Transport workers paid but UCAL still waiting
Retrenched Transport Board workers were all smiles this morning when they turned up at the Weymouth Headquarters on Roebuck Street St Michael to receive the remainder of their severance pay. However, some of their former comrades who work at the United Commercial Autoworks Ltd (UCAL) were not so high spirited when they learned that monthly paid workers may not be paid tomorrow because of a lack of funds.
When a team from Barbados TODAY arrived at the Transport Board’s Weymouth, St Michael headquarters around 9 a.m., there was very little activity in the building, which houses the Human Resources Department.
A lone armed member of the Royal Barbados Police Force patrolled the compound, while just two retrenched workers sat and talked under a bus shelter opposite the headquarters building.
Shortly before entering the compound, the two workers declined to speak to Barbados TODAY saying they have had enough media exposure during their recent protest action.
On receiving the remainder of their severance pay, they quickly left the compound expressing satisfaction that their ordeal had finally ended after a delay of eight months.
Meanwhile, a source told Barbados TODAY that monthly paid workers at UCAL may not receive their pay packets tomorrow because the company does not have the $62 000 to cover payroll for this month.
Up to 3:30 p.m. today our source said that even though the cheque had been received from the Transport Board there was no one around to sign it.