The Alliance of Owners of Public Transport (AOPT) and the Association of Public Transport Operators (APTO) have strongly denied reports that their joint meeting scheduled for this evening was intended to plot a route for protest action.
In a statement, the two bodies, which represent workers and the owners of public service vehicles, insisted the talks would focus on improving conditions in the sector.
According to AOPT spokesman Ingrid King, “it is not meant to plan any strike action or any other form of protest action at this time.
“It is strictly speaking to assist in improving conditions in the industry. We have already agreed in some meetings what the parameters of those should be and this in pursuant of that strictly,” she said.
The meeting scheduled for 5.00 p.m. at the Dalkeith headquarters of the National Union of Public Workers comes on heels of Friday’s talks with Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley.
Sources told Barbados TODAY, the Minister announced that PSVs would soon be prohibited from using Baxter’s Road as a means out of The City.
One private operator expressed outrage at the proposal, saying it would result in unfair competition since the state-run Transport Board would still be able to traverse along Baxter’s Road from the Cheapside terminal.
The operator said the decision was not likely to find favour with his colleagues.