Crippling bus strike

 

 

IMG-20150506-WA0010An early morning strike by bus drivers has effectively grounded operations at the state-run Transport Board, leaving hundreds of commuters, including school children, stranded.

The unionised workers were gathered at the Board’s Weymouth, St Michael headquarters from 5 a.m.

However, up to an hour later,  the majority of buses were still parked up, except for those transporting dialysis patients to hospital for treatment.

 

Buses parked up at Fairchild Street in the City.
Buses parked up at Fairchild Street in the City.

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The terminal building at Fairchild Street resembled a ghost town.
The terminal building at Fairchild Street resembled a ghost town.
BWU Shop Steward Neville Kirton says he is in touch with Transport Minister Michael Lashley.
BWU Shop Steward Neville Kirton says he is in touch with Transport Minister Michael Lashley.

Asked to explain the action, Barbados Workers Union shop steward Neville Kirton, who was on site this morning, complained to Barbados TODAY that even though discussions were ongoing at the level of the Labour Department about recent retrenchments, the Board continued to hire workers without advertising the jobs internally or externally.

Board officials are expected to issue a statement later today on the action, which has already resulted in widespread delays and has caused system-wide disruption. 

 

2 Responses to Crippling bus strike

  1. Winston Crichlow
    Winston Crichlow May 6, 2015 at 7:12 am

    How about making them an essential service too?

    Reply
  2. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain May 6, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I am still glad that the transport board bus men didn’t strike on the day of the 11+plus

    Reply

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