An eye sore

SSA strike impacts garbage collection on day two

The pictures paint a rather foul and messy story. Mountains of garbage littering streets and sidewalks from the south coast tourist belt to The City and its environs.

The piles of garbage mounting as a result of the SSA strike.
The piles of garbage mounting as a result of the SSA strike.
Garbage piling up in other communities.
Garbage piling up in other communities across the island.

It’s the result of a strike by Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) workers, now in its second day, which has compounded an already irregular and unreliable garbage collection schedule.

The strike, called by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), is in support of employees of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC), who were forced into retirement, having reached the age of 60.

The two sides met for close to eight hours today in talks mediated by the Minister of Labour, Dr Esther Byer.

But while the talks were continuing, and the sanitation workers were idling, everything from a used mattress to overflowing receptacles contributed to the growing mountains of garbage plastering communities in and around Bridgetown.

In Eden Lodge, St Michael, residents, who were not shy to be quoted, took the piles of refuse in stride.

Hughston Brathwaite

Rudolph Dorant, who has resided in the district for 30 years, told Barbados TODAY the visible heaps of waste were “not one week’s garbage but two to three weeks’ garbage everywhere you see”.

A “frustrated” Dorant said he sympathized with the union and sanitation workers, but he anticipated that the strike would make an already bad situation worse.

“[The] trucks aren’t coming, sometimes you get once a week, sometimes every two weeks,” he said.

Former sanitation worker Hughston Brathwaite threw his support behind his ex-colleagues, telling Barbados TODAY the employees had been disrespected for much too long. And far as he was concerned, the strike is justified.

“We have to let them know we are human beings too. They [the Government] treat the man [NUPW and SSA] bad, so the man gotta treat them bad,” said the 65-year-old Brathwaite.

In the end, the discussion returned to the subject of the garbage that littered the community, with Brathwaite imploring the authorities to act quickly to bring the dispute to an end in order to clear the mess.

6 Responses to An eye sore

  1. carson c cadogan July 10, 2015 at 6:35 am

    The Govt. of Barbados must not cave in to these rabble rousers. They are saying that they are going to shut down the country. I say let them. The whole country will suffer. This includes their membership , their families, their wives, their children , their grandchildren. We will all SUFFER AND SUCK SALT TOGEHTER including MIA MOTTLEY AND THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY. This is what happens when you put inexperience people in charge. I lived in a country where there was a shut down by Unions and it was not pretty, the ELDERLY especially suffers the most. It was like being hit by a serious Hurricane. The effects lingered for months and months. These jokers are playing with fire, I can tell them that.

    However the Govt. must be firm and resolute and must not allow them selves to be held hostage by Union Bullies.

  2. Gearbox1964 July 10, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Carson, everybody knows you are a hardcore DLP supporter who would support any and every action the DLP takes…right or wrong…good or bad.
    Quite frankly I wish general elections could be held tomorrow. This administration isn’t even fit to run whorehouse.

  3. carson c cadogan July 10, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Just let me correct there, I am a supporter of proper protocol.

    I am a supporter of good old common sense, at the moment I am not seeing any of it being displayed by the Unions.

    I am against any entity Unions included being manipulated by MIA MOTTLEY AND THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY.

  4. carson c cadogan July 10, 2015 at 10:06 am

    BTW the Govt. must not pay all the strikers a red cent. The Unions call them out, including those at CBC, the Unions have to pay them.

    NO WORK, NO PAY!!!!

  5. villager. July 10, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Agreed Carson, let them do what they have to the people are quickly seeing all of this as a nonsensical move by the unions i do not care what they do at the end of the day we will all see.

  6. Tony Waterman July 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    @ All Yuh!!!! everyone or nearly everyone seems to be looking at this scene through the wrong end of yuh Telescope, all this lies right at the Doorstep of the Very ineffective and inefficient Minister of Labour, She is being Reactive instead of proactive, as soon as she had heard about this and realize how the Union (s) were AGITATING, she should Have picked up the PHONE and spoken to the Union President, issuing HIM and invitation to come over and have a chat about how THEY could RESOLVE the Issue, at least the Appearance of Interest would have been good.
    Now we are into this adverserial stance, and meanwhile, The tourism product is being belted by piles of garbage, and Mounds of sargassum, if this is not sorted in quick order, all the Tourists will start booking out, and finishing their Holidays in St.Lucia, St,Vincent, St.Kitts& Nevis, Antigua, and EVERYONE WILL lose.
    Even the PM aint saying or doing nuttin.
    I hope that it is clearewd up before i get there on the 17th. i dont want to catch Typhoid or TB.
    The Minister could have asked her Legal Dept.(we pay them enough) to give her a ruling on whether BIDC could LEGALLY send home those Workers before the age of 67 which is apparntly the Legal age of Retirement, in other words can BIDC force them to retire BEFORE 67.
    How many Cabinet Members Including the PM are 60 or over, and can The Governor General (He is over 60) send them HOME.
    The BIDC has opened a Can of “WHOOP ASS” on Barbados


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