Airport gives security assurance as protests continue

Protest action continued for the second consecutive day today at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

GAIA Inc. workers, which included security officers, custodians and engineers, picketed in front of the Departure and Arrivals lounges, led by senior members of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), to protest the recent breakdown in wage negotiations between their union and management of the airport.

Meanwhile GAIA Inc. sought to assure the travelling public that security will not be compromised at any time, particularly during an industrial dispute.

According to a statement issued this evening, members of the management team, along with senior security management manned the first of three security checkpoints during the industrial action when airport security officers left their positions to participate in the protest.

From left, the NUPW’s Treasurer Asokore Beckles, President Akanni McDowall and General Secretary Roslyn Smith leading workers at Grantley Adams International Airport in industrial action today.
Workers began their protest yesterday, led by senior NUPW members.

Airport officials stressed that GAIA Inc. has and always will comply with international security requirements, which mandate that passengers seeking to enter the restricted area of the airport are subject to screening and security controls.

“Passengers departing GAIA usually undergo a three-part screening process which exceeds international requirements.  It includes a first check usually undertaken by GAIA Inc. security officers to ensure that only persons with legitimate business and passengers with valid boarding passes enter the area.

“The second checkpoint is conducted by immigration and the third check is conducted by authorised and certified screening personnel where passengers and their bags undergo security screening,” the statement said.


12 Responses to Airport gives security assurance as protests continue

  1. Mark Adamson
    Mark Adamson November 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Today, were the PDC/CUP at the helm of government of Barbados, there would have not been any toleration of this foolishness that is taking place at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

  2. Carson C Cadogan November 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Four known Barbados Labour Party members at the front of that BLP sponsored walk.

  3. Sherlock Holmes. November 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Three jokers leading the sponsored walk, wait the Freddy Kruger lookalike don’t walk?

  4. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne November 27, 2016 at 12:57 am

    You see u Mark Adamson will never ever as you live would run barbados because you are here try to prevent the freedom of the people to protest.Sir you or whatever party you have will never get that luxury .I stop commenting on any post but I was urge to with this utter nonsense you are here trying articulate.

  5. Sue Donym November 27, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Unity is what? Sign maker falls short. Hopefully more attention is paid to details on the job.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 27, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Keep fighting for what? Long Talk. Anyone one can do that. The Union is incompetent, incapable of negotiating an agreement. The government mode is switched on to selective hearing, the Union FAILED before they start. Therefore it is only right that the FULL membership fees paid (during their working life) including interest are refunded back to the workers.

  7. Rechelle November 27, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Keep up the protest and keep their feet to the fire. These insensitive government members eating drinking and smiling large in the name of an Independence Celebration while we workers sucking salt. No conscience at all

  8. Frank White November 27, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I for one would love to know when is it a good time for strike action?? It seems that no matter the time or the climate the Union calls a strike, Barbadians have a problem with it. The question must be asked however, is it Barbadians having a problem with it or DLP party supporters?? What Mark Adamson is talking about is a dictatorship and right thinking Barbadians should never let that happen no matter which party is in power.

  9. Realist November 27, 2016 at 8:35 am

    The sign clearly states unity is strength..And for all who don’t know what is going on should gain some knowledge as to why these workers are protesting and taking action before y’all start blasting them.

    • Carson C Cadogan November 27, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      They are stupid.

      what we see here is the blind leading the blind.

  10. jrsmith November 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I am living in the (UK) mostly because of business, I would always notice the lack of unity within the trade unions in barbados, noticing this and seeing how the politicians treat the trade unionist and the bajan people as if they are second class citizens…
    What conclusion can you come to when a strike as this one ,is going to make the economy worst and none of the politicians seems bothered. But what would you expect from a bunch of people who allow a back a yard woman from Jamaica , coming through this said airport and winning a case against our Island..

    All you hearing from the airport management is compromising of security , what security they dont even have as many cameras attention ,than the small area of a place call (Mitcham Green ) where I frequent to do my banking in the UK.
    The trades unions , the trades unionist , this should be the make or break of the horrible way you all were and is being treated , the answer , 24 hour strikes at least one per week for now we need to recover barbados, from the grip of politicians who seems set to destroy Barbados , as I always say barbados is there for the taking ,but not by bajans…

  11. jrsmith November 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Which is more dangerous and destructive , the guns or our politicians..


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