SVG’s bus operators mobilizing for a strike?

Burton Williams, Junior Bacchus & Herman Preddie

Reports reaching Vinci Kalaloo indicate that bus owners and operators in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are mobilizing support for a general strike. A call has been made for some action to press the authorities to address some long-standing issues.

According to reports, scores of bus owners and operators met at the Arnos Vale Sporting Complex on Sunday February 27, 2011 to begin the process of mobilization. The irate owners and operators took the opportunity to vent a multiplicity of concerns. Among the matters they reportedly addressed included:

  1. The dormancy of the National Omnibus Association (NOBA)
  2. The need for an increase in fares for certain routes
  3. Police harassment
  4. The escalating costs of fuel, parts, licence and insurance
  5. Lack of security on the roads particularly at night
  6. The dilapidated state of the Kingstown Bus Terminal
  7. Congestion at the bus terminal

Vinci Kallaloo understands, members of the NOBA’s executive including president Herman Preddie were in attendance.  Also in attendance were past presidents Burton Williams, and Junior Bacchus.  Although the meeting was called by one Anthony Code Red Bacchus, it was in fact conducted under the auspices of NOBA.  Members of the former executive including the president voluntarily relinquished their positions and an interim committee was established to conduct the affairs of NOBA.

Mini bus operators have been encouraged to come out on March 03, 2011 to press for their demands in solidarity with Kill the Bills Movement being spearheaded by the NDP.  It is reported that several members have been clamouring for a strike.  However they have been advised to give the authorities some time to address the myriad of issues they have raised in the past.  But will they heed the call for restraint?

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by kayla on May 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    is there any history of problem within NOBA ?…if so …what exactly was the problem?…and how did it get solved….thank you 🙂

    Reply

  2. Posted by progressive woman on February 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Junior Bacchus wants to rent a crowd or what? Leave the bus drivers to do their thing Junior. You are an instigator. Dont you think they are capable enough?

    Reply

    • Posted by aubrey burgin on February 28, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Finally the minibus operators/owners/drivers seem to be coming together and moving to a revival of NOBA. I only hope that things are put in their true perspective and the real issues are dealt with as regards the provision of a good service in the interest ofthe travelling public and all those involved.

      Reply

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