Transport Board Workers on Strike/Schools Closed

Transport Board Workers on Strike/Schools Closed

Workers at the Transport Board are off the job forcing education officials to close schools today.

The Transport Board staff, who are represented by the Barbados Workers Union, stopped work this morning and the board’s buses are off the road.

The drivers and other staff have gathered outside the gate of the headquarters of the statutory corporation at Weymouth, St. Michael.

Some workers told Starcom Network News they are describing it as a work stoppage which means no prior formal notification was given to management.

They also said they were awaiting the arrival of the former BWU General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman.
They declined to outline the reasons for the stoppage except to say it was over a number of grievances.

Starcom Network News understands however a key issue is acting appointments at the institution.

Minister of Transport Santia Bradshaw is at the Board’s headquarters and along with the General Manager Fabian Wharton are to have talks with the union and staff on the matter.

Chief Education Officer Dr. Ramona Archer Bradshaw has announced that all public schools are closed today due to the work stoppage at the board.

The Ministry advises all candidates who are writing CXC Examinations today that they are required to report to the examination centres to take those Examinations.

The Ministry has further advised that while it expects that some candidates will arrive late due to the stoppage, provision will be made to accommodate those candidates.


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