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LIME’s letter of apology sent to PM

That draft letter of apology which telecommunications giant LIME has agreed to issue to the Barbados Workers Union, the 97 employees sent home from the company and to the people of Barbados, is now before Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart.

It was at a meeting attended by LIME and the BWU and chaired by Stuart, that the company had agreed to formally apologise for unflattering comments made about the workers’ customer service and for breaching the industrial relations process when it terminated them while discussions were ongoing on the same issue.

The union said today it was now awaiting word from the Prime Minister on when he’ll meet again with the two parties at which time the final contents of the letter are expected to be hammered out.

LIME had earlier officially apologised to Minister of Labour Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo for disrespecting the same process, while the issue of the dismissed workers was being chaired by her at the Labour Department.

A subsequent meeting of LIME and the union, which Byer-Suckoo chaired, however, broke down; and after efforts by her to bring them back together failed, the minister asked the Prime Minister to intervene.

The mediation of Stuart has since then, succeeded in staving off a threatened island-wide shut down, also resulting in the current agreement by LIME to say sorry for breaching the collective agreement process. (EJ)†

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