Port freighters concerned
FREIGHTERS AT THE Barbados Port Inc. are at their wits’ end over slow service.
For the second successive day, they called the NATION incensed about the inability to get goods cleared.
“People sitting down all day on a forklift and getting paid,” one freighter said yesterday.
He said there was concern about productivity and the state of the Barbados economy, but nothing was being done about the slow pace in Shed 4. Workers started at 11 a.m., but he claimed they were on “go slow”.
According to the man, there was reportedly an issue with mould in Shed 4.
When contacted, general manager David Jean Marie said there were no issues at the facility.
However, one customs broker told the MIDWEEK NATION there was an environmental issue with the roof of the customs section which covered most of the area where the officers who processed cargo would sit.
On Monday, another irate freighter called to complain about poor service.
“These people down here so ridiculous . . . . The minister or somebody needs to come down here and sort it out. It cannot continue,” he said.
Repeated attempts to reach general secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union, Toni Moore, over the last two days were futile. Yesterday, deputy general secretary Dwaine Paul said he had only just returned and would have to look into the issue. ( AD)