Saturday 29 February, 2020

SSA workers to be paid overtime for holidays

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

Following a meeting with the Minister of Labour and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), an agreement has been reached for interim overtime pay for employees of the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA).  

The groups met last week to address the matter of garbage collection during the Christmas period, specifically on the weekends. 

Minister Colin Jordan acknowledged that overtime pay is not something that is sustainable in the medium or long-term for the SSA as it is operating with one third of its fleet and its full staff complement. 

“This is a holiday period and we are conscious that Barbadians, as they go about their cleaning and preparations for Christmas, will need to be comfortable that their garbage will be collected and there will be no public health risks.

The NUPW and the SSA are also cognizant of the influx of visitors over the Christmas period and, like good hosts, wish to have our country clean for us and for our guests.” 

They were able to come to a mutual agreement for overtime pay for collections on the weekends of December 22-23, December 29-30, and January 5-6. 

The SSA and the union have agreed to meet on January 3, 2019 to discuss the matter further. 

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