Portvale workers on strike


Sir Roy Trotman addressing the workers at Portvale this morning.
Sir Roy Trotman addressing the workers at Portvale this morning.

The sugar harvest has ground to a halt, indefinitely.

This after 160 workers at the country’s only operating sugar factory – Portvale, St . James – took strike action today, with threats of industrial action expanding outside the sector.

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) wants management to return to the negotiation table to settle the outstanding terms under which 57 employees at Andrews Factory were made redundant last Friday.

Sir Roy Trotman who addressed the workers at the compound this morning is accusing the Barbados Agricultural Management Company of terminating the Andrews staff in the middle of negotiations for enhanced severance packages and other related issues. (DP)

5 Responses to Portvale workers on strike

  1. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder April 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Wow sad because sugarcane was our mean $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ once apon a time n BIM we have fallen so hard its hurting our economy so bad…….

  2. Sharmian Niel
    Sharmian Niel April 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    How much lower can things sink in Bim?

  3. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway April 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    crop cannot last , need to settle , as all suffer

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    The unions haven’t got a clue. The island is on it knees and they are making the situation worst. Do anyone in government care about the citizens?

  5. Cassiesmart April 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Sir Roy needed to step down years ago…he continues to lead people astray under the guise of helping them…really… check the track record….I am not saying that he has not done any good but follow the trend with open eyes…..I was pleased when he announced he was hanging up his hat. His latest move certainly demonstrates that he is not a son of Barbados’ soil.

    Shame on those who sought to strike at such a critical time as this rather than find other ways… whatever happened to keeping the end in view…with the economic crisis we are in no right thinking Barbadian who has a love for country would ever, take the action to strike in the sugar industry given the current conditions…

    Where did the ‘idea of Barbados’ SVG’s PM spoke of just a few days ago go?

    When you have natives and citizens (in authority) reacting so irresponsibly, negatively, poorly and irrationally to a national crisis I think it is high time to look elsewhere to reside. No pride! No industry!


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