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UPDATE-Airport closed as a result of protest action

Strike action by air traffic controllers at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) has forced the closure of the airport until  6 p.m. today. This is according to an advisory issued by airport authorities.

As a result, all flights in and out of Barbados have been cancelled until then.


Scores are now stranded as a result of the protest action, including members of the Barbados CARIFTA team who were flying out today for the weekend games in Grenada.

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Today’s action, called by the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), is in solidarity with striking Barbados Water Authority workers who have been off the job for nearly a week now demanding payment of $33 million in outstanding increments.

The Bridgetown Port has also been hit by strike action.

Earlier today, in an address to the assembled workers at the entrance to the Bridgetown Port, the General Secretary of the BWU, Toni Moore, repeated her contention that the strike was not only about the money, but in protest at the “insensitivity” shown by the management of the BWA to the concerns and frustrations of the workers.

In updating the port workers on the developments at the BWA, Moore stressed that the $33 million figure for increments dating back to 2006, was arrived at by the management of the BWA and not by the officials of the BWU.

She also maintained that the BWA’s offer to pay the workers two per cent of the monies owed over a three year period and another of four per cent over a three year period was  unrealistic.

21 Responses to UPDATE-Airport closed as a result of protest action

  1. Carole March 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Those poor visitors wanting to come and visit. Talk about leaving a bad impression for their visit wether by air or ship. Crazy!

  2. F.A. Rudder March 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

    That’s just how important those B W A workers are to the well being of all Barbadians and visitors alike! it’s quite well to work in a beautiful office setting with air-condition, water cooler and the mix but these guys who toil in the blazing sun and some times during the night fall are just as important to the nation as any civil servant Lets get together for the sake of brotherhood and national pride and address these guys’ issues after a decade long appeal. Nationals for the good of Barbados!

  3. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love March 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I could just see the UK airports closed due to strike action. NOT.Bajans are living in some Peter Pan world. How can an airport with International connections be closed due to strike action.??????? Soon no one will be coming there and then what, another Haiti or Dominican Republic shall pop up. Ignorant to the max

    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne March 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Bahamas lets the Canadians manage their main airport.

      • Ellie Brown March 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm

        I guess common sense must prevail – but the anger has been brewing for awhile and if you know the Directors of NIS get a raise and you try to hide if from the public what do they expect.

    • Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
      Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa March 24, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Haitian or Dominican Republic? Don’t hate the Rebels…. Lol

      And Mr Payne i swear that’s a step back from Independence but then again it all is.

    • Buddy Love
      Buddy Love March 24, 2016 at 11:28 am
    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne March 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa . So is CCJ. CSME etc. That’s more pining for the old colonial days when islands acknowledge they can’t take care of themselves. Mr. Barrow put Barbados on the path of going it alone after Federation got voted down.

  4. Darius March 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Can you add timestamps to your posts so you can clearly see the timeline of events for developing stories?

  5. Mark Walkes March 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Absolutely madness. Talk about cutting off the nose to spite the face. Barbados cannot afford to pull these stunts particularly where the direct effect is the gateway to the outside world. Utter and irresponsible action by the union.

  6. Rasta Mike March 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    When BWU don’t strike dem in bed wid DLP and only strike when BLP in power, now dem on strike wid DLP in power it is madness.

  7. BimJim March 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Gubmint made salary promises to airport workers (not ATC) and then the Minister boldly notified them that they were not entitled to what was agreed. Gubmint has already laid off more than 3,000 people and the country is $9 billion in debt – and that is rising, uncontrolled, at a rate of more than a $Billion a year.

    Because one (1) criminal was able to slip through their hands, the gubmint has announced they will fingerprint every person (citizen and visitor) arriving and leaving Barbados.

    In addition, because one (1) criminal was able to avoid some penalty in his vehicle, the gubmint has now also announced that every vehicle must be tagged for GPS monitoring.

    This is a totally incompetent Banana Republic government without a grain of common sense or restraint, and if the tourism industry dries up the people will have just one place to look for recourse.

    There won’t be anything to eat, either, because the few remaining farms have not given protection by Police nor have the farmers been allowed to protect their own crops from thieves. Agriculture in Barbados is now almost non-existent – everybody wants to work in an office or in tourism so they don’t get their hands dirty.

    In my mind, politicians = scum of the earth. Does it show?

  8. Merlene March 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Total nonsense

  9. Greg harewood March 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I am outside; but looking in at the labour unrest that ultimately places our weak economy in greater jepoardy of further erosion. Ask the bond rating companies. Ask the Central Bank. The pressure exerted in the short run through outrageous demands sanctioned by the unions will bear sour, inedible fruit in the future.
    These behaviors, in a small economy that is dependent on single industry revenue, is the product of backward thinking.
    But then again, as proud Barbadians, we see ourselves as having arrived at First World status. Sugar is gone (7200 tons?) this year. With the current labour unrest will the tourism sector decline as a result? Cuddear!

  10. James Franks March 24, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Tourism will be the biggest loser, your only source of major income!!

    What utter stupidity.

  11. jrsmith March 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Blame the Priminister, blame all the government ministers who shares this responsibility.. This matter should never happen an emergency meeting should have been called and the government should reassure the people of Barbados they would have speedy meetings to resolve the issues, providing they call of the industrial action. But what do they care they are not going to loose a days pay..

  12. BimJim March 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Once upon a time we were self-sufficient as a nation, we fed ourselves and were able to balance foreign currency. Between the DLP and the BLP – and I DO blame both equally – Barbados has been dragged into the gutter of Banana Republic status, and if this shabby political and managerial incompetence continues we WILL see devaluation and perhaps also violence in the streets.

    Time to throw these jackass elected dictators, yahoos and yard fowls out and seek new Parties to represent us at the highest levels. We need courageous people who will be honest and do the right thing, not waste our precious time and resources with constant politicking and BS.

    In my opinion we also need to stop selling our limited native land to foreigners who will either profit from it or leave it unused for most of the year. This practice has driven the cost of property to a point where locals can no longer afford to pay the prices asked for their own piece of the Rock. I said so decades ago, but nobody would take me seriously. Do you believe me NOW?

  13. harry turnover March 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    The POWER of the workers has been under estimated for 8 years. Every body just fed up

  14. Miche March 24, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    These people care nothing about This country,,,they allow the opposition to continually mislead them;forgetting that most of those persons pockets are filled ,,and that their pensions are secured

  15. Miche March 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This type of madness needs to be stopped once and for all,,,,,Uncaring persons should never be placed in strategic work areas,,, as such is imperative that areas such as control towers,be manned by military personnel.

  16. Andrew March 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Omg….now the opposition is misleading the people…Miche I dear say that everyone with probably a few exceptions…including you, can see what has been happening in the country for a bit now. You cannot seriously blame the opposition for this fracas at all,and if u do,what is the government’s responsibility??? Take off the blinkers and ask yourself if the warning signs were not there from before this industrial action…ask yourself if we as Barbadians must only be concerned about international trade and travel whilst ignoring our conditions of employment with respect to wages/salaries at this point.Let the cost of living continue to sky-rocket,the politicians on both sides get fatter and live large while we suffer…I bet if u were employed there and hadn’t gotten your monies that u would have been supportive of the strike, but surely u will deny this. You speak as how a real political yardfowl would…no apologies…then others say that tourism will be the biggest loser…but what about us the people…we are too timid and I am happy to see such action…keep the gov’t on their toes and demand that they do their jobs and keep promises…We need tourism but tourism and the gov’t also need us the people. So instead of talking crap,let us be supportive of this strike…at least I am….to Toni Moore and her team @BWU, I say bravo,bravo!!!


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