UPDATE-BWU protest spreads to air and seaports

Unionised workers at both the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) and the Bridgetown Port are off the job.

This could spell bad news for travellers today as one of affected areas is said to be the air traffic control tower at the GAIA, which controls  all flights entering and leaving the country. However, the airport currently remains open and so far there have been no reports of flight cancellations, even though officials of regional airline LIAT, which stood to be most affected by this morning’s action, were said to be assessing the situation.

Port officials have however deemed today’s action as a major setback in terms of its cargo operations.

The protest has been taken in solidarity with striking Barbados Water Authority (BWA) employees, who have been off the job for nearly a week now.

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore (centre) has stepped up pressure on the BWA.

Just yesterday Barbados Workers Union (BWU) General Secretary Toni Moore warned of stepped up protests in the BWU’s quest to get the BWA to honour payment of outstanding increments of $33 million, due over the past 10 years.

However, the BWA has been contending that the matter is “very complex”, while warning that a workers’ strike is not in the national interest at this time.

In recent months, the BWA has been grappling with water outages in several parishes and other woes.

4 Responses to UPDATE-BWU protest spreads to air and seaports

  1. Loretta Griffith March 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    This Country needs a Margaret Thatcher now more than ever.
    Everyone seems to doing as they like and in the mean time Barbados falling apart.

  2. jrsmith March 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    @,Loretta G, hail,hail, on the button, been saying the same for some time now, our little island is so top heavy with non productive politicians and still we are in a mess, where are they , why this mess has happened, our bajan politicians is selling us down the river..

  3. Carson C Cadogan March 24, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    This is all a part of the Trade Union/Barbados Labour Party initiative to pull down the Govt. of Barbados. This has nothing to do with the workers. They are just pawns in a game. I have seen this before in Barbados under Obrien Trotman.

    Pure politics at play here. The Barbados Labour Party and their cohorts pulling out all the stops to destabilise the Country so that they might become the Govt. through the back door. The voting public of Barbados rejected them at the polls so they in conjunction with their operatives in the Trade Union movement are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for power.

    We all remember the Union tactics in the BIDC saga, they wanted to shut down the seaport and airport at the same time and imprison everyone here in Barbados. Our visitors would not have been able to leave Barbados. The PM spoke about this tactic and the Unions backed off as they dastardly plan was exposed.

    Now they are trying it again.

  4. Carson C Cadogan March 24, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    The Govt. needs to move with haste and cripple these so called Trade Unions.

    They have out lived their usefulness. They only have nuisance value now.


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