A female marine pilot who had her license revoked by the Board of Directors of the Grenada Port Authority and relocated from her certified position has been reinstated. This, after fellow workers with the support of their union threatened protest action and called for her reinstatement.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, the young lady who goes by the name of Cindy Samuel was issued with a latter on Tuesday morning confirming her reinstatement to her certified position of work with immediate effect. This we were told came following an emergency meeting involving members of the Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (GTAWU) and the Board of Directors of the Grenada Ports Authority.
Samuel the lone female marine pilot on Island, who was removed from handling large cargo vessels to overlooking goods at the Queens Warehouse, is expected to resume her pilot duties tomorrow Saturday.
Samuel’s removal as a pilot led to the widespread public outcry. In fact, it was viewed by fellow unionized workers as victimization on the part of the Board of Directors of the Grenada Port Authority against a female who took the decision to stand up for what she thought was right. To show their disgust, the workers, last Friday downed tools for one hour as a show of protest and threatened to increase protest action if their request to reinstate the pilot was not met.
On Monday, workers showed up to work wearing red armbands and planned to report to work two hours late on Tuesday in an attempt to press home the seriousness of their action to the Board.
The decision by the Board to reinstate the female pilot was received with open arms by fellow workers and in particular the father of the pilot Terrie Registe who one week ago, gave this paper the firm undertaking that he was prepared to stand behind his daughter irrespective of what it took. Registe told this paper that upon hearing the news of the reinstatement he was so delighted that he decided to give his daughter a special treat. In his view, good sense had prevailed and therefore he took the opportunity to thank all those who stood with his daughter through those difficult times.
Meanwhile, unionized workers on the port dubbed the decision the right one and immediately called off all pending industrial action and now look forward to sitting with the Board of Directors of the Grenada Ports Authority to further discuss outstanding matters.