Workers at the Barbados Statistical Service have been temporarily shifted one floor above to the sixth floor of the Baobab Towers following the recent return of a pungent stench that has left workers off the job for the last two weeks.
Shop Steward National Union of Public Workers Kimberley Agard told Barbados TODAY that officers have been temporarily relocated for the next two weeks as the office responsible for the island’s statistical affairs is inspected and environmentally cleaned.
“Most workers are happy that they are away from the stench; it is just that yesterday the air was a bit stuffy as it was an unoccupied area of our floor but it seems like persons are settled now,” Agard said.
“They are pleased with [being] temporarily relocated and they look forward to the problem being found and hopefully that should be within two weeks,” she said.
Agard stressed that the relocation would be brief as the sixth floor of the government office building was not ideal, since the statistical office’s operations now straddled two floors.
“This is on the basis that we are up there no longer than two weeks and the problem can be identified and rectified by then because it is not ideal because they are scattered. But, it is not ideal so we do not intend to be there much longer than two weeks but we are there to cooperate and allow the investigations to be carried out. We do not want to be unreasonable,” she said.