Legal action against Government is now on the cards as vendors outside the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School explore their options in the fight to make a living off selling their offerings to students.
Just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, outspoken attorney Douglas Trotman emerged outside the school to speak with the two vendors who have continued to ply their trade despite new restrictions that prevent them from serving students during school hours.
While perusing two documents presented to him by one of the vendors, Trotman gave the assurance that they had his full support.
Although he did not make a public statement about the ongoing impasse, Trotman confirmed that he would be taking up the vendor’s plight and was confident that he had a strong case.
His pledge of support follows the strong stance taken on the previous day by the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs (BARVEN).
On Monday, BARVEN’s president, Allister Alexander, appealed to Prime Minister Mia Mottley to intervene, while threatening “protest of the sort that Barbados has never seen before” if the matter was not settled in favour of the vendors.
“In the unlikely scenario that Government does not resolve this as it should, we will be looking to escalate all the progressive forces to stage protests of the sort that Barbados has never seen before,” Alexander said.
So far there has been no response from Prime Minister Mottley.
The saga, which was championed by protesting students, who claimed frustration over high prices and unsatisfactory options at the school’s canteen, has now dragged on for well over a week.
The situation escalated on Friday when the Ministry of Education, backed the school administration’s decision to ban the purchase of food by students from outside vendors during lunch.
It resulted in police removing the vendors from the school’s perimeter.
Since then, the student protest has ceased and vendors have been forced to do business on the opposite side of the road.