An early morning strike by bus drivers has effectively grounded operations at the state-run Transport Board, leaving hundreds of commuters, including school children, stranded.
The unionised workers were gathered at the Board’s Weymouth, St Michael headquarters from 5 a.m.
However, up to an hour later, the majority of buses were still parked up, except for those transporting dialysis patients to hospital for treatment.
Asked to explain the action, Barbados Workers Union shop steward Neville Kirton, who was on site this morning, complained to Barbados TODAY that even though discussions were ongoing at the level of the Labour Department about recent retrenchments, the Board continued to hire workers without advertising the jobs internally or externally.
Board officials are expected to issue a statement later today on the action, which has already resulted in widespread delays and has caused system-wide disruption.