Unionised workers at both the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) and the Bridgetown Port are off the job.
This could spell bad news for travellers today as one of affected areas is said to be the air traffic control tower at the GAIA, which controls all flights entering and leaving the country. However, the airport currently remains open and so far there have been no reports of flight cancellations, even though officials of regional airline LIAT, which stood to be most affected by this morning’s action, were said to be assessing the situation.
Port officials have however deemed today’s action as a major setback in terms of its cargo operations.
The protest has been taken in solidarity with striking Barbados Water Authority (BWA) employees, who have been off the job for nearly a week now.
Just yesterday Barbados Workers Union (BWU) General Secretary Toni Moore warned of stepped up protests in the BWU’s quest to get the BWA to honour payment of outstanding increments of $33 million, due over the past 10 years.
However, the BWA has been contending that the matter is “very complex”, while warning that a workers’ strike is not in the national interest at this time.
In recent months, the BWA has been grappling with water outages in several parishes and other woes.