NUPW embarks on ‘limited’ national shutdown

On Day 1 of a national shutdown ordered by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) reports are that operations at several Government departments have been affected.

While it is still too early to fully assess the impact of the action, when Barbados TODAY visited the Bridgetown Port this morning truck drivers there reported that operations got off to an unusually late start.

Workers were also in and out of various Government departments in the City, with some state-run secondary schools, including Combermere, forced to close early, due to the unavailability of teaching staff.

However, Transport Board buses were still running and the Grantley Adams International Airport remained open, even though union sources indicated that the action was likely to be significantly ramped up tomorrow to include workers at the country’s air and sea ports.

Just yesterday Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo made it clear that the union’s action could not force Government to pay a salary increase that it simply could not afford.

The NUPW is demanding a 23 per cent pay hike for its workers ,as well as a lump sum coping subsidy of $60 million.


19 Responses to NUPW embarks on ‘limited’ national shutdown

  1. RDB January 18, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Public workers are human too. Enough is enough!!

  2. Roverp January 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    NUPW needs a PR specialist as they sometimes lose the PR battle.

    • O. Walrond January 18, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Was thinking the same thing. I don’t know how well the Gen. Sec. does her job, but you need the patience of Job to listen to what she says from beginning to end: one word today and the following one next week.

  3. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor January 18, 2018 at 1:54 pm


  4. Alex Alleyne January 18, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Now I have a day off where I can go “hold some drinks and laugh” while them walking up and down in the sweltering heat/hot sun.

  5. Carson C. Cadogan January 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Waste of time.

  6. Christopher Smith January 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    No one on this plànet can expect 23 % pay increases. Try the annual inflation rate.

  7. Jonathan Nurse
    Jonathan Nurse January 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! Now this is 2018 and Barbados’ current political parties and new political parties are ready for the general election in Barbados. This is unacceptable and downright nonsense. The people in Barbados who were working hard are now giving two days of the national shutdown. Come on, NUPW & BWU, don’t let it happen again next time until the general elections come around.

  8. Saga Boy January 18, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    What’s the matter Ms.Smith? You don’t look very happy.

  9. milli watt January 18, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I find there was no difference in service today…………maybe these clowns could consider being on strike more often.

  10. Harry January 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    saga boy when she happy or sad how does one tell the difference?

  11. Haskell Murray January 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    The union should not have waited 10 years to strike , they should have struck 9 years ago, working without a pay increase for 10 years is ridiculous especially when the ministers and the other politicians got their pay increases

  12. Derek January 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    A pay increase will force a devaluation of the Barbados Dollar. NUPW is going to ruin the country and hurt the workers more

    • MARIA Holder January 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm

      Really? Is that how devaluation works?

  13. De duke January 18, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Thank god…somebody with common sense..well said derek…b or d …will be in the same situation

  14. sticks and stones January 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    NUPW cannot even afford to pay their staff, then pray tell how is the NUPW going to pay the striking workers

  15. Job January 18, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    But wait. Are these diehard supporters really serious.? No salary increases for circa 10 years and civil servants must continue to work as usual even though the cost of living has skyrocketed over the same period? And the moral is ‘ be grateful that you still have a job’? I wonder what they would say if the private sector did likewise?

  16. sticks and stones January 18, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Job doesnt 49 million sounds like money to you?

  17. Saga Boy January 18, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Job tell us what is happening in the private sector. Over the last 25 years how often have persons earning minimum wages received an increase? Tell me which private sector company you know of would pay an increase if they were not making any?


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