Workers at the Bridgetown Port walk off the job

Workers at the Bridgetown Port are off the job.
They walked off the job around 8:40 a.m., after management reportedly called in the Barbados Coast Guard to do the work normally performed by the mooring crew which Barbados TODAY understands called in sick.

 

According to the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), a reserve group of workers would normally replace the mooring crew, but management sidestepped the procedure and called in the Barbados Coast Guard instead.
Addressing workers on the outside of the port, BWU General Secretary Toni Moore condemned the move, declaring that workers would not be resuming duties until management addressed their concerns.

44 Responses to Workers at the Bridgetown Port walk off the job

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    #NationalStrike

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  2. Allan Keeler
    Allan Keeler July 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Would the port pay for coast guards work if not they will do it again

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  3. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith July 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    That is good that the Coast Guard was called in to do the work. Unions feel that government should fall on their back when people are called out. This reminds me of when Unions called off Air-traffic controllers in the US; Ronald Reagan called in the Army personnel to do the job then fired over 11 000 of them.

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    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott July 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      No Miguel Griffith I guess ur prove that education isn’t common sense because u can’t open ur eyes to reality and see that this current situation has nothing to do with the TRADE UNIONS but everything to do with this country and what the ppl stands for .. so with that being said the voices of this country needs to be heard

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      • Adrian July 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm

        What do the people stand for?

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    • Miguel Griffith
      Miguel Griffith July 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      It seems that you are the one lacking in common sense and basic knowledge of the application. If you really know the history of the scenario that I put forth you would cease and desist from making yourself look like an idiot. All I am saying is that the government has the power and authority to utilize its forces/resources to keep the smooth running of its operations whenever a problem arises.

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    • Bryan Mayers
      Bryan Mayers July 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Evil trives when the good do nothing

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    • Lionel Gittens
      Lionel Gittens July 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      I know people are angry with the situation the country is in but you have to think. Don’t jump on the bandwagon of saying and doing foolishness.

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    • Errol Rayside
      Errol Rayside July 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      slave

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    • Errol Rayside
      Errol Rayside July 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Shut it down—-get DEM out..

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    • Miguel Griffith
      Miguel Griffith July 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      I can’t believe that right thinking people can read what I said and come up with evils and slavery. The Opposition and unions all have jobs to do but at the end of the day the government how much we may hate them have to job to do as well. Who the unions and opposition represent is far from who/what a government represents and what it does.

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  4. Patty July 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The trades unions and confederacies of the world are a snare. Keep out of them, and away from them, brethren. Have nothing to do with them.
    Trade unions are going to destroy this country…mark my words…

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    • hcalndre July 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      @Patty; You`re saying that all the members of unions in Barbados should withdraw their membership and just finish with them leaving it up to the employers and owners to be nice and caring. They will give you nice pay packages, eg. Vacation, sick benefits, pay raises and everything that is nice. Barbadian people should read books by Malcolm X and Julius Nyerere. Most bajans have the “house negro” mentality. When the master house is burning or the master is sick they feel the pain.

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  5. Geoff Small July 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    USE THE GRIEVENCE PROCEDURE TO RESOLVE THIS COMPLAINT AND STOP SCREWING UP BARBADOS WITH NON-PRODUCTIVE WILDCAT STRIKES. THIS IS NOT A HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE THAT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH IMMEDIATELY. THE BARBADOS GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PUT LEGISLATION IN PLACE TO CURB THIS BEHAVIOUR. NO STRIKES OR LOCK-OUT DURING THE TERM OF THE CONTRACT.

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  6. Freeagent July 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    No work, no pay

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  7. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens July 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    People better stop minding the unions and doing foolishness.

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  8. fedup July 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Only he who feels it knows it.

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  9. Kathy July 19, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I hope that the powers that be have the strength to call on the Defense Force personnel to man these positions when these wild cat strikes occur over the next couple of weeks. Every year close to our national festival these immature people who are over our trade union try they best to harm our festival, but right thinking Bajans will not be standing for this nonsense. These people just do not have the best interest of the country at heart. Thing is look at the groups who always take strike action. Then they don’t get paid by the union. So who is really suffering here?

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  10. Patrick July 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Only the poor will suffer in the end, continue with this foolishness and see what will happen, remember Royal Shop and Sandy Lane.

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  11. Patrick July 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    The BWU is fighting to be recognised, the union continues to be ignored by a leading security and can’t do anything about it

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  12. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore July 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    If the workers strike bring on people that are unemployed to do the work. Right now we need Barbados running.

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    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott July 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      No Lisa Moore this country needs to be awakened and the mistakes need to be CORRECTED

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 19, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Dana Jemmott yes please Dana 1000% in agreement with you

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Roshawn Devonish when people like ah gov. what ever they do, its 100% ok for those who care not to think for them selves.

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  13. jrsmith July 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    This is why I am saying this government is going to win the up coming elections, they have done nothing for the black masses in Barbados ……
    900 millions dollars missing from the treasury and no voices raised by the people, the politicians doing as they like treating bajans as like , ***t , but the people lining up ready to attack the unions, ……………….The unions is the only voice bajans have in barbados….because they are frighten of the politicians and scared of the 1% , who controls barbados………………………….

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    • Rechelle July 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      True Jrsmith….they rubbing S**** in their mouths and telling them it is chocolate. Stupid masses.

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      • hcalndre July 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        @Rechelle, The DLP should win the next election and then have the power to change the term from 5 years to 10 years. I would just have a nice seat somewhere and watch it play out.

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  14. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott July 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Geoff small last time we check this is a democratic country where freedom of speech and movement are still legit in this country.. I think it’s time the voices of this country be heard STOP GETTING SIDE TRACKED BY IF UR DLP OR BLP AND SEE THIS COUNTRY IS BEING DESTROYED BY SELFISH WRECKLESS PPL called politicians that don’t know how to say they screwed up and made WRECKLESS decisions for this country…. AND BY THE WAY THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO KNOW HOW FAR DOWN WE ARE CURRENTLY SINCE WE ‘RE NOT TO THE TOP ANY LONGER.

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  15. Tony Waterman July 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    it is time that the Bridgetown Port, and the Grantley Adams International Airport, be run akin to the New York Port Authority, a Private For PROFIT Corporation, with no Subsidies from the Governments (s) of Barbados. as far as i am Concerned they both should be put out to International Tender, and ONLY the HIGHEST Bidder be Chosen to operate them on RENEWABLE Contracts of 10 years at a time.

    I believe that the Government of the Day, is doing the Right thing in Bringing in the Defence Force to keep the Port Running, as this action by the Union(s) will only harm Barbados and it’s People, as i will incure higher expenses fo Importers if it is allowed to curtail Commercial activities of the Island.

    I Hope that there is a Law in Place vis a vis “No work, No Pay” the Unions(s) should have a Strike Fund, and don’t expect to suck and Blow at the same time, That’s Impossible.

    Millions to be spent on a Port entrance, that is NOT NEEDED at this time like one needs a HOLE in their Head(s)
    And nor their Revenue Stream being cut by the Union(s)
    look out Barbados here comes another Onerous Tax to make up the Shortfall.
    I feel sorry for my Home and Native Land Barbados.

    Will someone/Anyone rid us of these USELESS People.

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  16. Wendell Kirton
    Wendell Kirton July 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I respect the works today stand up for themselves we are the people of Barbados

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  17. Observer July 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I support you brothers and sisters the government wants to bust the union in barbados,stay strong and in solidarity

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  18. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    GOOD

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  19. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen July 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Ya see why some will always have that slaves mentally ?Here is some jack ass saying don’t mind de Union,ya have to stand up to injustices melted out to ya people ,all we have is numbers,we have to stay together,we are a people that are being driven back to slavery .

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  20. joan Worrell July 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    This woman gone and bigfashionally squeezed the toothpaste out of the tube and doesn’t know how to get it back in. How the hell she is going to get the port workers back to work without egg in her face? There is no grievance. Management didn’t tell anyone not to work. It is the unions which told its members to report sick and up de ting.She is being mislead by a rookie who has burned every possible bridge to the employer. Cadres and these unions are going to land Freundel Stuart back in power. Mark my word.

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  21. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith July 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Miguel shut up

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  22. joan Worrell July 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I felt ashamed this morning to hear an old female fish vendor in the Cheapside market say that the union gone to the dogs since a woman take over. This comment evoked great laughter from her peers and customers. When the laughter died down I quietly asked her why she made such a comment and she told me to look across the street and see Transport Board buses still running although the union called for members to report sick. She further remarked ‘That couldn’t happen when my sweet boy Frank Walcott was General Secretary” . I pulled her legs and told her that fish vendors were never unionized . Her response was that she was an employee at Carrington Factory and a union member before it closed .

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  23. Saga Boy July 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Today as predicted was a failure by the unions to mobilize their employees. It speaks to the hypocrisy of the union. Membership is dwindling and they are no longer as effective as they used to be. The employees did not participate because they are of e opinion that it is purely political. Workmates refused to respond to the union today even when delegates told them it was for the bigger good. Persons who participated in strikes and were not paid by the union had no intention of supporting them again. Things have changed and people are fed up with the union. Time of all stake holders to work together for the good of his country.

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  24. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    more taxes come, God air, moon, stars, sun, clouds, tax for feeling de air, looking at de rest

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  25. John Digger Benn
    John Digger Benn July 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    we can’t afford this right now.

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