Update: Stranded commuters as Transport Board workers remain off the job

Strike action this morning by hundreds of Transport Board workers has left management baffled and commuters “mad”.
From as early as 3:30 this morning, approximately 400 drivers and close to 300 other unionized workers walked off the job. All Transport Board buses were off the road except the chartered services and services for the disabled.


“All of the employees that are unionized are on strike,” manager of marketing and corporate communications Linda Holder told Barbados TODAY.
She said officials of the Transport Board are still unaware of the reason behind the “wildcat strike”.
“At this point I have not been given any reason for the strike,” said Holder, when asked about what triggered the action this morning.

When the Barbados TODAY news team visited the Fairchild Street and the Princess Alice bus terminals, they were practically ghost towns, with only a handful of commuters waiting.


One man said he was waiting for a van – which would use the terminal under the Transport Authority Service Integration (TASI) project – to go to Edey Village.
Another commuter said she was “mad” that she could not get to school on time, despite showing up early for the bus.

Scores of school children were also left stranded at bus stops across the island. (MM)

13 Responses to Update: Stranded commuters as Transport Board workers remain off the job

  1. milli watt November 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Imagine the Manager could say she was told by members on the committee and further to that he did not agree ssttuuppsseee this is the low that these divisions have fallen to with divisional members prostituting themselves to management teams across this island. where is the BWU well it is being political shameful

  2. milli watt November 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I bet that the BWU will turn up to rubber stamp that action.

  3. The Gatekeeper November 13, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    A sad state of affairs…thanks to Fundel and his band of crooks.

  4. luther thorne November 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    And why not milli?
    The union executive must and will support the Workers .
    Do you understand that the Workers quite rightfully call the shots.
    Barbados has suffered immensely under DLP Governments over the years. Everything seems to go wrong . Every facet of our existence is negatively affected by their wrong philosophy and flawed approach to running the Country

    • Mark My Word November 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      A Political yard duck sanctioning a wild cat strike
      It’s time to sell Transport board
      Get this colossal monstrosity from off the Taxpayer back
      Transport board not making money to even pay for Diesel Taxpayers money have to keep it running and we can’t get proper service at no time

      Bite the Bullet and Sell Transport Board

      • milli watt November 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm

        @ Mark……….. Paul airing he mout rubber stamping the action. @ luther I bet you don’t know that this BWU exercises a convenience when selecting who to represent and who not to represent in similar situations.

  5. Francis November 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Come on Mark my Word…we cannot privatise the Transport Board. If you did that fares would have to go to $6.
    Nuff said!!

    • hcalndre November 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      @Francis; You know that fares would go up. Would it make sense if the fares to go up $6:00 as you said and have an on time bus service than how it is now? Who ever take over the bus service and the fare has to be increase, a transfer system should be introduced instead instead of paying 2 fares for the continued destination and a time limit to use the transfer.

    • Robert Goren November 13, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      As it stands now, PSV or taxi operators cannot make an autonomous or unilateral decision to increase fares.

      So, how could you conclude bus fare would be increased to $6 if the Transport Board is privatized?

      You people need to THINK before making these wild, silly statements.

      Government does not have to operate the Transport Board for fare to remain at $2.

      If transportation is privatized, bus fare could be regulated

  6. BimJim November 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Wunnuh ent had no problem busin’ the LIAT pilots – so now dis mussee the drivers at fault tuh? Wunnuh too lickrish, doah, allyuh want ebryting you way and nooooobuddy ent gots no feckin rights but you.

    Wunnuh guh long, hear? I listening fuh when you employer does plant two lash in yuh backside and you gine on strike so I can buse you in public too on Barbados Today.

    When yuh right, yuh right.


  7. hcalndre November 13, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I don`t believe Linda Holder when she said she was unaware of the strike. The workers awake this morning and decided to strike if you want to believe her. Strike action is the only language that this government knows and understand.

  8. Alex Alleyne November 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Why can’t we get this same kind of action from the driving public against the POT HOLES. Most of us pay out BDS$450 or more per year in road TAX. Its time for action against the Minister in charge.

  9. milli watt November 13, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    @ Alex now you mention it what about my income tax refund 4 years now and not a cent


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