For crying out loud, PM!

Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds has added his voice to those asking Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to deliver on a promise he made of pay increases for public workers.

At the end of a meeting in August with labour unions and the private sector Stuart assured that depending on the performance of the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), Government would look into the possibility of affording civil servants, who have not had an increase in nearly a decade, a salary hike, or some relief from the inflationary effects of the levy.

The NSRL, which was increased from two per cent to ten per cent in the last Budget, has been blamed for significant increases in most goods.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler last week announced that after three months, ending in September, the NSRL had raked in around $50 million. While this amount was within targets set by Sinckler in May when he had announced the levy increase, he indicated more money would come for the period as officials were still adding Value Added Tax revenue to that amount.

“Over a week in October done gone . . . the man [Stuart] beg for the end of September,” Symmonds told an Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St Michael South branch meeting at Graydon Sealy Secondary School last night.

“I would have thought that having given a commitment that at the end of September he would review the thing, when he sees September 25, 26 or 27 come along . . .  [and] would be calling for the documentation [to see] if there is money”.

While cautioning that “there is pain in the land”, Symmonds emphasized that by now he would have expected that the Prime Minister would be seeking to “ensure that the people of Barbados who are workers get a little benefit because they did not have a benefit for nine painful years”.

However, referring to Stuart’s comments to Barbados TODAY last Friday, he lamented that all the Prime Minister was prepared to say on the matter at this stage is that “the minister [Sinckler] can say what he feels like saying, but I don’t have all the data on the performance for the first quarter and when I get it I will speak on it”.

“So your pain means nothing to Freundel Stuart,” he told the gathering of BLP supporters.

“What you are going through means nothing to Freundel Stuart. Your discomfiture means nothing to Freundel Stuart. Your inability to make ends meet and pay monthly bills mean nothing to Freundel Stuart,” Symmonds emphasized.

59 Responses to For crying out loud, PM!

  1. archy perch October 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Have you completed your anger management classes Kerrie? It helps !

    • Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      @ archy are you talking about an incident with a car seat

      • Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        me thinks you are talking about an incident with a car seat

  2. archy perch October 10, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Cutting up car seats was not nice….not nice at all!

  3. luther thorne October 10, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Politics in Barbados has attracted stupid petty personal comments but what is sad is that someone would see the need to make the comments above. We need to deal with serious issues. The DLP and its members and supporters tend to play tricky games with the electorate. The BLP should not allow themselves to be tricked but it seems that the DLP will trick them again. Why would Kerrie be asking the PM to pay civil servants an increase ?

  4. archy perch October 10, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Luther you should have left the sand your nose is buried in at Pebbles Beach. Who can really trick a con artist. Maybe you are not smart enough to notice, but when losers can’t get what they think they are worth from within the DLP, they jump ship to the BLP and become the DLP fiercest critics. They know the BLP has a history of raiding the Treasury and accumulating kick-backs from deals. All those who held Ministries in the past are now bleeding millionaires. SMH. You are too BLIND to see that Luther. Furhermore ask Mark Williams who has the firest digree in vote buying from the Deacons Road University. LOL.

    • MARIA Holder October 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Are you a 10 year old still in Class 1?

    • MARIA Holder October 10, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Cut backs for deals? When you are finished cussing everyone on behalf of these wild boys, they will be millionaires. What will you be?

    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

      @ archy perch; do you think your boys going to leave with empty pockets knowing that this is their last mas. Why do you think all them want to be politician, its the best paying job in Barbados, you get in wearing some old cloths, hardly could pay rent and comes out in 3 piece suits and driving $1/4 m vehicles and own properties with no questions ask.

  5. colleta October 10, 2017 at 4:25 am

    It’s hard believing anything uttered from any of DEM period.

  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 10, 2017 at 6:15 am


  7. Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I bet there will NOT be an election next year. Keep watching.

    • harry turnover October 10, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Jenny ya wrong…Stuart gine out to the baller again.As a DEM you should know how your Boss operates.
      How much ya willing to bet though? would glad to bet $750 cause that would recover the $400 in Road Tax ,$200 towards Insurance the other day only to drop into a small crater along the Bow road on my way home and BRAM… rim bend up just so.
      Had then to take it to a man behind the Central Bank to get it beat back out for over $100

      • Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 9:11 am

        OH Harry, I am a good poker player. we’ll see.

        • Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 9:13 am

          The stakes are high and colorful.

  8. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill October 10, 2017 at 7:32 am

    That’s right Kerry keep reminding the people that the false promises of the DLP will come back to haunt us all.

    • Petee Cumberbatch
      Petee Cumberbatch October 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

      all of dem false promises. all parties does want to try to look good to the people when dem trying to become the ruling party, however im sure that it was something they might wanted to happen but some reason or the other it aint happen but when u could be in power for more than 14 yrs and aint do what..come on now BLP… wanna was voted out for good reason..we aint forget that either

    • andy g October 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Kerry stupid. he forget that cilvil servants take ten days to look over a piece of paper they can cover in one day.He should ask the unions to ask they members to be more productive

  9. Pat Prescod
    Pat Prescod October 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Barbados labor party do the same rashole kerri
    Pot calling the kettle black

    • Suezette Boyce-Griffith
      Suezette Boyce-Griffith October 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      but you aint hear chris say they got 5mil from the nrsl give ppl what is theirs

    • Pat Prescod
      Pat Prescod October 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      In time if plenty the blp didn’t pay Barack

      • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 11:40 am

        @Pat Prescod: so don`t pay the Civil servants, you think like a real bajan fuh tru.

  10. seagul October 10, 2017 at 7:44 am

    @Jennifer–continuation of the same old….I’m watching.

    • Jennifer October 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

      @Seagul – I am sure not only you. What did someone say about an unstable man again?????

  11. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 10, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Kerrie come of it, man. How could you give something to people, who did not want it in the first place.

  12. lester October 10, 2017 at 9:43 am

    This is quite interesting, any pay increase would benefit these politicians greatly right across the political divide, hmmmm think my people think

    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 11:47 am

      @ lester; it benefits the politicians, so to make sure the politicians don`t be a beneficiary, the civil servants must starve themselves, when you know that hard or soft the politicians will go to the Bank smiling where ever they hide their money.

  13. Renaldo D. Weekes
    Renaldo D. Weekes October 10, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Government even in a position to give pay increases? The men in so much debt

  14. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson October 10, 2017 at 11:08 am

    It’s true pat them aint no dam different, Kerrie should know better,

  15. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson October 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Wishful thinking lillian

  16. Breadfruit. October 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

    All duh de same but unduh d BEEs tings did sweeter and Unduh DEM tings badduh badd badd!

  17. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Anyone who cuts up his wife’s car seats cant have much sense.

    • straight talk October 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      so how you arrive at that now?

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Anyone who is willing to lie, support, and endorse the treachery of the DLP, cannot have much sense as well. That fits you to a T.

    • harry turnover October 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      C C C…you think when ya wife left ya or ya get horned easy especially when ya loved she ?
      I would say that he got a lot a sense cause some igrunt men woulda cut she up instead.

      • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

        harry turnover, do you know who it was that horned him?

        When I found out who it was, it turned my stomach!!!!!

    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      @Carson C Cadogan; cutting up his wife car seats stop the DEMS from giving the Civil servants their due. Maybe, Kerrie is who bought the car.

  18. Judy Skinner
    Judy Skinner October 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    With what money??

  19. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    TONI MOORE said that there was no agreement with Govt. to monitor the NSRL or pay civil servants as a result of the NSRL. So how come all of these are asking for a raise as a result of an agreement which TONI MOORE and MARY REDMAN is on record as saying doesn’t exist.

    • harry turnover October 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      C C C ..there was NO AGREEMENT… YES !! BUT… didn’t the PM say that he would prefer to wait until the end of September to see how the NSRL works before he can entertain a salary increase or an allowance and by how much ?

      • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 8:19 pm

        “”…… the NSRL works before he can entertain a salary increase or an allowance and by how much …..””

        That was supposed to be a part of the agreement which TONI MOORE and MARY REDMAN subsequently said don’t exist and never existed and is ”…TOTALLY UNTRUE””.

        Either there is an agreement or there is not an agreement. There cant be a half of agreement relating to money only in the form of some sort of bonus for civil servants.

        • harry turnover October 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

          All that and more was said BY THE PM and whether the Unions agree or disagree the FACT REMAINS that is what Stuart said.
          In the past didn’t the Unions asked for one thing but were given something else THAT THEY DIDN”T AGREE ON ? and the SAME thing is going to happen here.

  20. Cathy Jessamy-Babb
    Cathy Jessamy-Babb October 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    No money.

  21. Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I suggest you pay them out of your lucrative law practice…..understand the going rate for a building is 13 million over 13 years

  22. Milli Watt October 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    @ kerrie not you carson I know you don’t have any money lolol

  23. Lorenzo October 10, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Andy Perch and Andy G why don,t you answer the man,s question ,instead of the personal attacks ?Did the Pm promise to look at the situation at the end of September,this is October why have we not heard from him by now.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Toni Moore said that there is no such agreement with the Govt. And Mary Redman backed back her up.

  24. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    “”This represented an abuse of privilege where being the last spokesperson, the Prime Minister used the opportunity to raise issues that were not even mentioned in meeting, namely his discussion with the unions and misrepresented a number of things. We have to make it plain that his statement that there is an agreement and a commitment of the unions to giving the NSRL a chance to work for a quarter, is totally untrue. The unions never made such an agreement,” said Moore, whose recollection of the meeting in question was supported by President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union Mary Redman.”” TONI MOORE.…/bwu-pms-closing-comments-er…/

  25. Carson C Cadogan October 10, 2017 at 8:24 pm


    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      @cCarson C Cadogan;. Lies then, Lies again. Ya fooled them once and ya want to fool them twice.

    • harry turnover October 16, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Carson ,between me and you…you really feel that DEMS gine win again ?

  26. luther thorne October 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Lorenzo . That is what I meant by my reference to silly comments versus serious issues. What I meant by the tricky thing is that we know that the Public Servants will get a pay raise for elections and it will be a trick.. People must not allow themselves to be lied to and tricked by the worse Government ever in Barbados Political History. DEMS NOW ; DEMS NEVER AGAIN

  27. luther thorne October 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Dems now; Dems NEVER Again
    My Slogan sounds better than yours Carson
    Your son was just like Trump-

  28. truthspeaker October 14, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    yall are living in a dictatorship past 9 years.

    dems now dems eternally.

    damnation callous uncaring leadership. rot in peace.

    • hcalndre October 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      @truthspeaker; it seems that SOME bajans would rather live under a Dictatorship than a Democracy and have Freedon of Imformation and Speech.


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