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”.