The Nation Newspaper | PORT HEATPOLICE WERE CALLED IN at the Bridgetown Port yesterday, after more than 200 taxi drivers there parked their vehicles and refused to work.
From 7:30 yesterday morning tempers flared as the drivers refused to ferry cruise passengers who came in on the Carnival Destiny, Braemar, Holiday Dream and Norwegian Pearl liners.
About 215 out of 225 taxi drivers from the Bridgetown Port Taxi Co-op Society and the Bridgetown Independent Seaport Union Taxi took part in the action.
The bone of contention was the Port's enforcement of security measures to regulate the dispatching of taxis.
The ticketing system was part of a negotiated code of practice to regulate the operations of the 225 port taxis, formulated after three years of talks between the Port, representatives of two taxi associations and a negotiator from the Barbados Workers' Union (BWU)........