Fear for future of LIME employees
General Secretary of the BWU, Sir Roy Trotman, said today the union’s concern relates to him not knowing of any succession plan to honour a series of outstanding industrial relations matters, presided over by former Managing Director, Alex McDonald, and Chief Executive Officer, Gerard Borely.
“The BWU is concerned now that McDonald is no longer there and Borely has gone, regarding what is the position, regarding respect for the rights and interests of the workers at Cable & Wireless,” Sir Roy told a press conference at its Harmony Hall, St. Michael headquarters.
“The public may remember that we have outstanding matters going back many years relating to such issues as job evaluation, as adjustments for some sales persons for outstanding payments agreed by Cable & Wireless, but not paid by the company even after discussions with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart following a meeting way back in February,” the trade union leader recalled.
He said outstanding matters also had to do with an apology which was drafted and approved by the company but then was never delivered to the workers.
“And there are other outstanding issues which relate to a number of matters, some of which are at the Labour Department and some of which we have now referred as well to the National Insurance Office and in some cases, some of which are before the law courts,” he pointed out. “The BWU has not been informed of what succession arrangement, there is, or there will be; and we are waiting to see which of the local standings will be appointed or we are waiting to see whether an attempt will be made to foist on Barbados, some manager who is coming from outside our shores, even while we know that we have the talent onboard in Barbados to deliver the job.” (EJ)