Disorder in Port

CEO upset over latest Customs walk-out

The head of Barbados Port Inc (BPI) today expressed concern over what he called the “total disorder” at the crucial port of entry as a result of the go-slow by Customs officers who are protesting plans to absorb their department into the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA).

A noticeably upset Chief Executive Officer David Jean-Marie told Barbados TODAY the Customs officers who were on duty today, packed their bags and walked off the job without prior notice or warning.

“What we have is total disorder. And we need to see this come to an end soon. This is not working in the national interest at all.

“Just at talk of Tsunami or Kick Em Jenny, without any official announcement, people just walked off the job,”Jean-Marie complained.

The BPI boss said the industrial action was causing serious challenges to operations at the port, and was inconveniencing the public.

He said customers had to be turned away today because the Customs officers stopped working in Shed 2 at around 3 p.m. and called it a day in Shed 4 at about 3.20 p.m, some 25 minutes before the normal closing time.

”By then, the majority of the Customs officers had gone. Customs officers were not doing any examinations or anything else, or releasing any documentation. So that would have impacted us significantly,” he said.

“We need order restored.”

The unions representing the Customs workers have demanded the withdrawal of option forms issued to the officers while the two sides are negotiations the proposed consolidation.The unions have threatened to continue the go-slow until their demands are met.

10 Responses to Disorder in Port

  1. harry turnover July 24, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Mr.PM do what you have to do NOW.This is bare foolishness Customs people now walking off their jobs and getting away with it ? they should keep walking.
    Soon from now they will arrive at 8.15,take their hour for lunch at 8.30 and go slow thereafter.
    The Government now has every right to GO SLOW with their August salaries.

  2. Donna Harewood July 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

    What exactly are these workers fighting for?

  3. Alex Alleyne July 24, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Only at the PORT ? its all over the island. When or if BDS hit “rock-bottom” I want to be there to see who will bring it back up because no one at present on either side is proving to have the know how.

  4. kathy-Ann Clarke July 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    This go slow/work to rule is really impacting on the whole island. It is overbearing now, many day , we go to the Port or any of the warehouses to get cargo, after sometimes spending a whole day, you still leaving without anything. We cannot get paid, due to the fact that no cargo is being delivered to the Customers. This country need a serious clean up.

  5. jrsmith July 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Its about time ,trade unions members in Barbados , realize, no politician on the island, really cares whether they, go out on strike or not. Our government Where are they.
    doesn’t matter , they will be paid.

    Barbados is gradually grinding to f,,ing halt and no one is doing anything to stop this stupidness, our politicians thinks at the end of the day ,the world is going to blame bajans, no, no, the world will see the failure of the politicians.

  6. carson c cadogan July 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    There are enough legal officers in the Government Service who can sit down and draft a document with identical conditions of employment for statutory boards and mainline Government Departments. Take it to Parliament and have it legislated. As long as there is a fear that an individual will be disadvantaged by changing his/her contract, he/she will not sign the option forms. It is my firm belief that there are heads of department who set about daily to embarrass the current administration. They know the process but they are laws unto themselves and are not prepared to listen to the concerns of the workers. These are the people whom the Ministers of the respective Ministries need to keep a close eye on.

  7. carson c cadogan July 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    law and order must be restored in Barbados. Can you imagine Unions saying that the only court for which they have respect is the ‘’People’s court’’ ?. And to add insult to injury , a union could tell its membership not to work and then demands that Government pay them for withholding their labour? It is time to bite the bullet and either have an Essential Services Legislation in place or an Industrial Relations Court to hear workplace disputes.

  8. carson c cadogan July 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    To be honest this Govt. is disappointing me. The cart is in front of the horse, the tail is wagging the dog, the inmates are running the asylum. We appear to be descending into utter chaos. Time has long gone for the government to act decisively. Dont worry about any election. Thatcher faced similar situations and she brought Scargill to his knees. She was not called the Iron Lady for nothing. She didnt sit and wring her hands, she acted.

    The Government needs to break the back of these Unions once and for all.

  9. Alex Alleyne July 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Who’s passing the “biggest buck” . ???????????

  10. gee-gee July 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

    thanks for the Unions, if not Barbados would have close down,


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