Guards stage sick out
If security guards at the Barbados Community College (BCC) who staged a sick out today do not report to work tomorrow, the college may have to look at bringing in a private firm to do the job.
That was the word from BCC’s chief of security, Patrick Sealy, who confirmed this morning that guards who monitor activity across the campus did not report for duty today.
He could not say what may have lead to the action, but assured that security at the college would not be compromised, as contingency plans would be implemented.
This morning, private security personnel took up their usual spots at the gates of the Howell’s Cross Road, St Michael educational institution. However, it was the guards hired by BCC specifically for internal campus security that did not show up.
“It is not the first occasion that this has happened and we will be looking into the matter to see exactly what the problems are and so on,” Sealy told Barbados TODAY.
“In the meanwhile, we have been able to implement some contingency plans so the safety of the student population or the workers is not at risk at this point in time.”
According to reports reaching this newspaper, when students and tutors turned up at the college today, classroom doors were still locked and Sealy had to open most of them himself.
Efforts by Barbados TODAY to speak to principal Dr Gladstone Best proved futile as we were told that he was in a meeting and was unavailable for comment.
When contacted, Dennis Clarke, general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers that represents the security guards at BCC, said he was not aware of any industrial action taking place at the college.
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