PM still seeking settlement

Two sides meeting with Prime Minister Stuart tonight.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was tonight still attempting to stave off an island-wide shut down by the Barbados Workers Union.

At the time of writing, the Prime Minister was chairing more than four hours of talks at Government Headquarters involving delegations from the BWU and telecommunications giant LIME.

His intervention came about when Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo asked him to mediate after a breakdown in negotiations between the two sides over LIME’s termination of 97 employees while discussions on the same issue were still ongoing.

When Stuart held a briefing meeting earlier this week with the disputing parties, he was optimistic that a settlement would reached at tonight’s meeting.

The Government leader had strongly criticised the company for what he called its high-handed decision to issue the letters of termination in the midst of the negotiations.

Out of that meeting with the Prime Minister, LIME formally apologised to the labour minister for disrespecting the industrial relations process while the union agreed to suspend its planned national strike.

It is also uncertain whether the laid off workers have accepted their severance. (EJ)

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