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NUPW meets with protesting BRA staff

Kendy Graham, [email protected]

NUPW meets with protesting BRA staff

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Acting Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Wayne Walrond, said today the union is “extremely annoyed” with the conditions under which employees of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) continue to work in the Treasury Building.

The trade unionist spoke with Nation News after a meeting with protesting BRA employees outside the Treasury Building in The City.

“We are of the firm view that the principals of the Barbados Revenue Authority have to take the safety and health of these workers seriously and enough is enough. We are getting frustrated. We are getting extremely annoyed that they keep shifting the goalposts . . .,” he said.

“So the NUPW is indicating that workers would be forced to seek whatever measures they can to relieve themselves from this untenable situation,” he said.

Waldron said the union met with the Revenue Commissioner and the Building Officer to be updated on the situation and it did not seem as if a March 31 deadline for workers to be moved to Weymouth Corporate Centre would be met. 

In January, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn told the Daily Nation that work was being undertaken at the BRA’s offices at Weymouth in an effort to accommodate staff of the Treasury Building.

The workers had attributed ongoing respiratory illnesses to conditions in the building. (KG)