Two more companies hit by industrial action

As normalcy returned to the operations of the Grantley Adams International Airport today following yesterday’s air traffic controllers strike, two other companies were hit by industrial action today.

The action affected the operations of Rotherley Construction Incorporated in Warrens Industrial Park, St Michael and Precision Packaging Incorporated at Lower Estate Sugar Factory, also in St Michael.

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), which represents the employees at both businesses, said approximately 200 employees at Rotherley downed tools in protest of protracted negotiations for wages, salaries and conditions of work.     

However, the BWU’s Acting Assistant General Secretary and Deputy Director of Industrial Relations Dwaine Paul told Barbados TODAY the workers were expected to be back on the job tomorrow to make way for discussions between management and the union.

Meantime, 40 workers at Precision, who were upset about the introduction of a new shift system, remained off the job this evening.

Paul could give no further details on the matter.

However, he provided an update to Barbados TODAY on developments following yesterday’s air traffic controllers at Grantley Adams International Airport.

He said the workers, who returned to their jobs after noon yesterday, reported for work today since management had honoured an agreement made during a meeting yesterday that it would start improving the air quality within the control tower during the night.

The BWU had warned that if the work on the air conditioning had not started last night as agreed, the air traffic controllers would be back on the picket line today.

The union and management are expected to meet again at the airport tomorrow under the chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Transport Irvin Best and then again on Friday to try to settle the unresolved issues, which include staff shortages and general sick building syndrome.

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