Prime minister admits to layoff “missteps”
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has admitted that errors were made in the ongoing public sector retrenchment exercise.
The acknowledgment came as he announced plans to refer the National Conservation Commission impasse to the Employment Rights Tribunal.
The prime minister met for almost four hours yesterday with top officials of the National Public Workers Union, the Barbados Workers Union and NCC management.
He later told reporters that based on evidence provided during that meeting, there appeared to be some “procedural missteps” that must be fixed, but the task of correcting them should not fall on the NCC management.
NUPW President Walter Maloney, who attended the talks, is particularly concerned about breaches to the last in, first out policy, which, he said, were acknowledged during the talks.
Both the NUPW and BWU are updating their membership on the results of the meeting this morning.