Port Authority retrenchment?
Opposition MP Edmund Hinkson is claiming that an estimated 100 workers at the Port Authority will be laid off.
The St James North representative said the management of the port had already notified the Barbados Workers Union of its intention and the two parties were due to begin negotiations.
“One issue that I have not seen highlighted in the Press yet. On the 16th of April, the chief executive officer of the Port Authority wrote to [BWU General Secretary] Sir Roy Trotman, giving him notice that the Port Authority plans to lay off 100. . . out of the 392 workers, 25 per cent of the port are proposed to lose their jobs,” Hinkson said at a press briefing yesterday.
“Under the Employment Rights Act, notice was given to the main union of the workers of the port and they were to enter negotiations on how best this [retrenchment] could be done.”
Hinkson, who co-hosted the briefing with Senator Wilfred Abrahams in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, said despite news that workers would be sent home, many of those already on the breadline were yet to be compensated.
“We have the situation where after months now the 47 per cent of the National Housing Corporation [workers] that have gone home – that is the amount by which National Housing Corporation staff were cut – they haven’t received their severance pay or employment rights benefits as yet . . . the Transport Board workers, the 250-odd or so, they haven’t received theirs yet either,” he said.