A crippling six-hour strike by drivers employed by the state-run Transport Board has ended to the relief of hundreds of stranded commuters.
The announcement was made just after 11 a.m. by the General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Toni Moore, who informed that Management had agreed to during their one-hour meeting this morning to release a clerical officer, whose recent hiring triggered today’s protest.
The employment of the officer, who is said to be a relative of a top official at the Board, was deemed to be a slap in the face of former employees who were recently sent home and whose retrenchment is still the subject of discussions between the Board and the workers’ bargaining agent at the level of the Labour Department.
Moore said management had however denied the workers’ claims that it had also gone ahead and outsourced chartered services, stating that to date it only reached the stage of accepting applications. Nevertheless Moore insisted that any outsourcing of these services would have been in breach of an earlier agreement reached by the two sides to give preference to recently laid off Transport Board employees to operate the charters.
She called on the workers to return to work to allow for discussions between the union and management to continue.
Today’s strike caused severe disruption, with hundreds of workers and students forced to make alternative travel arrangements this morning.