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CTUSAB questions BL&P manpower


CTUSAB questions BL&P manpower
This was the scene outside Fairfield Pottery yesterday after a tree and wires were downed following the passing of Hurricane Elsa two Fridays ago. (Picture by Reco Moore.

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Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) president Edwin O’Neal is questioning Emera Caribbean’s ability to service Barbadians with electricity.

His comments come against the background of the Barbados Light & Power still restoring service to some customers following the passage of Hurricane Elsa on July 2. Emera owns BL& P.

“Barbadians, based on the comments we have been getting, are not satisfied with the pace of recovery in the electrical sector. Our position has been that the population of Barbados has been suffering as a result of the inefficiencies or slowness in restoring the power. There have been significant losses by ordinary Barbadians because they have not had access to electricity. Are we so unreasonable to ask the question, why are we in the state that we are in since the takeover of BL& P by Emera Caribbean?” O’Neal asked during a media conference yesterday.

Job losses

O’Neal said that nobody could ever be so presumptuous as to say we can expect or cover all eventualities for a coming hurricane. But he wondered whether the job losses at the company contributed to a lack of manpower to service and carry out maintenance before the onset of the hurricane. (RA)


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