Union body, private sector call for refocused Social Partnership
The umbrella body for trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) have issued a joint statement, recommending a more focused approach to the Social Partnership.
The suggestion by the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations (CTUSAB) and the BPSA follows much criticism of the arrangement, particularly its effectiveness during the public sector retrenchment exercise.
In the communique issued in the wake of last week’s meeting, which discussed the economic challenges facing the economy, CTUSAB President Cedric Murrell and Chairman of the BPSA Alex McDonald insist that the Social Partnership model can work for Barbados once it is refocused.
“CTUSAB and the BPSA as members of the Social Partnership of Barbados have reaffirmed their commitment to continued collaboration with a view of identifying initiatives and strategies that could lead to enhanced productivity and efficiency in Barbados, and to ensuring the island’s competitiveness,” the statement said.
“The bodies have accepted that this approach will redound to furtherance of the work of the Social Partnership, as it is anticipated that the discussions at that level will move beyond industrial relations issues to that of governance. Therefore, there is the expectation that this would help to develop a strategic focus of national priorities, targets to be set, the identification of key performance indicators leading to enhance productivity and efficiency, and to the development of culture of ready implementation.”
The associations are also giving their full backing to the suggestion that the country transition to a 24-hour business culture, and establish a measurement unit to help improve business in the country.