Here is NEWS that was mailed to my readers on February 16, 1999:-
February 16, 1999 BAJAN NEWS ---------- STRIKES .... and MORE strikes Now that CBC workers have gone back to work.... looks like there is MORE trouble brewing.... the BWU wants management to pay the workers half-salary for the days that they were on strike and behaving "bad" and management says NO.... so you can look for them to walk off the job soon again perhaps. MEANWHILE, workers walked off the job at SAM LORDS CASTLE..... right now the hotel is enjoying 98% occupancy... management has brought in volunteer non-unionised labor.... and says they are coping well and the guests are not suffering.... Management is "surprised" at the action of workers.... they are saying that all monies due will be paid in DUE course !!!!..... however workers are saying that management "severed" 15 of them after 20 years service ...with monies still owing and unpaid AND a certain supervisor who was one of the "hardest" workers was made redundant.... in what looks like victimsation. !!!! Slightly AGED news... (but still has some flavor for some of you) CBC STRIKE UPDATE Lawyers warn picketers that they are on dangerous ground when they obstruct people from entering or leaving the premises.... following an incident on Wednesday, in which 3 picketers were injured in an accident with a car driven by the CBC general manager Melba Smith at the entrance to the compound (Fernella Butcher of the accounts department had to be taken away in an ambulance). Tensions have escalated as the picket which goes on well into the night with loudspeakers blaring may well turn into a war with police... the Attorney-General has warned those on the picket-line that management of CBC MUST be allowed to go about their work unhindered and free from harassment... an increased police presence has been posted to ensure that the Law is obeyed. HEALTH INSPECTORS FIND Culex mosquito larvae..... health inspectors converged on the gully leading to the Holetown lagoon yesterday... the gully contains more than 40 active mosquito breeding sites.... where Culex mosquito (the one that causes elephantisis) have been identified.... access to the gully is difficult and it takes 4 hours to get there on foot... the inspectors are hoping to enlist the aid of the people who live near the gully in assisting in the eradication efforts. I gone.