Opportunities in 24-hour operations, says minister

The likely introduction of legislation permitting a 24-hour business environment will present new investment opportunities for the private sector, Minister of Labour Esther Byer says.

Some businesses, such as gas stations, are already 24-hour operations. Byer said with more coming on stream once the relevant legislation was passed, the demand for some services, including daycare, would increase.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo
Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo

“And that does not mean that Government has to move to open its nurseries 24 hours. What that means is that it provides opportunities for somebody to open a daycare facility after hours,” she pointed out.

“Neither does it mean that the Transport Board is going to have to operate after hours. It need not. It might be an opportunity for a private operator to make a contractual arrangement as they currently do with some operations.”

The minister cited, as an example, the existing arrangement between late night workers on Harbour Road and privately contracted buses.

“It’s the private sector that mainly want to be able to move to [a] 24/7 [work environment] . . . Even if we wanted to, Government cannot say at this point we’re going to put more buses on the road, we’re going to open more nurseries; it’s just not within our means right now, but it presents opportunities.”

Byer said accepting the proposed longer work hours also did not mean additional time on the job for employees.

”In moving to a 24/7 operation, we can’t do that without considering the individual workers . . . No worker is going to be required to work more than a 40-hour work week,” she assured.

7 Responses to Opportunities in 24-hour operations, says minister

  1. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis February 13, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I was wondering if we are going to get a 24 hour Government at the same time too

    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne February 13, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Do nuffin’ government both day and night?

  2. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd February 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Good move forward.

  3. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes February 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Once the expenses and issues associated with a 24 hour system will be taken into consideration. These expenses being: A need for a greater police presence after hours. If we already have an issue with the conduct of psv operator’s, how much better can it get with a 24 hour system.

  4. Ramar Haynes
    Ramar Haynes February 13, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    If we weigh the pros and con’s, security jobs will be provided at the nurseries and psv operator’s will gain a greater income. Government just needs to analyze it well, before they make such a rush decision.

  5. Tony Webster February 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    A limp-wristed, reluctant handshake to MinisterIniss’ courageous efforts to point us to where there shines some light ahead. The only thing this Hon. Senator-Minister has not yet done to discourage and discentivise fresh employment opportunities, is to “import” the French staute-books which protect a French employee from dismissal by any means, exept being struck by lightning.
    Last heard, the French Government had realised that they were so far behind the rest of the EU, they has decided to undo, just what this dear lady is now so bent on doing: legislation for this…foe that. For breathing in..and for breathing out…with glee! But five will get you ten: not one fresh job shall be so created.
    Not one.

  6. Josh February 13, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    One thinks we should attempt 7 day opening in Bridgetown in the first instance to give the cruise passengers something to do – 24/7 working in Barbados, with the exception of taxis and restaurants (the latter being Lucky Horse Shoe) is in the distant future for Barbados – me thinks


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