NUPW willing to talk
Union all for resolution if approached first by NCC officials\
One of the unions at the centre of the National Conservation Commission (NCC) dispute says it’s willing to resume direct talks with management of that agency on the layoff issue.
But president of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Walter Maloney, made it clear that this would only be done if the union was first approached by officials at the state agency.
Maloney was responding to questions from Barbados TODAY about the length of time the Employment Rights Tribunal could take to hear the matter, and reports that the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) had been asked by the union’s bargaining committee to reopen direct talks with the commission.
“We have started to engage the tribunal, but I don’t think that we would be too averse if the other side decides, ‘Well, look fellas, let’s sit down so that we could resolve this matter’. I don’t think we’d be too averse . . . . But the overture certainly would have to come from them,” he said.
“People can change their minds, positions can become relaxed over a period of time. Time is a healer; so sometimes after people look back at their positions over time, maybe they might feel that they took an action that might have warranted a different direction.”
The NUPW president was firm, however, that the NCC management must be willing to compromise if they request such negotiation.
“It has to be from a position where both sides are willing to listen to the arguments and then hopefully you can get movement from both sides. But if one side is prepared to go a particular direction and the other side is not prepared to go [that route] then you have no choice but to use the apparatus, which is now the Employment Rights Tribunal,” Maloney said, adding that this could take some time in light of the legal issues involved.
Yesterday, the NUPW put the finishing touches on information requested by the tribunal ahead of hearings.