Not budging

No more movement of garbage at QEH, says hauler

The state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) could be the first major casualty of this week’s work stoppage by private waste haulers and movers.

Effective today, the private company responsible for collecting the hospital’s garbage, said it had taken an indefinite decision to stop picking up the QEH’s medical and other waste, as part of stepped-up protest action against the Government’s imposition of a $25 tipping fee.

In an exclusive interview with Barbados TODAY, Managing Director of Jose y Jose, Anderson Cherry, further revealed that the haulers — who have been selectively handling garbage all week amid protest action, which began on Monday — had now reached the point of telling commercial clients that they could not accommodate them anymore.

Interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association and managing director of Jose y Jose, Anderson Cherry, speaking about the fee.
Interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association and managing director of Jose y Jose, Anderson Cherry, speaking about the fee.

“As from today, there is no more movement [of garbage] at the hospital. We are awaiting Government’s decision on this matter,” said Cherry, who is also interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association.

Following a meeting with members of the Barbados Private Sector Association, he further warned that the matter was now at a very “serious” stage, and that there was every possibility that medical waste would be left to pile up at the main hospital, located on Martindale Road, St Michael.

Cherry said haulers, who were responsible for 65 per cent of the island’s garbage pickups, or 650 tons of the 1,000 tons collected each day, were fully onboard with the stepped up action, aimed at getting the Government to rescind its decision on the highly controversial fee.

However, when contacted today, an official at QEH told Barbados TODAY that Jose y Jose did not inform the hospital of the decision.

In the meantime, Cherry has made it clear that despite the association of Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley with his company, and her meeting with protestors yesterday where she blasted Government’s management of the island’s waste disposal problem, the action was not politically motivated.

“We as a group have come together in the interest of the country. And we want to have this tax removed and we want to see the country going forward and look at different ways of dealing with this problem. There are options out there,” he said, while he and four other operators complained that they simply could not cope with the requirement that the “weight based charge” be paid up front.

In fact, they said after just one week of the fee taking effect, several small operations had collapsed and even the larger ones were finding it difficult to sustain the payments.

13 Responses to Not budging

  1. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke May 14, 2015 at 3:56 am

    How else are they going take a stand. Hit the place hardest with the most recourse. Schools next. It stands to reason then they tourist industry when they still won’t hear.

  2. Tony Webster May 14, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Senor Jose, (y amigos), stand strong. Even if they bring in de army, we got your back.

    We still got our high-card to play: all women gine go on a “no-sex strike”. (well Ok, dat will not tek care of 100% of de guys, but at least 99.9%
    Effin dem cyan hear; dem must feel.

  3. kathy-Ann Clarke May 14, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I totallly agree with Mr. Cherry and all the other waste haulers. I , my self will be impacted if they stay away from the job too long, but hey, they are standing up for what is right.

  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock May 14, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Don’t move!.

  5. Watchman May 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I wonder if removal of waste from the QEH was a job that went to tender. If there was a winning bid, I wonder what the terms and conditions were with respect to failing to meet the obligations of removing the waste. I wonder if there are any contractual obligations that are no longer being met and if the QEH would file a suit or invoke some clause of the contract that causes the other party to owe them money.

  6. Boomstatic May 14, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Watchman makes a good point. However, I agree with the stance the haulers have taken. Government is seeking to raise revenue from whomever they can. If they want to raise revenue, stop inflating the gas prices and watch how much true gas prices will jump-start this economy. More jobs, more spending, more income tax, more nis revenue etc.

  7. villager. May 14, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Now MR. CHERRI, you have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting,are you serious about your statements about MIA MOTTLEY being involved in your business and this situation not being political? Give me a break you and your fellow haulers agreed with a position just last week,and any blind man can see that you had to be chastised for your agreement just last week, you have also placed MISS MOTTLEY, in a very strange position by your remarks, it is clear that you in out of you depth in this situation,my advice to you is to keep your mouth shut, seems that you are just grand standing with no real basis for your actions.

  8. villager. May 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

    correction……it is clear that you are out of your depth in this situation.

  9. Marcus Edghill May 14, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Really! This action will affect the work of the hospital and the health of the nation, yet you support the haulers and condemn government. But you condemn teachers when they strike for justice and support this same stupid unjust government, even though you know the government snubbed the teachers on the SBAs for on six years.

  10. Lion-Of Hearts
    Lion-Of Hearts May 14, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Adrian Reid, i dont think they really understand how expensive it is. If you are moving a load of stuff which is 12 tons, you charge around $150 to move it, but the tax for dumping it will be much greater, in fact lets do the math. 12× $25 plus vat is way over $300, and if the rain falls while you are moving, that same stuff will be more as the material sucks up the rain water. So you go from $150 to $450 + for the same load. Imagine doing four loads from one site? Try passing that extra cost on to the customer and see what happens. This tax is wrong and i am glad these guys are standing in unity against this sham

  11. Chantelle Price
    Chantelle Price May 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    the hospital gone to the dogs out dey have nuffin not even pot salt to put in the food no wool nuffin

  12. Sanderson Rowe May 14, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    How things have changed. Waste haulers have to fork out more money to deposit a ton of waste, than the sugar industry is paying for a ton of sugar canes.


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