Sick out at airport

Unionized workers at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) have embarked on sick out action.

This, as tensions between Government and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), appear to be worsening.

Following a breakdown in pay talks between GAIA management and NUPW officials last week, Barbados TODAY understands that the airport was hit by sick out action just after midday.

However, today’s action involved mostly custodial and engineering staff at the country’s lone airport, which employs over 400 workers.

Corporate  Communications Specialist at GAIA, Keith Goddard.
Corporate Communications Specialist at GAIA, Keith Goddard.

When contacted, GAIA Corporate Communications Specialist Keith Goddard confirmed that “some members of staff did leave their positions”.

However, he said the airport had not received any official notice from the NUPW of the protest action.

With threats of possible stepped up action tomorrow, Goddard said the airport was continuing to monitor the situation.

However, he told Barbados TODAY that so far no flights have been affected, and the airport remains fully open for business.

The development comes amid conflicting reports about the impact of a go-slow, which was instituted by the NUPW over a week ago in its bid to force Government to reinstate its president Akanni McDowall  to a senior acting position in the public service after he was recently sent back to his substantive junior position.

However, so far the Freundel Stuart administration has been refusing to budge even though the NUPW, as well as other key trade unions, have warned of disruptions to this year’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, which are due to culminate in a visit by Britain’s Prince Harry next week.

6 Responses to Sick out at airport

  1. Jerome Jordan
    Jerome Jordan November 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm


    • Sherlock Holmes. November 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      You are a JA

  2. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine November 23, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    What a bunch of BS!!

  3. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine November 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Can someone fill me in on the workers grievances?

  4. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens November 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Boyce Jr Angus thats all good but this thing just didnt happen yesterday so why wait until something is happening then to go o a go slow and they were already working slow

  5. Greengiant November 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    While I am a strong advocate of trade unionism and understand fully the consequences of this McDowell issue for the NUPW and their sister unions. The workers also need to send a clear message to their union leadership. This stand was very absent for the NCC and other workers in recent times. Why can’t you take his case to the tribunal as well? If his case is strong then it should go there like every displaced worker seeking justice. Oh sorry, I forgot his is not a worker but an operative of the chosen few.


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