Barbados Airport Reopened Following Strike Action By Air Traffic Controllers

Following the settlement of a strike action by air traffic controllers, regular operations at the Grantley Adams International Airport has been resumed. Just after 1 p.m., Barbados’ lone airport reopened subsequently to a seven hour strike by workers acting in solidarity with Barbados Water Authority (BWA) employees. The staff who had been on strike for a week were demanding BDS$33 million (US$16.5 million) in increments overdue from as far back as 2006. The BWA workers also received support from employees at the island’s sea port near Asheville.

Emerging around 7:30 p.m. from a six-hour meeting at Government headquarters, chaired by Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo and attended by BWA top officials and the minister responsible for the Authority, Dr. David Estwick, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) reported that an agreement on payment had been reached.

“We have reached an agreement which we are sure will satisfy our constituents,” the BWU general secretary, Toni Moore, said. “Increments will be honoured, as the union had requested and as was agreed by the parties previously, and we have made some concession as we indicated too, that would be necessary.”

The media was not supplied other details regarding the meeting. Prior to the deal being struck, flights were taking off and landing at the airport, as the air traffic controllers continued their jobs while the BWA and BWU held talks. Up to that point, hundreds of travelers had been left in limbo as a dozen flights were cancelled and many more delayed. While the departure hall was packed with frustrated and concerned passengers, the arrivals hall was deserted. You can buy used trucks at used freightliner trucks phoenix az for an affordable price.

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