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Tensions at SSA

Tensions were running high at the Sanitation Services Authority’s Wildey depot this morning.

The Royal Barbados Police Force was called to the compound to quell the situation as employees downed tools for a second straight day.

The striking workers were among those ordered by the National Union of Public Workers to stay off the job over the dismissal of ten employees at the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.

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Some of the protesting SSA workers


Barbados TODAY understands that police were summoned after workers allegedly attempted to block trucks from the National Conservation Commission who reportedly came to fill up on petrol to collect garbage around the island.

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The scene at the SSA this morning. To the far right is Acting Manager Roslyn Knight and next to her is Assistant Manager of Engineering Shawn Phillips.

One worker, Adrian Husbands, who is attached to the southern division, told Barbados TODAY while he and his colleagues were upset that NCC workers had been directed to collect garbage, they were not blocking the entrance.

“We didn’t block the gate, we were standing abreast at the gate because we were looking on.”

Husbands and other workers also charged that they did not receive their wages.

When Barbados TODAY attempted to reach the SSA’s Acting Manager Roslyn Knight we were told she was on leave and a senior member of staff left in charge was not in office.

17 Responses to Tensions at SSA

  1. Zeke Fahrid
    Zeke Fahrid July 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    wunna now goh feel de squeeze man!! lock down coming soon if wanna doan budge!.. This guvmunt goh onstan is de people dat put dum dey!! Poor people fed up!!

    • Zeke Fahrid
      Zeke Fahrid July 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      No pain no gain!!!…we gine continue to feel it along wid everybody else.. We feeling it long time. Its time enough that de rest feel it too!!

    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix July 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      I totally agree with you Zeke Fahrid and Kerri Katrina Codrington, it amazes me that people prefer to complain for another 3 years rather than stand up for their rights,pathetic, I swear if we were still in slavery these people would say that the Massa feeds,clothe and house us,why revolt,stupseeeeee fedup with these people

    • Zeke Fahrid
      Zeke Fahrid July 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Colette Felix i wish I could like your comment a million times over

    • Zeke Fahrid
      Zeke Fahrid July 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Andrena Ceasar it’s all about principle.. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be sold short just because the carrots are dangled in front our faces… So you’re saying that we should allow ourselves trampled upon for the sake of few dollars? There’s a correct procedure that ought to be followed which wasn’t. First and foremost the union is a bargaining table. You don’t go behind their back and negotiate then come pubilc with the result. No its not done like that?… Why join the union then?!

    • Cumberbatch Sophia
      Cumberbatch Sophia July 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      the thing is that a,lot of the people that talking don’t feel it everyday talking about put country first ,put the country first and a selected few getting rich and the poor getting poorer and some employers is do so much crap to workers because we are indispensable. This government has an attitude of I gine do what I want and wunna can’t do a damn thing.

    • Cumberbatch Sophia
      Cumberbatch Sophia July 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      I never heard any union got to pay an one. It is in the law books If you are in a union and you are on strike the employers have to pay the employees still. The only way they are not paid is if it is a wild cat strike and the union was not informed. Get to know the labor relations laws people

    • Zeke Fahrid
      Zeke Fahrid July 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Andrena I agree with you.. Hopefully those days of that type of corrupt union leadership are over… Hope that this young crop bring about sound leadership and representation.

  2. Seth St John
    Seth St John July 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    But how things so hard yet these government officials always on leave though? Seems like every time there is an issue, someone is on vacation or on sick leave..

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair July 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      They are injected with something called “perfect Timing”….lol

  3. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair July 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    With all the diseases garbage causes, who in their right mind let’s a countries garbage pile up? No matter what the circumstances garbage is a priority and cannot be left unattended. It is the governments responsibility to go to all lengths to continue garbage pickup until matters are resolved. It not something which can be put on hold.

  4. Kevin July 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I believe they were blocking the entrance. When they saw the NCC trucks they got scared that the NCC workers would be doing their job, and then they themselves might them find themselves out of work.

  5. Mr Whapax July 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Wages? Wages? Did I read that correctly? Grieving families forced to delay funerals, tax payers with garbage piled high and you all have the gall to ask about wages? Stuuuppsse! I would bring in some workers while wunnah pun strike.

  6. dave July 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    with the exception of the comments by whapax, kevin and maria, the other comments by zeke , sophia and MARIA ARE ON POINT. I am happy to know that sensible people such as Zeke Sophia and Maria still exist. Good comments guys! I am also happy that we now have somebody like Akanni McDowall at the NUPW – Pressure Dem Kanni ! Pressure Dem ! They frighten for Akanni saying that he is political when they themselves are political . These people are something else !

  7. villager. July 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    The more this saga continues the more,i am amazed,as i said before, to the ssa what have ordinary citizens of this country done you?What are the true causes of your actions?Are you just blindly following persons who believe that they are charismatic? Well at least they said they were told so, but i beg to differ,arrogant and hot headed seem more like it.Anyway let the games begin if this is some form of bloodsport then we will see the casualties ,reason has long gone through the window.

  8. Winston Arthur Trechane July 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Can the police in Barbados go on strike for reasons of protecting the people of Barbados from the detrimental effects of the government’s incompetence?

  9. Ormond Mayers July 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    While employees have a right to withdraw labour, no employee has the right to block the entrance / Exit at the workplace. Engaging in this conduct is an act of lawlessness. While on a work stoppage, the show still has to go on, hence, it is the right of the Employer to employ whatever means to execute their mandate to the public. So please don’t turn this into a fiasco.


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