Sir Roy: NHC layoffs ‘dastardly’

Sir Roy
Sir Roy Trotman

Callous and dastardly.

That’s how General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, is describing the manner in which up to 300 workers at the National Housing Corporation were laid off on Friday.

Stating that there is no defense for such “uncouth behaviour”, the trade unionist charged that the NHC management violated the Social Partnership protocol.

He was speaking at the union’s half yearly review conference at Solidarity House earlier today.

A section of those attending the BWU's half yearly review conference at Solidarity House earlier today.
A section of those attending the BWU’s half yearly review conference at Solidarity House earlier today.

Sir Roy said the NHC management contacted the union at 4:30 pm last week Wednesday informing officials of a meeting at 10 am the following day to discuss layoffs.

The BWU general secretary said he informed the corporation management that union officials would attend the meeting but could not properly discuss the retrenchment in light of the short notice.

The employees were dismissed soon after.

“The people responsible for that kind of behaviour must know that what goes around comes around and whoever is responsible for it…’you’re going to come my way”, so I’m not cussing anybody. You want to be uncouth, be uncouth but remember your day will come,” he said.

“I don’t like ugly and that really is the ugliest picture I can think about in labour management relations anywhere and at any time, but particularly in a country which boasts of wanting to follow a social partnership protocol when a partner is going to decide which days he’s going to take off the phone from off the hook or which day he’s not going to answer correspondence. That is an unsocial partnership.”

Sir Roy said too that the BWU has no intention of taking to the streets to protest the layoffs.

6 Responses to Sir Roy: NHC layoffs ‘dastardly’

  1. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie February 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    March up and down like last time

  2. Paul Tempro
    Paul Tempro February 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    The General Secretaries of both major Unions in Barbados are jumping ship.

    With the lay-offs, retrenchments and termination of workers the revenue of the Unions will be affected

    Less revenue would mean an adjustment of salaries for 2015

    Well happy retirement guys, you all cashing out before their is nothing to cash in…

  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    They’re, jumping ship before it fully ran aground, don’t want to be on board for the he impact.

  4. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott February 2, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    So wheres your responsibility in all this?

  5. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua February 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    You could really HUSH…FRAUD….you soon leaving and in all the years you have been aint do a single thing for one worker..if those workers had an sense there would have set up a standing order at their banks or credit unions and have those union dues money put into an account..I am sure that many of them would have been going home still knowing there was something on an account somewhere……..stupess…..looka go home do..and live BIG off the bajans you cheated….

  6. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria February 3, 2014 at 12:39 am

    old goat….He want spraying wid Baygon. He is to the union what Sinckler is to Barbados ecomony; so wanna unnerstand…..


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