Strike action looming at SSA

Aggrieved workers of the state-owned Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) are scheduled to meet with their union tomorrow morning amid the threat of industrial action.

The 6.30 a.m. meeting of all SSA workers has been called by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), bargaining agent for the garbage collection workers, to thrash out three main issues; namely the suspension of supervisor Michael Stuart from the SSA for over a year, outstanding SSA appointments and their yet-to-be approved collective bargaining agreement with Government.

“It is up to the workers to decide what action they would like to take. As a union we would have to follow the direction of the membership. So if they request us to take industrial action in relation to the matter . . . because they are frustrated . . . we would have to take direction from the SSA membership,” NUPW President Akanni McDowall told Barbados TODAY this evening, adding that any protest action would have to be sanctioned by the NUPW’s National Council.

On the issue of Stuart’s suspension, the union is claiming that the worker was “wrongfully suspended” and is demanding his immediate reinstatement.

The union is also demanding the appointment of SSA workers who have been acting in their positions for more than eight years. In this regard, McDowall said a list of names had already been submitted to management, which was supposed to refer them to the board and come back to the union.

However, the NUPW president complained that “to this day, there has been no word from the management on the appointments”.

After completing negotiations on a new collective agreement between late August and early September, he also said the union was still awaiting the final signoff by Government “so that we can confirm the agreed terms and conditions of the SSA workers”.

12 Responses to Strike action looming at SSA

  1. luther thorne November 27, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    It is sad that everytime the workers are to get what is their due they have to be fighting. The Authorities seem to be worst than the slave masters. Yuh mean no time at all they cannot treat the people them 2 with Love and caring. Why an initiative can’t come from the employer that demonstrates respect for the people working. Wuh only Slaves does get treat so Waged slaves getting treat even ‘more bad’
    Why people got to beg and make noise for things that they should get freely. Yuh mean work must be place of contention. The employer needs to treat the employees bettet though.. Then you will people like the CBC moderators talking nonsense and defending Foolishness by this DLP Goverment. If the Party in Power change tomorrow , they will be singing a different tune. Barbados needs a dose of

  2. hcalndre November 28, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Luther; that`s what I mean when I say that they are yard fowls and lizards, the lizards are the ones who changes (position/color)depending on who is in power.

  3. Sherlock Holmes. November 28, 2017 at 6:23 am

    The NUPW head clown to borrow a phrase from the Trumpster is back at it again.

  4. Alex Alleyne November 28, 2017 at 6:28 am

    If a new government is put in office after next election, can’t wait to see what these UNION leaders going to say when the workers say “let’s strike”.
    Where on the political fence do you stand ???????.

  5. Saga Boy November 28, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Every Christmas and every kadooment season the same old threats. There is a process of appeals. Go through the process before the strike talk.

  6. archy perch November 28, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Like crabs the so-called union leaders know that the CROOKED Barbados Labour Party is a sure ticket to the millionaires club once in power. Ask Noel; Gline; Dale et al. Owen now the outcast. Google the crooked BLP historic successes for yourself,there is plenty to go through.

  7. luther thorne November 28, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Chew on this
    The DLP has failed miserably .
    The Sewage flowing onto the Road on the South Coast sums up the tenure of the DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY – 2008- 2017.

    Enuff Said.I want Elections called Now

    2018 should start with a New Government


  8. Ossie Moore November 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Since they are so many commentators commenting today , I’ll take the time to go off on a tangent here for while to discuss this issue .

    Now this is why the little piece of 2 x 4 salt rock , banana republic , flying fish mentality jungle of “buh”bados better known of Barbados is such a “cursed ” piece of land. . . . . and will never get any better.

    Below is how the bajan media and Police force describes black Barbadians.

    Are they describing the looks of the bajan politicians , bajan media and the Police force ? If this is the case then :

    All of the staff members of the B L A C K bajan media and the B L A C K police dept , and black bajan politicians have :

    (1) broad , round faces
    (2) thick lips
    (3) big noses, etc etc.
    (4) full eyes
    (5) thick lips
    (6) full breasted
    (7) large round heads
    (8) large foreheads

    which then put black Barbadians into the category of being , monkeys, apes , gorillas and orangutans.

    Black bajans will spit fire from their mouths and curse God and the switchboard at ” brass tacks ” will light up if a white person calls them a N***er , but here they all are calling each other wild animals

    If you scroll through the headlines of the today online edition of this paper , you’ll have an idea of exactly what I am talking about.

    To all of the “white tourists ” around the world . . .welcome to “buh”bados the ” land of morons ” where the black people call themselves monkeys, apes , gorillas and orangutans.

    • Belfast November 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      I would hate to read their descriptions if some of our politicians had to go missing.

  9. milli watt November 28, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I would like to buy the SSA for a dollar.

  10. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas November 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I thought that the board did get chase away..those twelve persons do not have any shame.the old board at St Leonard and the Minister did not see eye to eye on a matter a all resigned

  11. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas November 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    We need Patrick King help


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