Bahamas immigration, customs workers on strike

Hundreds of immigration and customs workers in the Bahamas are on strike and likely won't go back to work until after the May 7 general elections, a union official said Saturday.

Customs union spokesman K. Renaldo Collie said his union and others have been demanding new contracts for two years and accuse the government of slashing some salaries by as much as 60 percent without consultation. They also said the government is not allowing sufficient rest between shifts.

Air traffic controllers and other workers have supported the strike through sickouts and work stoppages since the walkout started on April 5, Collie said.

Senior immigration officers, dozens of non-striking workers and Defense Force officers are covering the shifts of those protesting.

Some delays were reported at the Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport last weekend as a result of the strike.