SSA board could face legal action, Comissiong warns

Outspoken social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong has given the board of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) a 14-day ultimatum to justify its approval of the new waste collection plan, which involves the use of private waste haulers.


In a strongly worded letter addressed to board chairman Margot Harvey, Comissiong warned that he was prepared to contemplate a judicial review of the decision before the Supreme Court as provided for under Sections 3 and 4 of the Administrative Justice Act, Chapter 109B of the Laws of Barbados, if the board failed to respond.

The plan, which came into effect on October 12, was devised during a high-level meeting between the SSA and representatives of private haulers, comprising the interim head of the Waste Haulers Association of Barbados Charles Read; owner of Jose Y Jose Liquid and Solid Waste Management Inc Anderson Fat Child Cherry, and top executives from Garbage Master, Williams Liquid & Solid Waste Management Inc and Forde’s Trucking.


It is expected to run for six months initially with the haulers agreeing in principle to service four parishes – St Philip, St Peter, St Lucy and St John – at a rate of $411 per hour for eight hours a day, Monday to Friday.

Comissiong has described the decision as “financially outrageous” and so detrimental to the financial interests of both the SSA and the citizens and taxpayers of Barbados that it appears to constitute an “unreasonable or irregular or improper exercise of discretion” and/or “a breach of or omission to perform a duty.”

He explained that the hiring of eight compactor trucks at a rental fee of $411 per hour per truck, over a six-month period far exceeded the cost of a truck and was therefore ill conceived.

“Why should the Sanitation Service Authority Board be saddling the SSA (and by extension the taxpayers of Barbados) with payments to private businessmen of $427,440 per truck per half-year (or $854,880 per truck per year), when the board could have purchased the said truck for a one-time cost of some $250,000, and end up being the owner of the truck rather than a mere renter with no ownership rights

He also contended that the arrangement would jeopardize the livelihoods of SSA employees.

“…It means that several truck drivers who are members of the staff of the SSA will have no trucks to drive (and therefore no duties to perform) but will still be entitled to receive payment of their full salary from the SSA?”

The new waste plan has also not gone down well with the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), which warned that it could result in large-scale retrenchment at the SSA and also hit consumers in the pocket.


31 Responses to SSA board could face legal action, Comissiong warns

  1. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis October 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    AJA get pull out. Improper exercise of discretion. Dionna Findlay, Jeshua Bardoo, Craig Tuckett, Maurissa Horne, Dorian Fairweather

    • Maurissa Horne
      Maurissa Horne October 23, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      I agree with the sections of the AJA he has referenced. That’s an unreasonably exorbitant rate per hour. Cha !!!!

  2. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor October 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    You are right David WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY

  3. jrsmith October 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    All bajans , quick look the other way , say nothing and it will all be gone out of your memories , this is how the politicians is playing the money games with the bajan people , because they know no one will have the balls to ask any questions of them …

  4. Arlene Straker
    Arlene Straker October 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Í agree wid u rite out nonsense

  5. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham October 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    You comissiong needs to stop trying to cause confusion in this country

    • Arlene Straker
      Arlene Straker October 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Wanna bajans hate ppl to talk

    • Rosanna Lewis
      Rosanna Lewis October 23, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      He’s correct there is need for judicial review

      • Carson C Cadogan October 24, 2016 at 5:44 am

        Only you would say that he is right.

    • Dennis Connell
      Dennis Connell October 23, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Ain’t him that causing the confusion in the country. Its Fumble Joke and his poppets. Remember the finger printing issue.

    • harry turnover October 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

      …is YOU dat confused !! take off ya yard fowl blinkers and read it again.

  6. The Negrocrat October 23, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    The one that bajans rejected, is the only one with enough balls to challenge this plutocracy.

  7. Alex Alleyne October 23, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Your time will be better spent in fighting the BWA for its none performance.

    • Mark My Word October 23, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Alex you can fight the BWA also, instead of looking for someone else to, how about that bright Chap.

  8. Syruppy Kennedy
    Syruppy Kennedy October 23, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Your right i dont like u but i agree with u but why the hell u dont want to carry court BWA that have so much people out water who cant get a proper bath people who clothes hardly getting wash people have to go work to wash them children clothes it was a bad idea for paying them men but garbage moving but people in getting water deal with that n there still have to pay a bill

  9. Aneta October 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Henderson Cheltenham, David is not trying to confuse this country. He is doing what so many white mout ducks wants do. It’s called speaking out. Go tell your government people like me ain’t voting for dem ever again. When our social services are broken, we have serious issues. Transport broken, water broken, sanitation broken, ftc broken, flow robbing people blind. We need a voice

  10. Geoff Small October 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    The wage bill in Barbados is a drag on the economy and this is an approach that will help reduce that bill. You are not an elected member of the government. The government has the right to implement a plan that they perceive is of value to Barbados.If you don`t like it, vote them out. You are becoming an obstacle to progress. Please, go away.

  11. Arlene Straker
    Arlene Straker October 23, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    U wa know dat

  12. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole October 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    The public needs a few more lawyers in Barbados to stand up for the common good.

  13. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 23, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    What is wrong with the SSA billing out work. It is nothing new, MTW do not build all the roads in Barbados, I’m sure that the are sub contract out to private people just like wht the SSA did. What BWA is doing with the water meters,

    • harry turnover October 24, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Read again but this time look CLOSELY at the ECONOMICS.

  14. John C King October 23, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    when will the trucks come, what will happen with the garbage, what about our health when we cant burn garbage in Barbados anymore? It was the right decision to get that done and bythen we will have more trucks. A clean Barbados is a healthy one……….He need to find something better to do and stop waisting his time

  15. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams October 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    SSA – Sanitation Service Authority; SSA – Sickening Social Activist

  16. Anderson Clarke October 24, 2016 at 3:46 am

    We need more lion hearted people like Mr. Comission in this country. There are many people who can help change Bim for the better yet they continue to benefit from the exploitation of the hard working people.

  17. jrsmith October 24, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Barbados is in a mess, the question who is ever going to be honest to put it right…Question to the (BLP), they are going to win the next general election, would they be going after the companies and people involve with the corruption of the hundreds of millions of bajan tax payers money the (AUDIT GENERAL’S) report which would get the economy moving…

    • Carson C Cadogan October 24, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Dont fool yourself, the Barbados Labour Party have another five years on the Opposition benches.

  18. freeagent October 24, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Barbadians, we are to leave politics out of every issue and examine them on their merit. Everyday we see people in the newspapers complaining about water, garbage, the QEH, bus service, etc. As I see it the government is trying its best to address these matters. No government is going to fulfill the wishes of the population so let us give thanks and pray.

  19. jrsmith October 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    @ , Free agent, hail , hail , we give thanks to who and pray for what , more of the same ..thats why the people who is just 1% of our bajan population , avoid politics and is in control just sitting in they armchairs….making they millions and sending it out of Barbados…

  20. Tony Waterman October 24, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    @jrsmith!!!well then at least we know that Mr.Comissiong has Balls.

    @Henderson Cheltenham!!!!he is not causing any more Confusion than the Bunch of Clowns running the Country.

    @Carson C Cadogan!!! Ithink he is asking for proper action to be taken, because that process was NOT well thought out.

    @Alex Alleyne!!!Why??? how many people do you know that were hired at exhorbitant Costs to supply Water ????

    @Geoff Small!!!!””The government has the right to implement a plan that they perceive is of value to Barbados.”” Whaaaaattt????? how can it be of Value to ANYONE when you will spend over 800.000 Dollars and have Nothing in the end, when 1 Gargabe truck only cost $250.000 to own outright, did you go to School under the Pipe???

    Same deal with the catterpillar at the dump, $80.000 per week to rent one when one cost outright the same anount.Duh????

    @Eddy Murray!!!! What’s wrong you ask, i’ll contrast what is ahppening with this deal, and what happens here with the Ontario Health System.

    In Barbados the Private Haulers are being paid way more than the Ministry workers receive for doing the SAME Work, that is UNFAIR,
    Here you can get a procedure outside of the Hospital System, but that Doctor performing that procedure outside of the Hospital will only be Pais what the Ministry would hve paid if the Procedure was done in the Hospital, see the difference ???
    Someone has found a way to grease the Palms of friends.

    @harry tirnover!!! Thank you, because most people seem to be looking at this from Party Positions, and NOT from an Economic Position.

    @freeagent!!! you’re right about one thing, i don’t know of thanks for what, but we do need Prayers.

  21. Coralita October 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t give a rats bum what commisiong do. My gap clean as a whistle, NO GARBAGE IN SIGHT. Since the private sector initiative, I can shut my eye and put out my garbage every Monday and guaranteed it will be gone when I get back home, like today.

    The garbage that was piling up for weeks across Barbados is disappearing.

    I am nothing to do with politics, give me some solutions.


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