‘Don’t rush Govt for your money’

Barbadians who are owed money by Government are being told by a ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) senator to wait for payment in silence.

Referencing workers still to paid for services rendered during Barbados’ hosting of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIII) back in August, Senator Reginald Hunte warned that there were consequences for those who opt to make a scene over the length of time Government was taking to pay them.

Hunte argued that it was part and parcel of Barbadian culture to wait for what is owed and Barbadians should therefore not get bent out of shape if Government were also slow to pay.

He pointed that past administration including the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) had frowned upon people who bellyached over late payments.

“I have heard today about people who worked in CARIFESTA not getting their money yet. Well in 1981 there were persons who had worked in that CARIFESTA, including ZR drivers. I remember one ZR driver took his case to the newspapers [because he had not been paid his $600 week after the event concluded]. Within a couple of years then Prime Minister Tom Adams taxed every ZR 400 times more,” he charged.

“This is a necessary argument in this debate because wherever there is an action there is a reaction. This is part of our culture; you got to wait for your money,” Hunte said during this afternoon’s debate in the Upper House on the Cultural Industries Development (Validation) Bill 2017.

While the Government senator did not provide reasons for the delay in paying those who had worked during the regional festival, he suggested that there was little point to getting angry if the state did not have the funds available for disbursement.

“You have to wait until you get pay. What are you going to do? Wait until you are paid. All the bills don’t necessarily come in. It is an operation and we need to clearly understand how it functions. I understand that if a man got a little berry for you that you will want it. But what you going do if he don’t have it? You going kill him?”

However, Hunte’s comments played into earlier criticisms of the festival by Opposition leader Mia Mottley, who had condemned the planning that led to some visiting delegations seeing poor turnout for their performances.

“I am not the one calling it Carifiasco . . . .It is the people of this country and on social media who have passed the judgment on the absolute logistical madness and failure,” Mottley had said.

Stressing that the schedule had been poorly planned with competing events taking away from audience turnout, the BLP leader Mottley also contended that Government mnisters were noticeably absent at CARIFESTA events – something she attributed to a “boycott” of Culture Minister Stephen Lashley.

40 Responses to ‘Don’t rush Govt for your money’

  1. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson December 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    This article must be a typo, it seems so to me, well then don’t rush to take my national insurance and income tax weekly then.

    • Cheryl Onita
      Cheryl Onita December 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Alright then he talking a lot of foolishness stupe

  2. Monique Kashia
    Monique Kashia December 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    As usual downright insulting comments from DEM..its a sad day in barbados when silly comments like these have become the norm…well well.smh

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm


  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Don’t rush them because they are interest on it everyday it sits there.

  5. Marcia Brathwaite
    Marcia Brathwaite December 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    This has got to be faked news….this man serious?

  6. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow December 21, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Who is this black belly sheep??

  7. Cornelius Drogo
    Cornelius Drogo December 21, 2017 at 12:11 am

    I wonder what would happen if HE didn’t get paid…..

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Stupid yardfowls telling Bajans to be quiet, guess pretty much threatening them if they complain about not getting paid.Don’t care for politicians period but these DLP yardfowls stooges are the worst of the bunch septic tank dirty like the sewerage on south coast.

  9. Valdene Lucas
    Valdene Lucas December 21, 2017 at 12:20 am


  10. John Everatt December 21, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Wow this is a disgrace to the government. Guess I was brought up believing that if you know that you do not have the money to pay for something then you do not buy it. This guy is saying that it doesn’t matter cause this is the Bajan way. This government should be ashamed. I do not understand how the prime minister can even show his face after statements like that.

  11. colleta December 21, 2017 at 3:14 am

    These people don’t care if you’re able to put food on your table, at least DEMS getting paid for talking crap while doing nothing.

  12. Jean December 21, 2017 at 5:43 am

    No. Let Government take their time. Watch our businesses run into financial problems; let them close. Let the other small business that we owe close as well. Put workers on the breadline! That is the punishment for asking Government for what is rightfully yours. There is really no limit to the foolishness we taxpayers are forced to endure.

  13. jrsmith December 21, 2017 at 5:45 am

    This just shows how not grown up people who try to govern Barbados are… Its about time we import people to run Barbados , bajans just cant do it , we are not that educated as we think…. This senator is a another joker , part of a failed political infrastructure these people cant even run johnny rum shop around the corner…………………
    There are lots of issues hidden in Barbados which is known to foreigners, which would expose the upper part of our nation , but, but………………..

    • jennifer December 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Lol. lock in and lock down. This person is only confirming and trying to bring out that plantation, brainwashed, placid culture that this people were given.

      • jennifer December 21, 2017 at 10:01 am

        Now how can we blaim the merchant class, for doing similar??? Mind you the small man only got he tin cup to hold onto. And for the “two wrongs don’t make a right” lot – DO UNTO OTHERS…………

    • hcalndre January 1, 2018 at 9:04 am

      jrsmith; you have said it all in a few words. Some one said, get back the white folks.

  14. hcalndre December 21, 2017 at 6:09 am

    What comes out of these DLP Senators and ministers mouths are worst than the sewage that is overflowing the South coast. When its not Durante or that other one (can`t remember his name) now its one *unte. The same will happen after the coming election although the PM said that the money is there for this and that but the those who worked, 3 months after will be asking for the money. Tom Adams would do that in Barbados because bajans should have block every main road with the same ZR vans during rush hours by driving 2 mph.

  15. Margaret Watson December 21, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Why Mr. Hunt should I tell the electric and the supermarket that they have to wait too. What nonsense is this. Mr hunt should donate his salary to the vendors then. So Barbados gov is a retaliatory gov. Wow some alternative he gave. Sounds like a threat to me.

  16. Tony Webster December 21, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Absolutely , pure, 100% B.S. straight from the horses mouth (or alternative end of the animal). Reggie, take a hike!

  17. Sheron Inniss December 21, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Lord come for your world. He haw he haw he haw. Steupse. LOL

  18. Sam Clarke December 21, 2017 at 7:26 am


  19. Sam Clarke December 21, 2017 at 7:28 am


  20. Barbados2.0 December 21, 2017 at 7:28 am

    So basically, what he is saying is that if you make the current administration look bad by telling the truth that they haven’t paid you for work that you did and completed months ago, they will further penalize you.

    I hope people see this clearly – this is a threat, plain and simple. Not only are we not paying you, we will find a way to hurt you if you complain. We are being asked to stay quiet through coercion. Coercion is what is called a duress crime – it forces the victim to act in ways contrary to their own interests, and is illegal.

    Freedom of speech is not a crime…at least not yet.

  21. And they will fall December 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Why this old man want this “progressive” country as the Dee’s call it when it suits them, to stay doing things of the past that has gotten it to this state. Clearly he never took an econ class. Buddy if you don’t pay your debts but still adding more on top that equals the Standard and Poors rating. So sit tf down. Pay de people de money wanna owe dem especially de VAT and income tax. SMDH.

  22. Ralph W Talma December 21, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Is Senator Hunte intimating the Government is broke? Surely if you supply a days’ work then you would expect to be paid therefor in a reasonable time.

  23. Alex Alleyne December 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Just because you guys don’t have the “baxxs” to collect the monies from the rich folks that owed to government, don’t mean that poor people should suffer.
    Maybe the COURTS will help.

  24. Carl December 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I hate hearing people who are so politically affiliated that all their party does is right. How reasonable does it seem that hard working tax payers MUST wait on government but government the same circumstances do not exist in the reverse. We aren’t begging for anything that’s not ours. The zr driver demanded what was his and Tom Adams countered by heavily taxing all zr drivers! What does that say of the late PM’s tactics. Penalise someone for asking for what is theirs! Sounds like the fellas who walk around taking people’s property and beating them if they have nothing to hand over. By referring to that situation is the speaker threatenning the cuurent tax payers who are just asking for their just due? No salary increase for eons, no tax refunds for years, taxes killing us. Wait on what skipper? Question though. Since the money is due to me, if I die before the ‘pay day’ would it be paid to my beneficiary? After all it is mine and therefore it should go to who is entitled to whatever is mine after i pass.

  25. Alex Alleyne December 21, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Perfect example of someone with a mindset still stuck in the 20’s & 30’s.

  26. kk December 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

    who’s this man? he does sit down right behind Freundel? he got to either like kissing ass or he looking to secure a position, he can’t be looking for favoritism cause he now offset my blasted heart. Well good sir (leh me get bajan) f in u does sit down directly behind Frunnel ass, stand up and whisper in he ear to harr up and sen my TWO reverse tax cheques since 2 years ago or tell he sen some money my way from d whole set a money wunna use to name a road after a woman that don’t even live bout hey!!!!

  27. marcia December 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Did he also tell Government not to take out income tax and NIS. Not to fine us if we do not pay our land tax. There is no adequate word to describe this man. Folk are owed tax returns dating back to 2014,. we are going to rush and put them out.

  28. Buun December 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Why did he not say this to all the DLPs who got they 10% pay increase and driving new Mercedes? Go and tell it to the Devil!

  29. Ernesta Catlyn December 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Excuse me, a man is worthy of his pay. Don’t use my services if you cannot pay for them – that is the height of dishonesty. I overpaid you during 2016 and 2017 and now your government refuses to honour their debt and refund me. How purile and dishonest.

  30. Belfast December 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Another Paid Piper.Has he ever listen to the GIS announcements which threaten people with penalties who owe government money?

  31. Belfast December 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Now we begin to understand why the Prime Minister and his useless colleagues in cabinet, believe that he is the best Prime Minister and the best Government to grace Barbados.

  32. Corbin December 22, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Wouldn’t believe it had I not seen it here…

  33. BaJan boy December 22, 2017 at 6:47 am

    A cun# like Reggie Hunte who doesn’t even have a good pants nor never had a good job other then when Errol Barrow sent the clown to England also thinks he is a bully. These don’t seem to realize how badly they are affecting business in this country and some families who cannot even their children a gift. I spoke to a business owner last week who told me the government got all of his profit over 600.000$ and he cannot even give his staff a Christmas drink farless bonus. This down right unfair and indifferent. Thet get their back pay and 10%increase and and don’t give a fu$k about bajans. This Freundel Sturat still give little hitler a national award for CARIFESTA AND HE OWES THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND CANNOT PAT AT THAT. BAJANS WAKE UP…

  34. George Ullyett December 22, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Another Idiot that thinks a lot of himself, or is he from the Moon too

  35. straight talk January 1, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Thee man getting old and foolish.


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