Environmental bug hits the Treasury and Archives Department

Environmental issues at two Government buildings resulted in workers walking off the job today and the early closure of the departments.

This morning workers in the Accountant General’s office, which is housed the Treasury Building in Bridgetown, hastily abandoned their stations and congregated on the outside of the building on account of a pungent odour.

Later in the day workers at the Archives Department in St James also vacated their offices, complaining of a toxic smell. Barbados TODAY understands that this was the fourth time that the chemical odour, which has not been linked to any substances used in the day-to-day operations of the Government department, has been pervasive.

The Treasury Building in Bridgetown.

In both instances, the National Union Public Workers (NUPW) was called in.

However, at the end of the day, the union’s Assistant General Secretary Wayne Waldron told Barbados TODAY that while he had been given assurances by management that both issues would be addressed, he was still not satisfied with the lack of guaranteed timelines.

“In the case of the Accountant General’s office it was not simply a case of a walkout. We were made aware that there was environmental issue at that office in the form of an unpleasant odour to the extent that it caused great discomfort to staff and made it untenable to remain at their workstation. The union was called in and we went and spoke to the management and we were made aware that certain action was being taken to rectify it but they gave us no indication how soon they would be able to put this plan of action into issue. So all we can do is continue to monitor the situation,” he said.

“With regards to the issue at the Archives we also spoke to management and they also told us that they would trying various things to fix the problem but they also have not given a definitive timeline about anything,” he added.

However, the NUPW official also warned that he could not guarantee in either case that workers would remain at their stations if the problems were not rectified by tomorrow.

“They will report for duty but if the problems persist I cannot guarantee that that they would remain at their desk. These are not good conditions for anyone to work under. The Labour Department has also been notified and we hoping that this is resolved soon,” Waldron stressed.

7 Responses to Environmental bug hits the Treasury and Archives Department

  1. John Everatt January 10, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Build them a brand new building, move theminto that and let the old building rot till it falls down. Heck, you did that for the BWA, the courts and are doing it for immigration as well as numerous other government departments. Why not just continue doing that until the country is flat broke?

    • Samuel Clemens January 10, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Sadly the country is already flat broke

  2. Ossie moore January 10, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Could the Earthquake have anything to do with this? Just stepping pon de wire!

  3. Belfast January 10, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Under this government, the whole of Barbados , not just the South Coast, is really smelling S****

  4. Sheron Inniss January 10, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    This has been an ongoing problem for too long. The thing is there are green products such as vinegar that easily takes care of mildew. The chemical based products need banning. I stopped using all except bleach which I use in a very minimalistic manner.

  5. Pat Clarke January 10, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    We really need people with common sense running this country. It does not take a genius to know that you have to maintain anything if you want to preserve it and have it in good working order for as long as possible. Government would build a building, would not maintain it and as soon as it gets to the point where it is uninhabitable they build another one next to it or a little distance away, depending on where land is available, and leave the existing building to fall down. This leaves Barbados with a lot of old dilapidated buildings just sitting there as an eye sore. Wouldn’t it make more sense to maintain buildings than to let them run to ruin and then have to spend millions to replace them.

    • Belfast January 11, 2018 at 12:04 am

      Not only buildings but roads and equipment as well.
      But why can’t the government put up these abandoned buildings for sale? The old St Joseph Post Office, a very strong structure has been decommissioned some 10 years and is lying there to rot. The same goes for the old BWA building.
      Bajan taxpayers are unfortunate mugs, in the eyes of the politicians.


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