By MARISSA WILLIAMS Tobago Bureau Sunday, July 8 2007
A SALARY dispute involving the crew of the inter-island ferry T&T Express left passengers booked for the 6.30 am sailing stranded at the Scarbor-ough Port for several hours yesterday.
By the time the vessel finally sailed at 11 am, less than half the passengers were on board — several of them had rushed to Crown Point Airport in a desperate bid to get stand-by seats on Tobago Express flights.
Boarding passes had already been issued and torn for the 6.30 am sailing when port management announced that the departure had been delayed until 8 am.
A short while later, passengers were reportedly told that the sailing had been cancelled.
It was later revealed that the crew had taken strike action to protest non-payment of their salaries. After hearing that the sailing had been cancelled, several passengers left the port and headed for the airport or their homes.
However, at about 9 am port officials told those who had remained that the vessel would depart at 11 am. A Port Authority source told Sunday Newsday that a top official had directed the captain and his crew to commence sailing.
Only, only in focking Trinidad!
Only Only under the fockin PNM!
Lord, save meh from these Goons.