Barbados Steps To Protect Workers’ Health Lauded

Santia Bradshaw

Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and the Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, visited a number of supermarkets and Republic Bank at Wildey today. They both offered the following brief remarks at the final stop at Popular Supermarket at Kendall Hill. (PMO)

Perspex partitions, which now separate supermarket workers, particularly cashiers, from immediate contact with customers, came in for high praise today by Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan.

The Minister, who accompanied Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw on a tour of some supermarkets and banks, added his praise to that offered by the Acting Prime Minister, in respect of the efforts by management of these establishments to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

While also commending Barbadians for their approach to shopping in the COVID-19 environment, Minister Jordan said: “I think we’ve seen as she’s (Acting Prime Minister Bradshaw) indicated, the distancing. People are respecting it generally speaking, and I think that is to be commended. What I really want to speak to is the provision being put in place that we’ve seen for workers to keep them safe, even as they work to provide for Barbadians.”

Noting that in the tourism industry these partitions were regarded as “sneeze guards”, he stressed: “We’ve seen separations between customers and the cashier behind them; and that kind of innovation that speaks to a care, a concern for the workers who are on the front line is really commendable.”

Mr. Jordan, whose Ministry is mandated to deal with health and safety issues in workplaces, said some supermarket management had indicated their understanding of their responsibility to staff.

“They also understand that if there is a challenge with their staff, then the supply of the necessities to Barbadians would also be compromised.