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Barrack chains Warrens building

Al Barrack places a padlock and chain on the building in Warrens. (Picture by Sanka Price) William Clarke (left), property manager of the Warrens Office Complex speaking with Al Barrack. A police officer on the scene while Al Barrack sits outside the building. Al Barrack’s security guards at the front entrance of the building.

By Sanka Price | Mon, August 18, 2014 - 6:47 AM

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES have been locked out of the Warrens Office Complex by the building’s owner, contractor Al Barrack, who said took the action for non-payment of rent.

At 6:22 a.m. Barrack chained and padlocked the two front doors of the sprawling building after informing the two security guards inside about his actions and asked them to leave.

Two workers also left.

He went on to place padlocks at the back entrance and at the entrances to the complex.

He claimed Government owes him more than $50 million in rent arrears as they have been occupying the building since 2009 and never once paid a cent. The annual rent is just over $10 million.

“I am the legal owner of this building ...  and the Government is squatting,” said Barrack, declaring he had had enough.

“When people owe for light, the company comes and cut it off and they have to pay... This is the same thing,” the determined Barrack said.

Briefly explaining his actions, the contractor said the complex was built by him using his money as well as resources acquired from creditors, banks and otherwise, and he has got to start paying these people.

“This thing has been going on for more than 14 years. That can’t be right. There is no respect for the Court’s ruling,” he declared.

Barrack won the contract to build the complex but a dispute arose between the National Housing Corporation – which was responsible for the project – and his company, Barrack Construction, over some of the contractual arrangements.

The matter went to arbitration by mutual agreement in July 2002. Barrack was awarded $34.5 million in arbitration four years later for his work on the complex, as well as the court costs and the arbitrator’s costs. The Owen Arthur-led administration promptly appealed that judgment but it was upheld by the High Court in July 2008.

Since coming to office the Democratic Labour Party Government has moved from calling the judgment “frivolous and vexatious” to making positive statements that Barrack would be paid.

However, to date he has not received a cent for the building or a cent in rent for those offices occupied in it.

 

 

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Posted by Bim Bum 2 months ago
Dear oh dear!
men getting militant with this Government!

Excellent move, Barrack!

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Posted by Nigel Nicholls 2 months ago
Wow! he has big b**ls I should say and rightfully so.
Go Barrack go. Those guys are playing you. If that was a more "renowned" contractor say a la "Williams" they would have been paid already. You are a small man but with a big heart. I applaud you.

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Posted by Cameron JONES 2 months ago
Pay de man. At least give him some thing...You dint have any problem paying the Jamaican.

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Posted by Robert Goode 2 months ago
You should thrown away the keys Barack.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 months ago
If Al Barrack truly has the LEGAL RIGHT to do what he did, why after 14 years of waiting would he rely on a PROMISE from the Government and take the Chains off, to me that's a little Chicken Hearted, especially if the are not even paying him any rent, if he is not careful they can probably claim Squatters rights and that would be quite another ball game. I am still wondering how this would have been handled if it would have been one of the WHITE Barbadian Contractors. any thoughts on that??????

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Posted by Orson Arthur 2 months ago
I don't know what to say.
I have never seen anything like this.
The government is broke.
This is sad. What is the Prime Minister saying.
Is he lost for words. How about the great minister
of finance. Have not heard from him.

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Posted by D. Stoute 2 months ago
Two government administrations and this man still cannot receive his money. He has had the patience of a saint.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 months ago
Am trying to figure out what else these businesslike guards have in the backpacks (besides chains and locks).

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