Industrial action halts work at the Labour Department

Labour Department workers have downed tools and are demanding a meeting with their permanent secretary.

Earlier this morning, the disgruntled staff picketed the PS’s office, and they threatened to take their protest to the streets if the official, does not hold talks.

The employees have accused the PS of being disrespectful and dictatorial, as well as taking actions that frustrate the registry staff in the Administration Department.

They’re also complaining about what they say are unsanitary working conditions.

These include dusty, smelly and hot rooms as well as no water to flush toilets, some of which are broken.

The industrial action comes a week after Labour Minister Steadroy Cutie Benjamin met with the permanent secretary to discuss the management of the office.

This is the second time this year that the Labour Department staff have walked off the job over the working conditions.

In January, the authorities averted a second day of industrial action by bringing in a janitor to clean the offices.