Sinckler: I don’t own shares in Cost-U-Less

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has strongly denied that he is a shareholder in Cost-U-Less, the warehouse-type food and general merchandise store in St Thomas.

In an address to party faithful at the Democratic Labour Party’s City branch meeting at the weekend, Sinckler said there had been a rumour circulating that he owed part of the company.

While not revealing who he felt had been spreading the rumour, the minister was insistent that he had not even met the company’s owners.

“I do not own any shares in Cost-U-Less. I don’t know about the place. I don’t know who the owners are. I have never met them, and I’ve never even been in there shopping,” he said.

Sinckler jumped to his own defence as he attacked General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore, who last month said while Government had given Cost-U-Less concessions so it could operate here, the American company had felt empowered enough to engage in union busting practices.

In fact, the minister sought to turn the tables on Moore, contending that she might have felt “empowered” to attack Government because she was granted duty-free concessions on a top model car.

“If it is true that the general secretary actually said that I really am very disappointed that a general secretary of the major union in Barbados can deliver herself of such a statement. The Government of Barbados gave the general secretary and the Barbados Workers Union tax concessions on a Mercedes Benz. Am I to assume that the reason why she is behaving the way she is behaving is because she feels empowered, if you take it to a logical conclusion?” Sinckler told party supporters.

While addressing the BWU’s annual conference on August 26, Moore had called for a boycott of the store.

“I think of companies like Cost-U-Less that Government has given every concession under the sun to allow them a platform to do business in Barbados, what do they do in return? They undermine our commitment to provide decent work through union busting tactics that see people losing jobs because they have committed the cardinal sin of becoming a union member,” she had said, while suggesting that the Freundel Stuart administration was doing nothing to rein in the company’s behaviour.

On Saturday, Sinckler accused the trade union leader of picking a fight with the store “then apparently delivered of herself the statement that the reason why Cost-U-Less behaving the way that they behaving is because they get concessions from the Government.

“Is this the level to which you stoop? I don’t know what is going on down there at Cost [U-Less] how they treat workers. I don’t know anything about them,” he said.

“I have nothing against the lady at all [however], all the time at her conference . . . [she was] up there bashing the Government and talking some things that really just amaze me,” Sinckler added, while making it clear any dispute between the BWU and Cost-U-Less ought to be handled by the Labour Department.

“That has nothing to do with the Government of Barbados, but everything you blame on the Government,” he complained.

62 Responses to Sinckler: I don’t own shares in Cost-U-Less

  1. Ras Small
    Ras Small September 26, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    But yah might be getting some discounts. Hint, hint!!

  2. Max Carter
    Max Carter September 26, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    ya lie

  3. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Everyday he have something to deny…Cud-dear.

  4. Aquarius Rastress
    Aquarius Rastress September 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Stupseeee do!!

  5. Sonia Seale
    Sonia Seale September 26, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    More to come

  6. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess September 26, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    As if!!!! 10 frenchmen cant be wrong smdh…negro plz

  7. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron September 26, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    How long cost u more open… Hmmm and you wait until now say this…. fish stink and fisherman want sell it….

  8. Linda Fenty
    Linda Fenty September 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt but we all know he’s lying through his teeth.

  9. straight talk September 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    This man would bring down God off thee throne it is a lie every thing does ba a lie.But I knows better.

  10. Davie Etwaroo
    Davie Etwaroo September 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    The impression on his face tells it all

  11. Diggins McDugal
    Diggins McDugal September 26, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    You guys have a store called “cost u less” in Barbados? Is it like a grocery store?

  12. David Brathwaite September 26, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    The minister needs to remenber his dearly departed leader, who along with Hartley Henry and Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt were long rumoured to be the driving forces behind Cost-U-Less in Barbados.

    This was a big story in Dominica around the time David Thompson died.

  13. Janelle Worrell
    Janelle Worrell September 26, 2017 at 10:42 pm


  14. Janelle Worrell
    Janelle Worrell September 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    So u say Mr.minister… So u say

  15. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Come out things, I have been hearing for years this man have shares in Cost-U-Less, why wait until now to clear your name?

  16. Marcia Applewhaite
    Marcia Applewhaite September 26, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Lots of names out here making comments,if they are lying on you Chris, take them to court.

  17. Romay Greenidge
    Romay Greenidge September 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Really don’t care what you have shares in……. send my blasted money

  18. Alison Blackman
    Alison Blackman September 26, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    STUPSEEEÈEEE everyday. Something fresh wid u

  19. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard September 27, 2017 at 12:13 am

    He own shares in “Cost You More” do, #NSRL

  20. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam September 27, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Ok so u don’t have any shares in cost u less! Do you own any of the top of the line cars at district A police station??

  21. Sean King
    Sean King September 27, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Sinckler you sign off the application for Cost-U-Less to receive concessions now you going to tell the Barbadian public you don’t know who the owners are? This man really take Barbadians for fools .How much more lies must we take from you.Why are you now denying all the allegations against you.

    • Charles Alleyne
      Charles Alleyne September 27, 2017 at 3:26 am

      I totally agree with you,and we have some bajans finally thinking and asking serious questions .These men actually insulting the intelligence of Barbadians ;by telling us he do not know the owners.Give us a break !!and stop making us look stupid.This kind of politics needs to stop and Barbadians has to question the so called politicians before we look around and our country will be sold.Freedom of information Act needs to be put in place and Integrity legislation brought to our house immediately.May God help us.

      • charjoy September 27, 2017 at 10:29 am

        @ Chris Alleyne if Mia ain,t prepared to enact those pieces of legislation she will be a one term pm too, cause all politicians just damn dishonest….ALL

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

      And Chris say they telling lies on him. I wonder why he did not speak to the Range Rover issue the same way he could address the Cost-U-Less one. Chris, man you don’t even know when you lying.

  22. John Everatt September 27, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Humm – this is a new one on me. Are we sure that the minister is not making this all up to take the focus away from the SUV and the checks?

    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

      @John Everatt; MOFailure don`t have to see or know the owners to have shares in a company. He has not challenge the $250000 London check or the car deal and if the Union leader gets her car duty free, that must be the norm, the politicians get freebies on most everything. Why must she has to be silent when a company wants to deny the workers the right to join the union? Chris seems to have an interest in the company. Most of you politicians use your mothers and other family members` names as the owners of your business deals as a way to hide your assets. I`m sure that they don`t file taxes anyway so when I hear the MOf going after people for not filing their taxes it makes me laugh.

      • Sunshine Sunny Shine September 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

        True, True, True. He just needs to know the one person to whom he has direct contact with. That one person would be the behind the scenes contact. All the other players, owners, managers etc, would not be directly dealing with him because it would be to obvious. Chris thinks that we are all Johnnies and that he is Saint Sinckler.

  23. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison September 27, 2017 at 12:52 am

    y all of a sudden every minute so many allegations about you…i thought bullying was only at schools…is this the BLP bullying you again…the next we will hear you got shares in Sandals…why are all these lies circulating about you…..

    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

      @Hazel Harrison; you and Chris can prove the allegations are false.

  24. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis September 27, 2017 at 1:10 am


  25. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 27, 2017 at 2:49 am

    It seems as though he talking his BUSINESS in the PUBLIC domain.
    Confession is good for the SOUL.

  26. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma September 27, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Disappointing and pathetic response from this MP! I’m amazed that as a minister you do not know what is going on in Barbados to Barbadians especially in relation to foreign businesses. The Union is the representative for Barbadians, the very people you have been elected to serve and to protect in your capacity as a minister. How could you then feign amnesia when it comes to them being treated poorly and abominable by this corporate entity? As for your poor-raky excuse of not knowing who the owners are, it belies your knowledge of them as it is within the mandate of political representatives to know fully who is operating within the boundaries of the island. You lie and your lie is glaring! I do believe because of this you should be fully investigated for fraudulent activities in relation to your personal involvement with it (Cost U Less).

    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Well said Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma, the minister can get away with that in Barbados because I doubt that he will have these things under his name and the IRS would not call in the people that file if they do for an audit.

  27. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds September 27, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Sigh…what time these pants going to bust out in flames???

  28. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus September 27, 2017 at 4:28 am

    So you are saying that the concessions that cost u less got ,the papers never came across your desk as minister responsible for the economy& if they did you didn’t take the time to read them before signing them to make sure they were in proper order?cause if you did you should k ow who is the owner/owners of the business ,what you are admitting here is either sheer incompetence in your job or just a lack of caring about what you do or do not sign….either way stink liar you are a moron

    • Boyce Jr Angus
      Boyce Jr Angus September 27, 2017 at 4:30 am

      Or you saying that donville got the authority to grant concessions all by himself?

  29. Vonnie September 27, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Why would I have to go somewhere and shop, if things come to me, look one day coming soon, iPads, TV’s and a whole lot more, get the serial numbers for the billing and laden. Shipping is something else. Shares and ownership is two different things, I don’t need shares, I’m part owner.

  30. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder September 27, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Mr. Minister please don’t get into the business of talking bout cars. It could be a sticky business

  31. sticks and stones September 27, 2017 at 5:45 am

    chris don t pay the blp operatives no mind a bunch of alligators swimming in dry ponds

    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 9:53 am

      @sticks and stones; Chris maybe swimming in deep waters, hope you throw a life jacket to keep him afloat.

  32. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 27, 2017 at 5:47 am


  33. Jonathan Gonsalves
    Jonathan Gonsalves September 27, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Ahahha i got to laugh!

  34. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 27, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Alright Pinocchio, the best way to make things go away is by keeping your mouth shut, because you’re digging yourself into a deeper hole.

  35. Sylvan Greenidge September 27, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Richie Haynes the late said it and it’s true. “Impression counts”. Bajans would believe in a lie 99% of the times before they believe the truth 1%. A simple trip to the Registry of Barbados could have answers to all the questions but we are satisfied to stay on the gossip mill.

    I have one question coming out of the Minister’s reply. How is it that striking workers can’t get a little stipend to put in their pockets during strike actions, as done in other countries but the ministry of finance approving duty free concessions for a Mercedes Benz for the union?

    Some workers can hardly catch bus but officers in their union driving Mercedes Benz. Talking about misplace priority. I remarked some years ago that unions in Barbados would face serious membership challenges because they have failed to come into the 21st century with a fresh trade union concept. Trade unionism is not just simply grievance handling. In fact the is much wide and varied, especially in small and vulnerable societies like ours. Had not been for automatic salary ductions, at source, many of our unions would be extinct.

    • hcalndre September 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

      @Sylvan Greenidge; if bajans were not so anti union and the majority of the past leaders were not in bed with the DLP and the employers and see that most of the work places have union shops, when workers go on strike the union could afford to give stipends. In Barbados 60% of workers at the same work place are not unionize. It should be compulsory that you must be a union member to work as long as the union has been operating there.

  36. Johnathan September 27, 2017 at 6:37 am

    CHRIS,CHRIS,CHRISil I told you to stop lying. When you are caught telling one lie,nobody ever think anything you say is true after. One question apart from yourself is Donville Inniss, Mara or Skerritt, or Leroy Parris or Hartley Henry were everr said to be Directors. Yuh nose getting longer.

  37. Frank White September 27, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Guess the only ones he could spew that nonsense to is the party (yard fowl) faithful. These politicians strategically misdirect the masses to which he has done by trying to shift the focus on Toni Moore and a car, gimme a break…

    Day does run till night catch it…

  38. Horse Hill September 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I remember at a meeting in town… Baxters Rd) Mia showed the country via documents exposing just how tricky and a liar he Chris sinkler is. He had only apologized because he was caught red handed. But he needed to be fired…. all these politicians are shameless and we like it so…

  39. Sushan September 27, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I don’t know what is going on down there at Cost [U-Less] how they treat workers. I don’t know anything about them,” he said.

    I think you should take sometime to find out Sinckler. You and Stuart

  40. Kevin September 27, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Cost-U-Less was the doing of former PM Thompson. I’m with Chris on this one. I does see him shopping in Emerald City too….

  41. charjoy September 27, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Report Naked!! He got shares or not?

  42. charjoy September 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    @ Chris Alleyne if Mia ain’t prepared to enact those pieces of legislation she will be a one term pm too, cause all politicians just damn dishonest….ALL

  43. charjoy September 27, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Dear Christopher

  44. Wayne September 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I really didn’t expect it to happen so soon, but wasn’t the unions and the private sector were marching hand in hand , how could the union leadership be so callous to their membership? Isn’t it a given that most companies do not support or encourage Organized Labour? 1.Unions do not March with employers 2.politicians march with unions, not the other way around, a union should not sell out their members to a politician or employer. ? It’s not the color of your shirt. Labour in Barbados lacks leadership.

  45. Helicopter(8P) September 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    During my final year at a St .John based school all senior graduates were mandated to take ethics classes; in light of today we may need to have that course introduced into our education system.

  46. straight talk September 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I hear so too long time ago but chris is damm lier

  47. Buun September 28, 2017 at 1:32 am

    YOU own all these DOWN GRADES

  48. Buun September 28, 2017 at 1:41 am

    More FAKE NEWS ha?


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