Work to con­tinue at po­lice sta­tion

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

DE­SPITE HIT­TING A SNAG yes­ter­day morn­ing, work at the new Wor­thing/hast­ings Po­lice Sta­tion is mov­ing full steam ahead.

So says ADC Build­ing & Main­te­nance man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Adrian Christie, who spoke to the MID­WEEK NA­TION yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a walk-off by dis­grun­tled work­ers at the Hast­ings, Christ Church site.

The ADC boss ad­mit­ted the project had hit a hump due to some is­sues with su­per­vi­sors on the job, but they had been re­solved.

“The project is be­hind for var­i­ous rea­sons, but this a crit­i­cal project,” Christie said. “We did have to fire a cou­ple fore­men, but we are mov­ing for­ward be­cause we want to get it done as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The $13.2-mil­lion project is due for com­ple­tion in Jan­uary 2018 and is part of a big­ger $76 mil­lion project to con­struct/re­fur­bish five po­lice com­plexes around the is­land.

Ear­lier, sev­eral dis­grun­tled work­ers had told the MID­WEEK NA­TION they were fed up with un­ten­able work­ing con­di­tions and in­ter­mit­tent pay over the last few weeks.

“Some of us would do work and when you get the salary, you find that it does not re­ally fit the amount you are sup­posed to be get­ting,” one worker, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said.

“When you query it to a fore­man, they tell you they would look into it but a fol­low­ing week would come and you still aren’t get­ting the money,” he added.

The work­ers also charged that re­cently sub­con­tracted work­ers had been get­ting more work than they were and also us­ing their ma­te­ri­als. They also com­plained they could not use the tem­po­rary toi­lets on site be­cause a pre­vi­ous fore­man had locked them.

At one point tem­pers flared be­tween work­ers and man­age­ment, prompt­ing po­lice to be called to the scene. Fol­low­ing a brief meet­ing, it was agreed man­age­ment would meet with the work­ers, and later it was ex­plained they had agreed to re­turn to work as some is­sues had been re­solved. ( AD)

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