Air traffic controllers still off the job

Air traffic controllers at the Grantley Adams International Airport remained off the job for the second straight day today, protesting working conditions.

Members of the management team were forced to man the control tower after the workers called in sick.

Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Dwaine Paul, confirmed to Barbados TODAY that the workers were off the job.

“All of the air traffic controllers are off the job protesting the unsanitary conditions under which they are asked to work. All of the workers reported sick today and the union supports the action taken by the workers,” Paul said.

No one from the Ministry of International Transportation could be reached for a comment on the situation. (NC)

18 Responses to Air traffic controllers still off the job

  1. Phyllis G Wallace
    Phyllis G Wallace October 24, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Donna Laster

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

    If they remain off the job for more two or more then they have to submit a doctor’s certificate. If they fail to do so then they can be terminated.

    Or are they on Strike?

    If on strike who authorised the strike?

    If on Strike authorised by The Barbados Workers Union then they will not be paid for days on Strike.

    The Barbados Workers Union will have to pay them from their Strike Fund(if they have any money in it).

    Very interesting statement by the Barbados Workers Union:
    “All of the workers reported sick today and the union supports the action taken by the workers,” Paul said.”

    Is it the duty of the Barbados Workers Union to encourage workers to pretend to be sick?

    How its it that the Barbados Workers Union is encouraging dishonesty by the Air Traffic Controllers and the Cement Plant is actively firing workers members of the Barbados Workers Union, and the Barbados Workers is doing nothing about it? Sickening DOUBLE STANDARDS.

    By month-end(OCT. 2015) Flow will fire numerous workers many Barbados Workers Union members, and not a word from the Barbados Workers Union. Sickening DOUBLE STANDARDS.

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  3. Donna Laster
    Donna Laster October 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Oh no!!

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  4. Phyllis G Wallace
    Phyllis G Wallace October 24, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    So nothing resolved since last year in November?

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  5. Donna Laster
    Donna Laster October 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    That’s what John just said

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  6. Robert Turk
    Robert Turk October 24, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    “Unsanitary working conditions”, what’s that?

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    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair October 25, 2015 at 12:52 am

      That’s what I am interested in knowing.

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  7. Rashid Muhammad
    Rashid Muhammad October 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Nothing good from strikes people just do not learn

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    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond October 25, 2015 at 12:03 am

      You clearly have not been following industrial relations in Barbados. Many good things have come out of strikes. The last one at the Central bank secured a rescinding of the action that led to it.

      In the majority of cases the unions are successful in defending their members. How do you mean nothing good comes from strikes?

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      • carson c cadogan October 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

        The Trade Unions only represent the Govt. component of their membership. You can not prove me wrong on that.

        Just take a look back at what happen to the workers at Sandy Lane Hotel when they went on strike and got fired. I am sure you remember what happen to Royal Shop employees when they went on strike. They all got fired fired. No action from the Barbados Workers Union up to this day.

        The Barbados Workers Union is morbidly afraid of the Private Sector in Barbados.

        Under Toni Moore nothing has changed. The Cement Plant is firing workers as we speak and nary a word from the Barbados Workers Union, Flow will soon start firing workers, nary a word from the Barbados Workers Union, JB’s will soon start firing workers, nary a word from the Barbados Workers Union. All this in October 2015.

        Sickening DOUBLE STANDARDS!!!

        IF THIS WAS THE GOVT. OR ANY STATE INSTITUTION ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE.

        The Barbados Workers Union is taking these workers money under false pretenses. Pretending to be representing them, when they are only interested in representing Govt. workers.

        What say you?

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  8. Phyllis G Wallace
    Phyllis G Wallace October 24, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Last year the said it was because of the heat!!!

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  9. lswiltshire October 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    the dlp ministers dont call in sick—thy just sick and thy make the country sick
    these dlp jokers dont do any work because their brains dont work

    cadagon just talking shite but he is a nobody

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  10. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair October 25, 2015 at 12:53 am

    How competent is management to do their jobs?

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  11. carson c cadogan October 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Did I mention anything about issues workers are facing at G4S? B’s Bottling plant also laid off workers, but no action from the Barbados Workers Union.

    Now lets see, these companies are PRIVATE SECTOR OR GOVT.?

    They would have to be PRIVATE SECTOR since no action have been taken by the Barbados Workers Union.

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  12. seagul October 25, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Back in year 2010 our family stayed at a plantation called seafoam haciendas. Workers there who joined the union or speak of doing so was fired or threatened–reduced hours etc. The unions seemed to exists as overseers on the field.

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  13. jrsmith October 25, 2015 at 10:22 am

    This is a very serious matter, where the hell is the government minister , this is no joke, this is not a super market issue, this is life or death, these people hold in they hands the lives of thousands of people daily and shouldn’t have to fight for proper working conditions no matter what, this should be settled ASAP.

    But then this is Barbados , our politicians /government ministers seems to spend more time playing with themselves , than doing anything for the benefit of Barbados and the people.

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  14. jrsmith October 25, 2015 at 10:28 am

    @,Carson,C,C, hail, hail , you must stop firing salvos at the unions, this is not a simple issue, there is a much broader picture, taking in air traffic controllers in certain parts of the region , this matter needs fixing , now.

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  15. carson c cadogan October 25, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    How we miss Ronald Reagan.

    He would know how to fix these Air Traffic Controllers. Remember what he did in the US, he fired the whole bloody lot of them when they started to play the fool.

    But here in Bim we pussy footing with them!!!

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