Mottley accuses Gov’t of playing political games with public servants

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley on Sunday accused the Freundel Stuart administration of playing “political football” with the island’s public servants.

Speaking at a mass canvas in St Peter, Mottley said Stuart was purposely withholding the pay increase demanded by the island’s trade unions – National Union of Public Workers, Barbados Workers Union, the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union and the Barbados Union of Teachers.

“This Government has got to stop playing political football with the public servants of Barbados,” she said.

“If the public servants deserve the pay increase, as we believe that they do, give it to them. And if you feel you can’t give them a full pay increase because you need more negotiations, at the very least give them a cost of living allowance, a coping subsidy.”

Following the announcement of the pending increase of the National Social Responsibility Levy, the trade unions called for an immediate pay increase to sustain the blow that the tax would have on the island’s economy.

However, their demands were subsequently rejected by the Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler during the August National Social Partnership meeting that also included the Barbados Private Sector.

Mottley said the Democratic Labour Party is holding back on their decision until the eve of the general election.

“This notion that you can get around to it when you feel like getting around to it or when you are good and ready is unacceptable and if you are doing it because you feel you can treat them as a final score, that you can use this as the thing to give you three points … in the political run up to the election, by giving them a pay increase just on the eve of the election, I say to you stop it!,” Mottley said.

“. . . give them the pay increase that they deserve and is long overdue.”

54 Responses to Mottley accuses Gov’t of playing political games with public servants

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore October 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    This govt does that which is only politically expedient. Stuart et al like to deal in what can best be described as “political smarts” because DEM Labour under a misapprehension in believing that we’re dumb. During the election campaign I’ll answer the question of why DEM ignored all of the advice that they were give to pursue DEM own political goals.

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  2. Mark Adamson October 8, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I am shuddering as I think that this is the same Mottley that is being covered by Barbados Today.

    Is this the same Mottley that has reportedly sued Barbados Today and that latter is reporting on??

    Is it??

    Were I a major owner of Barbados Today Mottley could not get any coverage whatsoever via my news medium as a result of this law suit.

    None whatsoever!!

    The confusing signals some people send!!

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    • Gearbox1964 October 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      That’s because you are a fool who would put your personal feelings ahead of what is best for your business. Chew on that for a while.

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  3. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams October 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Yes . Long overdue. Stop the games.

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  4. hcalndre October 9, 2017 at 12:16 am

    The Pm said that after Good Friday it`s Easter, meaning that it is no more pain as I understand him, I maybe wrong because his examples are strange. But in the next few months he will have his sleigh loaded for the Civil Servants and whoever else is on his list, hoping that it makes everyone forget the suffering they endured for 10 years, Mia is so right.

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  5. Amaze Attal
    Amaze Attal October 9, 2017 at 4:33 am

    How long now?

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  6. Kathy Griffith
    Kathy Griffith October 9, 2017 at 4:54 am

    All yah all the same here man .you would say anything to get back in and when you do hmmmmm

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    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott October 9, 2017 at 7:02 am

      But they are not as wicked as the DLP.. . So pass them now

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 9, 2017 at 8:14 am

      WELL ALL KNOW HOW IT GOES, YES FRIENDS, ACROSS THE TABLE FOES HUMMMM, BUT YET THE DLP IS THE MOST OWICKED, EVIL, NASTY, ROTTEN BUNCH AH SCUMBAGS EVERRRRR TO RUN BIM..NO ONE CAN SURPASS DEM….BILLIONS AH DOLLARS VANISH IN THIN AIR, 24 DOWNGRADS, TAXESSSSSS, U NAME IT, DEM DONE IT

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    • Kathy Griffith
      Kathy Griffith October 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Smh ali who put them f***in

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Kathy Griffith WELL WHO EVER PUT DEM IN, MUSSE PRAYING FOR DE BELL TO RING

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Troy Marshall YUP THEY SAW WHAT HAPPEN FROM 2008 TO 20 13, WHEN YA HAVE THE POWER IN UR HANDS USE IT WISELY DEM SHOULD HAVE BEEN HISTORY

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    • Gearbox1964 October 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      That’s what I keep saying…no way in hell should the DLP have gotten a second term. The sad thing is that everybody is paying for what the foolish have done.

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    • Kathy Griffith
      Kathy Griffith October 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Ali Baba all the same

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  7. archy perch October 9, 2017 at 6:21 am

    My ballloon has been inflated. By the way Mia how come every Tom, Dick, and Harry in Barbados, has to provide proof of their qualifications to practice their professions. All you got to do is produce yours Mia. And or send to England to have it reprinted. You name should be in the University’s files if indeed you were a graduate.

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    • Jennifer October 9, 2017 at 7:28 am

      @Good spot Archy. She dealing with all sorts except that. And it is the same snot rag that the DLP will use on her as the election closes in. Keep watching. Every ACE or trump card will play.

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      • MARIA Holder October 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

        She did that already. Even to document signed by you all beloved Errol Barrow

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  8. Greengiant October 9, 2017 at 7:30 am

    @ archy perch: Please don’t bring in the qualifications thing here. That’s a matter for the parliament to make application to the accreditation council for her to present he credentials.

    However the point I will make is that she was a member of a cabinet that made the most out of every piece of political mileage they could have. They used the business community, the public servants, the hotel workers, and generally everybody they could.

    1.Can anyone recall how Arthur used a wage freeze as a
    bargaining tool to keep unemployment figures in single digit
    percentage?

    2. Can anyone remember the formation of loads of statutory
    corporations to increase employment politically that now has
    our public sector dept going through the ceiling?

    I can go on but space doesn’t permit, so don’t tell us about political football by this government, because both B L P and
    D L P has played this game past the time allotted, finished overtime, and are now into penalties. It’s time you both pay the penalty. You have been the coaches, players and officials in this political football game for decades now, while we the voting public have been pure spectators. The business community has been the sponsors, they as usual gets all the mileage, image rights, and perks for their sponsorship. We the public have been paying our taxes to watch. The cost os games have only increased, while the standard of play has declined. Declined so much that even the sponsors are disgruntled. They are now threatening to pull their sponsorship unless the standard improves.

    We the people need to call time on this game between these two teams, we need to get other players in the game by adding a new team to the competition. it’s the only way we will get a reduction to what we pay to watch, and keep the sponsors interested or maybe attract new sponsorship.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Well stated!

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  9. MARIA Holder October 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

    The PM is behaving similar to mothers whose fathers refuse to pay child support. Suffer the child by not allowing him/her to have a relationship with their fathers; curse them and tell them they will be just like their wutless fathers.

    The Union and private sector made the calls so the PM will punish the recipients because the private sector nor the union aint to tell he nothing. As a matter of fact, no one is to tell him anything. They were many anti-christ but only one Christ.

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  10. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Let me start by saying I don’t care for either of these two joke political parties who have ever only govern Barbados,but this is politricks because BLP have done slimy shady crap just like DLP both of them useless and if Bajans think things gine all of a sudden get better they in for a rude awakening.Regardless of which one of these two win next election the writing on the wall,the rich gine keep getting richer and the poor gine stay poor,so pucker up and let the silly season carry on.

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    • George Brathwaite
      George Brathwaite October 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Steupse. Keep burying your head and think that you are doing the nation any good.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

      BUT RAWLE I KNOW THESE ARE THE WORSE EVER!!!! WE WERE LIVING UNDER THE BEES, PEOPLE WORKING LOOKING AFTER THE FAMILIES, ECONOMY 7.5 TO 8%…WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN UNDER THESE INEPT BUSH BABIES FOR 10 YEARS? ANSWER……NOTHING BUT TEEFIN’ AND DOWNGRADES

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    • Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
      Mhizzeyejoyful Reece October 9, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Were you better off 10years ago than you are now?..I doubt sicka DEM

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  11. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman October 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Really? Wanna do it to, so go stand in the corner and stfu.

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    • Troy Marshall
      Troy Marshall October 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

      u r obvioulsly not suffering

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    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman October 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Troy Marshall really that’s all you got. Simply because I am not on the yard fowl radar for either side. So let me guess you want to continue suffering as long as it’s the Bees. Tell me one thing before you come at me, has the opposition leader in all her rhetoric given us at least a glimpse of how she plans to deal with the issues that confront us?

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      • harry turnover October 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

        She gine gi wunna when SHE BECOMES THE PRIME MINISTER of BARBADOS. or better yet READ THE BLP manifesto when it comes out…she en got to tell wunna JACK SH8 right now …daiz wunna job.

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  12. Alex Alleyne October 9, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Barbados today, you are late with your online paper making your 2 competitors always having the jump on you.
    Please bring your readers up to date on the “DOVE APOLOGISES FOR “RACIST” FACEBOOK ADVERTISING CHAMPAIGN”.
    “The advertising campaign used a series of three images showing a BLACK woman peeling off her T-shirt to reveal a WHITE woman underneath her skin”.
    Black People World Wide Should Show DOVE their “Purchasing Power” and boycott dove products.
    Hurt DOVE where it hurts most in their pocket book.
    “SAY IT LOUD I AM BLACK AND I AM PROUD……BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL”.

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    • jennifer October 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      @ALEX – GOOD CALL OUT. The whole lot is the same. That is all that lot can do. jealousy is a B. The sun getting hotter too.

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  13. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 9, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Everything will happen just before the election. That’s when the big gravy train with the great, fatted calf will be rolled out.

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  14. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown October 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

    To quote Marcus Garvey-” they is no solution to the problem, until you yourself strike the blow for liberty”.
    Complaining that neither party is not good while refusing to take action is an ineffective means to a problem.
    To look at things base on perception- you already know what the current party is capable of, what they have done, how they have governor, and the damage they have cause. By all reasonable interpretation to continue with what you know don’t work and to expect a different result is the definition of crazy.
    Sometime inorder for change to come about, you have to change the party governing you. Next you have to change your own behavior and demand justice, you have to hold a person or party accountable for their actions and words and look within yourself.
    Wonder how many ppl attend meetings? Wonder how many ppl asked or demand the next party to state what they plans are for moving the country forward. What’s the agenda and the outline to bring Barbados out of the economical situation it’s in? What is the plan to curd the unemployment and bring jobs to the average Bajan citizen or how to they plan to fight the drugs, guns an drew crime in Barbados?
    A lot of ppl complain, while they themselves sit and remain inactive instead of proactive.
    Both government and the Bajans is to blame for what happened to Barbados.

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  15. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 9, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Mia is right, now so close to election the workers will be given raises or the promise of a raise.

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  16. vad50 October 9, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Greengiant,

    I support your points. It is true that Barbadians have “short memories”.

    One gets tired of the wining. Maybe Barbadian community needs to be more engage in World affairs, recognizing that globally things are in a downward slope. America has gone into full protect mode, Europe has not recovered from the economic pitfall that the American banks threw the world into 12 years ago; which threw the whole Caribbean Region into a downward spiral. All of these things take into context. Bajans need to go back to been Bajans; and stop trying to be Americans.

    Research has shown that innovation, creativity and entrepreneurs usually rise when things hit rock bottom. These three things combined by individuals is what help countries to rebuilt. It happened during the great depression and two World Wars. However, in my opinion, the only things that seem to be growing in Barbados is the whining, complaining and hate.

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  17. Alex Alleyne October 9, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Let us do the research and find out who is the “Parent Company” .

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  18. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus October 9, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Ppl does talk but look at the track records… Yes all politician look after themselves not only in BIM all over the world….but look at the records ……every time the blp in power Barbados manages to come out of the problems set by the D’s….I’m not saying this because I like any party cause the only party I like is a show or fete..I’m saying it because it is proven …then we get comfortable in the way % we vote out the ppl (sighting change) & then we get vex when the dems do what they do…….I wasn’t around long & if I’m wrong somebody that was around longer than me or got more knowledge bout this thing would have ta enlightened me…..but in the 90’s who give back public servants the 8%that was taken away & then restore the economic situation to such that we(Barbados) were looked upon as an economic status to attain in the Caribbean……. The dlp is the poor ppl party…the party ta keep poor people poor…..I may be wrong but that is my observation

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  19. RoyalPriestHood October 9, 2017 at 11:05 am

    To me both party plays with the Public Servants , I have a friend who works at a certain Department near UWI and for the longest time they were trying to get the BLP government attention and no body tried to reach out to them. This present Government they tried to reach out to sense 2008 and nothing was done to hear their cry. the members want to know who is The real owner of Island Research and Record Management.? and who or where are the alleged missing cheque Who take them up. This government need to do an audit and archives their way to the truth.

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  20. Alex Alleyne October 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

    A “conservative party vs a liberal party”.
    One look out for the rich the other fool the poor.

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  21. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson October 9, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Giddy UP…

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  22. bobo October 9, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Ref to Vad 50 and G Braithwaite I quite agree–true words well written–Owen Arthur and Co govern Barbados for 14 years — Folks, in 14 years where is the foundation to evolved better -better-
    check Vad 50 last line –Locals, don’t you think its time to stop sitting on your comfortable asses whining and complaining ”to whom”and get out and demand your rights to a better life -roads– education development -health services–human growth–etc–etc because without these elements your life will continued to be discontent–whining – complaining -mental disorganize fear -and hate-
    Time to stand up–

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  23. Sheralyn Brooker
    Sheralyn Brooker October 9, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Mia u starting wrong. We already know this. Please tell us things we don’t know.

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  24. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman October 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    you nailed it on the bashment, this will be entertaining

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  25. Sylvan Greenidge October 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Government earns it’s money to pay public servants and meet it’s other day to day expenses from taxes paid right? So persons who owe government taxes should pay right? And more so those who can afford to pay right? Today’s Nation is reporting of someone from the BLP acusing the government of playing political games with public servants. This person even marched alongside workers in solidarity during the last march. What hypocrisy. During Chris Sinclair wrap up in the last budget debate he made reference to taxes being outstanding by a law firm in spite of his offering four amnesties. Have those taxes been paid yet? Why ordinary working class Barbadians have to pay taxes while these negrocrats walks free? Has taxes been written off for this law firm at anytime in the pass and by whom? Where is our mirror image?

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  26. milli watt October 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    hold on MIA hold on………IF you win next year and that ain’t au fait compli you can pay everybody and live happily ever after. THE END!

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  27. archy perch October 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Has she produced evidence of her qualifications as a lawyer yet??? What’s taking so long ??? All she has to do is send to Britain for a transcript and here are my qualifications. SMH Double standards.

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  28. SusieQ October 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    They have to go!!

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  29. Carson C Cadogan October 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Is she or isn’t she qualified?

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  30. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles October 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    He just didn’t play games. He made it the OLYMPICS

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  31. Lorenzo October 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Archy perch andCCC you both think that a strategy of asking about a legal certificate will win another term for the DLP,give me a break.What about your party,s record 2013-to present,can that be defended because a legal certicate means nothing to a family struggling to put food on the table,have regular garbage collections,and proper roads to drive on,as well of proper health and bus services.Thes areas are of most concern to most people,so you continue with talk about a legal certificate.

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  32. colleta October 9, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Every body complaining bout who good / bad, who thieving, still when a new party get into the fray people complaining. Right now may the best party get to lead.

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  33. Greengiant October 10, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Many of you spending too much time partying. There is no time for partying if you all are really suffering. Politicians falling sick in the north, south, east and west. These are serious times within and outside of these two major social clubs (B L P and D L P). They have become nothing more than social clubs for members only, then like real social clubs they’re social categories for members. The rich, the elite, the poor, the functionary illiterate, and the illiterate. They all have a vote some vote, some don’t some vote for a price, others for a job, yet another for a promise, and others spoil their vote. What a political catastrophe.

    Imagine in these challenging times all some of you can talk about is if the B L P or D L P will win the next election. So many things to consider.

    You who say that under the B L P you could find work and support your family. Do you want to bring you children into a system where you work from one pay pack to the next? Never owning anything? If yes then you can freely support the B L P.

    Those of you who continue to say the global economy has had an effect on the cash flow in Barbados, and would not face the fact that this government should have started the austerity from 2008 having known of the severity facing the country. Who are failing to admit that this government could have addressed the dept situation with a simple over the counter pain killer instead of waiting to administer morphine. If you are one of those who are ignoring this fact then you are indeed sleeping with the Dees.

    Those of us however, who are aware of the facts mentioned above concerning both parties and are no longer prepared to accept this now epidemic of political failings. We are the ones with the real fortitude, and only us by standing strong, fearlessly, and taking the message continuously to the masses will effect real political, social and economic change in this country. I won’t be silenced by the mouthing from the operatives of either side. The time for certain change is neigh. It must not be business as usual within the wall of our parliament, otherwise it will be business as usual within the very engines that drive this economy. B C C I, Commercial banks, Education, Health, Transport, Foreign service, Foreign trade, Tourism, Security services and last but most critical the Judiciary, and legal services.

    Change must come. Anyone who agrees with me let’s beginning tomorrow write the slogan ” Change must come” at the completion of any comments made here. Let’s become the movement to move away from both B L P and D L P for a change.

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