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There was a sick-out at the Immigration Department in Marsh Harbour on September 17 as employees in the department were upset over air-conditioning in the area having not been repaired for about a year.

Immigration Dept. Stages Sick-Out

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There was a sick-out at the Immigration Department in Marsh Harbour on September 17 as employees in the department were upset over air-conditioning in the area having not been repaired for about a year.

According to one source, the air-conditioning in the Immigration Department has been a problem since the facility opened, always being too warm or too cold. Just over a year ago the problem worsened and fans were bought by the department to make it bearable.

After numerous requests to their head of department and various Ministers of Parliament, Immigration officers felt their demands were falling on deaf ears as nothing has yet taken place to correct the problem.

Receiving no response, the officers decided to stage a sick-out and not show up for work for one day. A source said they received word that someone would be there by the following week, however, to date no one has been there to repair the air-conditioning.

The Abaconian reached out to the National Insurance Board (NIB), who is responsible for the building and its maintenance; however, they have not answered any questions regarding the air-condition problem at the Immigration Department.

While NIB would not identify the company responsible for the maintenance of the facility, we have learned that it is maintained by a company out of Freeport, Grand Bahama.

UPDATE:

At Press Time we were contacted by a representative of the government who said the AC unit is fixed.

The Abaconian was unable to confirm before going to press.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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