Inniss takes issue with labour laws

A Government minister has expressed concern that the country’s labour laws give “all the rights” to employees to the detriment of the businesses themselves.

“I remain a bit troubled that as we have moved forward with some reforms of labour legislation in Barbados, that we may be moving towards a point where employees in Barbados have all the rights and employers’ rights are greatly diminished,” said Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development.

Speaking during the fifth anniversary luncheon and awards ceremony of Crumbz Bakeries at the 3Ws Oval, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus on Wednesday, Inniss warned that in such a situation there were no winners, adding that there was need for a “frank” conversation to be had.

He also suggested that in cases where employees were only focused on collecting a pay cheque at the end of the week or month, the businesses ultimately suffered.

“It is a matter that we don’t often like to talk about because there is always the fear of the reaction of organized labour movement in Barbados,” Inniss said, while reminding workers at Crumbz Bakeries, which is owned an operated by businessman Curtis Todd, of their duty to give a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay.

“I say to you, those of you who work with Mr Todd’s group of companies, you have a duty . . . and I am not being critical of you . . . to give of your best every day, as good as your health will allow it to be,” Inniss advised, adding that “I have always been concerned that in a Barbadian context, there are just too many workers who focus and function much towards the pay cheque at the end of the week or end of the month, and I think if the company provides the right enabling environment for workers to perform, then it is only fair that employees give of their best at all times and produce for the benefit of the company and themselves.”

In brief remarks, the Crumbz managing director cited the success of his four companies which he said had moved from less than six employees to over 40 workers.

Todd acknowledged the support received from the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, the Full Gospel Businessmen Association, Scotia Bank and others to his group which includes Kamal’s Enterprises, a garment firm; Walls Enterprises, an agro-processing business; the Flour Warehouse, a company that imports flour and distributes it to bakers and retailers; and International Sales Agency Company Limited, a debt collecting entity.

Yesterday, awards were presented to three top employees – Patsy Hinkzen, who got the managing director’s prize; Leandra King, who was the most improved employee in the Cake Department and Damon Leacock, the most improved employee, Pastry and Yeast.

16 Responses to Inniss takes issue with labour laws

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 18, 2018 at 12:08 am


    • Joy Waldron
      Joy Waldron January 18, 2018 at 9:57 am

      Who going put he out …. lmaooo…

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba January 18, 2018 at 10:41 am


    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray January 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe January 18, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      Joy Waldron He done put out He self with all de crap He talking…He and de rest of DEM

  2. meakai January 18, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Recognize cocksure when you see it. Unfortunately I cannot not vote for him.

  3. Pearl Carrington
    Pearl Carrington January 18, 2018 at 2:47 am

    All the ‘so called’ rights for the workers and all the profits for the employers. Unfortunately, the workers can barely afford to pay their mortgages, utility bills, feed their families , or pay their children’s university fees due to the fact, that decent salaries and not ‘worker’s rights’ put savings in their bank accounts…..Miss P

  4. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce January 18, 2018 at 5:35 am

    All DLP want is DEM paycheck too.

  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 18, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Yip elections really in de air when politicians sucking up to businesses and talking down workers,but why do slimy shady politicians follow the advice they giving to workers.

  6. Troy Whitehall
    Troy Whitehall January 18, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Dam these joker

  7. Kevin January 18, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I think there is a disconnect here. We have the president of the BCCI and now Min Inniss saying with the passage of the labour laws that employees have to much right now. Then we had labour unions leadership and others saying that the labour laws did not go far enough with regards to employee rights. So which is which?

  8. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade January 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Miss p this man can talk crap because he never know what it like to want thing he can pay is bill on time he got money to do what a poor woman cannot do

  9. Kay January 18, 2018 at 9:50 am

    It would be helpful if when making such statements, the Minister gave examples of exactly what employee rights they believe are hurting.

    Failing to give context hinders meaningful discussion.

    Furthermore, if your concern is that employees simply on a pay check, you should be equally concerned about employers that simply want bodies to show up perform a role until they can’t anymore. An employee can only be invested in the good of a company when the company is also invested in them.

    Provision of training, skill recognition and opportunities for continued professional development and advancement are just a few examples of how companies can invest in their employees and sadly many don’t.

  10. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray January 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    The thing is this man does sit and vote on these things and then come an say other things. Who are you trying to fool?

  11. Bro Winston J Massiah January 18, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Winnie stop using a crutch. Stand up! Look around! See it’s broad day light and take a strut and see what God can do for you! It may seem out of this world but its there waiting for you. You just have to tap into it and by God’s good mercies abundance is yours. And one more thing don’t be selfish give whole heartedly and genuinly to the underprivilge or church organization

  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Donna hiding behind shades, he wasn’t hiding behind them when he was doing the quick step collecting the cash for his house party.
    The Tax man should be taking up the with Donna. Damn disgrace!


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