Port freighters con­cerned

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

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)

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