Weekly paid workers at the state-run Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) today summoned their bargaining agent, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), to intercede on their behalf for their wages.
NUPW Acting General Secretary Delcia Burke told Barbados TODAY the employees complained that management told them the SSA simply did not have any money to pay them.
There was little information on the situation, including the number of workers who were not paid and how much was involved.
Burke said the union was investigating the matter, and efforts to reach Acting General Manager Roslyn Knight were unsuccessful up to the time of publication.
However, the waste collection agency has had a history of financial problems, resulting in frequent garbage pile ups due to a shortage of working trucks.
Even after reaching a deal with private waste haulers in October 2016 to provide support, the SSA found itself in a payment row with the truckers, resulting in at least one trucker saying he was pulling out because he had not been paid for several months.
Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe had assured last December that the Ministry of Finance was making resources available to address some of the fundamental needs of the statutory agency.