Barbadian Airport workers (VIDEO) stage three-hour strike over pay

Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) employees were boiling hot on Friday and are still awaiting monies of wage negotiations held 5 years ago, they took to the sidewalks in full view of arriving and departing tourists.

Akanni MacDowell - President and Roslyn Smith - General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), joined approximately 100 employees in the car park of the airport marching and bearing placards, the workers staged a three-hour protest; as one staff member who is at GAIA for the last ten years stated how management could not even have the decency to hear their concerns and yet expect workers to do menial tasks they'd never dream of handling, like cleaning toilets...

Akanni MacDowell – President and Roslyn Smith – General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), joined approximately 100 employees in the car park of the airport marching and bearing placards, the workers staged a three-hour protest; as one staff member who is at GAIA for the last ten years stated how management could not even have the decency to hear their concerns and yet expect workers to do menial tasks they’d never dream of handling, like cleaning toilets…

The NUPW’s General Secretary said the board admitted the airport has made a profit. However, the same board is now hiding behind a technicality in not fulfilling the balance due employees and awaiting orders from the Minister, Richard Sealy.

NUPW's President clearly indicated the Union is on the warpath, but deliberately avoided stating what the next step will be, as he had no wish to give Management any warning...

NUPW’s President clearly indicated the Union is on the warpath, but deliberately avoided stating what the next step will be, as he had no wish to give Management any warning…

When asked if the Tourism Minister has approached the Union as Richard Sealy claimed he would, the General Secretary expressed dismay this is yet to happen. She said if Management or Richard Sealy had a conscience then they should have not allowed developments to reach this stage…

BajanReporter.com tried directly to contact the same Minister of Tourism┬áboth┬ávia eMail and leaving a Voice Mail message at the official Two Mile Hill offices, however no response has been forthcoming… We will be attending a Breakfast meeting on Monday morning and seeing what comments will be made?

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