all the rest of the plebs, not themselves.

    Mr. Cadogan clearly misses the principle of the matter and should read Animal Farm, especially the end where the rest of the animals are living on meagre rations while the pigs laugh at the dinner table with full bellies. It’s about the power dynamic, you need to trust that those in power are in it for the good of the people, not for themselves, just fattening up off the efforts and suffering of the masses. Why they have money for this now but out of money for everything else they are supposed to be responsible for? Priorities. In an ideal world Barbados would have recovered enough that most people would have had raises over the last 10 years, including the ministers, there’s nothing wrong with raises, but in the context of how everyone else is doing and keeping on asking the strapped public for more and more money it just appears callous.

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  16. bajan boy January 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Carson Cadogan is a lackey plain and simple. No morsls,classless, hungry…Sinkley said vat increase was only for 18 months . Why has he not taken it back to the original as well
    .

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  17. Jeff January 25, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Well , well, it seems shameful and a bit unconscionable that the ministers will fight for the restoration of the 10% at this time. They are the ones who hear the daily cries from all quarters and have asked the country’s poor and underpaid to bear a bit longer as a light in the tunnel is beginning to occur but none of the laid off workers are rehired as yet. Let’s sort out those who most need it first and then do the so called readjustments. After all MPs are still able to live and adjust to the hard situations while others are going under, we still see them purchasing new high end cars and houses as they should be able to, children still continuing their education as should be, gym memberships and other rich lifestyles are maintained without any challenges but why not. So the appeal is to leave that bit in the treasure a little longer so that it can help ease some of the strain and stresses for the less fortunate . Show a bit more understanding as the flickering light in the tunnel becomes a bigger flame.

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  18. Roderick January 25, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Well , well, it seems shameful and a bit unconscionable that the ministers will fight for the restoration of the 10% at this time. They are the ones who hear the daily cries from all quarters and have asked the country’s poor and underpaid to bear a bit longer as a light in the tunnel is beginning to occur but none of the laid off workers are rehired as yet. Let’s sort out those who most need it first and then do the so called readjustments. After all MPs are still able to live and adjust to the hard situations while others are going under, we still see them purchasing new high end cars and houses as they should be able to, children still continuing their education as should be, gym memberships and other rich lifestyles are maintained without any challenges but why not. So the appeal is to leave that bit in the treasure a little longer so that it can help ease some of the strain and stresses for the less fortunate . Show a bit more understanding as the flickering light in the tunnel becomes a bigger flame.

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  19. hcalndre January 25, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Chris, Fuendel and company want their 10% because the distance is getting shorter, there are no more turns and Fuendel`s horses are faltering, taxpayers still can`t get their refunds, 2.5% that were to be taken of the Vat has not as yet, Solid waste refund have not been given back either. Do these fat cats realize it`s the very taxpayers money that they believe falls out of the sky.

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  20. Harry January 25, 2017 at 5:56 am

    typical CCC comment blinded by rabid partisan views. truly the Jackass in the race.

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  21. Yvette January 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

    What about the income tax refunds Government owes the Barbados people from 2013. 2014 and 2015. They are a disgraceful bunch and I cannot wait until elections to vote them gone. They must read about the story told by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, about the man who proposed to tear down his barns to build bigger ones. they could encounter the same fate. i leave them in hands of the living God.

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  22. Alicia Harris January 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Amen to I leave them in the name or God

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