SSA workers back on the job after brief work stoppage
The failure by a Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) clerical officer to produce a sick certificate saw workers at the Pine Depot of the Government agency taking industrial action for close to half an hour this morning.
Barbados TODAY understands that the employee, Deborah Hinkson, had not turned up for work, as she sought treatment for a medical condition. During that time she failed to submit the requisite certificate and a decision was made to terminate her services.
It is understood that Hinkson had been advised that if she was able to produced the certificate she would have been reinstated. However, workers downed tools protesting what they termed Hinkson’s “wrongful termination”.
Following a 15-minute meeting with Hinkson, representatives of the SSA arm of the National Union of Public Workers and the management of the Authority, the certificate was produced, the termination was rescinded and workers were back on the job just before 9 am.