Saturday 4 April, 2020

Private sector trying not to take industrial action

Commuters stranded at a bus stop in Warrens, St. Michael.

Commuters stranded at a bus stop in Warrens, St. Michael.

Members of the private sector understand the negative impact of industrial action on Barbados and the economy and are therefore trying not to take that course of action.

Just prior to today’s urgent meeting of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) to be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this morning, the Chairman Charles Herbert told Loop News:

“The private sector is doing its best to avoid industrial action because it is damaging to the economy and the private sector.

“We understand the unions’ frustration and we are in conversation with them, but our stance is to do our best to reduce the effects of any industrial action.”

With many employees upset and worried while stranded at bus stops across the island or as they are stuck at the main Transport Board bus terminals – Oistins, Speightstown, Fairchild Street or  Princess Alice Highway, the Chairman said that employers are not heartless, nor unaware of the industrial action which is occurring today within the public sector.

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He said:

“I think the private sector is certainly aware of what is going on and I’m sure they will react reasonably.”

When asked if he told members to be lenient and understanding of employees who are dependent on the Transport Board system to get to work, Herbert explained that as an association the Barbados Private Sector Association is not in the practice of dictating to its membership or issuing any instructions to its members. He said they are not in the business of doing that.

But he urged, “I think you can expect, I am expecting a reasonable reaction. Can’t expect people to do something they can’t do.”

The sick-out by persons in the public sector began on Wednesday and escalated today, Thursday, July 20, 2017, with more agencies coming on board including the Transport Board in a very impactful way today.

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