Another round of layoff talks in progress

Another effort was under way tonight to resolve the impasse between the National Conservation Commission (NCC) and unions over the layoff of about 200 workers.

Talks focused on reviewing the list of retrenched employees broke down yesterday and Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo brought the parties – the NCC management and representatives of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) – again this evening for another round  of talks.

Those discussions caused a premature adjournment of another negotiation – that involving the BWU and the Transport Board over the state-run entity’s restructuring and subsequent recent retrenchment of more than 180 employees.

The meeting, which was being held under the chairmanship of Chief Labour Officer Vincent Burnett broke off earlier than planned, to accommodate resumption in the other talks.

The discussions between the BWU and the Transport Board are aimed at ensuring the industrial relations and restructuring processes did not disadvantage the workers unnecessarily and that they received the benefits to which they were entitled.

Marketing and corporate communications manager of the board, Linda Holder, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that they now had to await word from the Chief Labour Officer on a new date for a continuation of talks.


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