No show by clerks affects court system

It was anything but smooth sailing in two Bridgetown courts Monday, as unionized court clerks failed to show up for work.

The action, which seemingly took the presiding magistrates by surprise, affected the operations of both the District ‘A’ Traffic and Criminal courts.

In the Traffic Court, Magistrate Graveney Bannister wasted no time in adjourning all matters that were due to go before him Monday.

However, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sergeant still managed to hear new cases, but was forced to reschedule the older matters.

The development came amid ongoing industrial action by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) to force Government to reinstitute its president Akanni McDowall to a senior post in the public service.

So far the union has called out workers at both ports of entry to press its case.

However, the union appeared guarded on today’s no show by the clerical officers, with one official, who did not want to be identified, telling Barbados TODAY, “you may see more of that. Every department has its own issues”.

6 Responses to No show by clerks affects court system

  1. Hal Austin November 22, 2016 at 3:00 am

    The nation is in crisis and our prime minister remains ‘silent’. Call a general election, gave the people a choice..

  2. Patrick November 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Hal Austin, you are in a crisis not the nation.

  3. Aneta November 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Patrick I’m tired of you at this stage. Every one of us have an opinion. You trying to muffle people. If you are a dem cool, but remember our democratic right ‘freedom of speech’

  4. Greengiant November 22, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Mr. McDowell will learn that union leaders don’t walk hand in hand with politicians.

    1. The members you represent are supporters of both parties.

    2. You will be compromised by association if the government
    There’s nothing wrong with marching during a protest, but march holding the hands of the people you represent. I have much admiration for you but you will learn some hard lessons that will strengthen you brother McDowell. I only wish your more experienced comrades will tell you that with your high office your political affiliation is a very private matter.

  5. Tony Waterman November 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    What we need in Barbados is a Margaret Thatcher.

    Barbados cannot afford what the Unions are trying to do.

    everyone is at everyone’s throat like Cannibals, is that what 50 years of Independence has done to us ????

  6. Tony Waterman November 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    all the cases for Monday should have been thrown out “Without Prejudice”

    and any that were on the slate for a long time should have been thrown out “With Prejudice”

    that would leave the Slate clear for new cases.


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