• Today
    November 15

  • 05:00 AM

Island constables cry out

CARLOS ATWELL, ​carlosatwell@nationnews.com

Added 17 June 2019


President of the Island Constables Association, Samuel Hackett, wants their concerns addressed by the current adminsitration, as promised. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

ISLAND CONSTABLES say that for too long they have been working under poor conditions of service, and are calling on the current administration to make good on its promises to improve their lot.

“We work for $8 an hour, 40 hours a week. Our last raise of pay was when Sir David Simmons was the Attorney General [prior to 2001], when it moved from $5 an hour,” lamented president of the Island Constables Association, Samuel Hackett.

“Everything has gone up – bus fare, food, utilities – but our salary has not. We work under the police department and when you ask for a job letter to get a loan, they write that you are a temporary worker so you can’t get the loan because there’s no job security.”

Hackett, who contacted the NATION on behalf of the association, pointed to a section on Page 19 of the Barbados Labour Party’s 2018 manifesto, which promised to bring the terms of conditions of special and island constables in line with human resource best practices.

“I can’t say the last day I see a pay slip. We’ve had people forced to drop out of the union because they couldn’t afford the fees. We have island constables who go home with only an old age pension, no gratuity or Government pension. (CA)

Subscribe now to our eNATION edition.

For the latest stories and breaking news updates download the Nationnews apps for iOS and Android.



Dos and Donts

Welcome to our discussion forum here on nationnews.com. We encourage lively debate, but we also urge you to take note of the following:

  • Stay on topic – This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
  • Be respectful – Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.
  • Do not type in capitals – In addition to being considered “shouting” it is also difficult to read.
  • All comments will be moderated – Given the volume of comments each day, this may take some time. So please be patient.
  • We reserve the right to remove comments – Comments that we find to be abusive, spam, libellous, hateful, off-topic or harassing may be removed.
  • Reproduction of comments – Some of your comments may be reproduced on the website or in our daily newspapers. We will use the handle, not your email address.
  • Do not advertise – Please contact our Advertising Department.
  • Contact our Online Editor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Read our full Commenting Policy and Terms of Use.
comments powered by Disqus


Do you think the transaction fees at some banks are too high?