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Idle talk

Transport Board workers assembled in the Hugh Springer Auditorium of the Barbados Workers’ Union at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, St Michael.

Thu, September 20, 2012 - 12:10 AM

Bus commuters could be in for more delays today following yesterday’s wildcat strike that disrupted the Barbados Transport Board’s schedules islandwide.

A number of workers were heard expressing dissatisfaction with the Barbados Workers’ Union’s (BWU) “back to work” order yesterday evening, creating doubt that normal service could be guaranteed.

In a statement, the Transport Board made it clear it had no dispute with the BWU and considered the action taken by a group of employees as highly irresponsible.Some drivers and other workers stopped work saying that they were protesting certain working conditions and a supervisor’s handling of a driver’s request for time to get something to eat on Tuesday.

“We have a lot of burning issues pertaining to schedules, gratuity and pensions, but the one that broke the camel’s back was when a worker reported to his supervisor saying he was hungry but when he went to get something to eat, his hours were cut so now he won’t get paid for the day,” a self-proclaimed “agitator” Yvonne Jordan said. (CA)

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Posted by Monica Wilkinson 1 year, 12 months ago
These Transport Board drivers are a law unto themselves, they want to do as they please . I heard one of the drivers telling the Supervisor that he was not going to take the bus to a destination when asked to do so. Don't they have a break within their schedule. If they have to eat before their break then they should walk with a lunch box and stop being so silly. They usually stop the bus during the journey anyway and go in a shop and buy fishcakes and whatever else they feel like eating or doing.

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