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What's Trending: Barrack locks building

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Added 18 August 2014

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Hours before hundreds of government workers began turning up this morning, contractor Al Barrack was already on the job, placing a chain and padlock on the Warrens Office Complex. After being awarded 34.5 million dollars by arbitration (2006) a decision upheld by the court in 2008, Barrack is still waiting on his payment. Frustrated by the length of time it is taking – since he also had creditors and investors to pay – he took the decision to chain and padlock the building this morning. It is home to at least 15 ministries and ten departments, including the Ministries of Labour and Social Care, the Land Registry, National HIV/AIDS Commission and Public Counsel.   Barrack subsequently removed the locks after Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler reportedly promised he would be paid today. Online readers debated the issue when the story broke today on Nationnews.com. Bajan Queen: Dem pay Shanique Myrie pay; Al Barrack he money. Paddy Wilson Singal: He has a right to his money Les Carr: The government seem to provide more entertainment than just Crop Over now. Caroca Cabrinie: One man alone has government employees can’t drive a stroke and not a boy can’t touch him. Karen Browne: It’s unfortunate when you have to show the government the true meaning of justice. Marlene Garnett: This should never have come to this ...He should’ve been paid years ago by the former administration. I hope he gets what is due to him. Patrick Bennett: Hope government goes to Parliament to get the money from the Consolidated Fund to pay the rent and to give AB his money. We need to hear the truth. What were the arrangements before building, during the building and get to the bottom of this issue once and for all. Paula Codrington: Saw this coming as soon as they declared they were handing over the building Mario Herbert: This is ridiculous. If he was just given the building as payment, he can't want back-rent. It doesn’t matter if the Government was occupying the building from 2009 because HE WASN’T THE OWNER THEN. Have we all gone mad in Barbados? If you were living in a house rent-free for three years and the owner died and left the house to me in the will, I can start charging you rent from now, but I can’t charge you for the three years you living in the house before because I wasn’t the owner of the house at that time. Colin Daniel: This has cost us so much money and embarrassment. Both administrations should be ashamed. An award made in 2002 by the arbitrator and then six more years for the appeal to be heard. Another six for him to threaten to lock out the government after a judgement was upheld by the court. There are a number of truly embarrassing parts of this saga. Karen Armstrong: He right! The government has to set an example. The same way they are demanding we the people pay our bills; then the same in this case.

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