Minister intervenes to prevent strike escalation
Another attempt will be made today to avert a possible escalation to the now five-day-old sugar strike.
Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is due to step in to mediate the dispute between the Barbados Workers Union and the Barbados Agricultural Management Corporation.
However, the BWU is threatening to call out other workers in support of the Portvale employees, unless management apologises.
Sir Roy was speaking after talks broke down at the weekend at the level of the chief labour officer Vincent Burnett.
Today’s meeting begins at 3:30 pm.
Meantime, the BAMC has broken its silence on the matter.
In a press statement, the corporation said the BWU was informed of its plan to send home workers more than 10 months ago when it gave notice of its intention to cease operations at the Andrews Factory.
Management said several rounds of discussions were subsequently held with the union hierarchy on how the 51 employees retained at that factory would be transferred to Portvale.
However, the company said it did not receive a response from the BWU on its selection matrix and opted to move ahead with the process of redundancies.
The corporation insists that it has complied with the statutory notice period, and other legal obligations.