BWU boss calls on Goddards chairman to step into Precision impasse
The top brass of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has called on the chairman of the Goddard Group of Companies (GGC) Charles Herbert to intervene in the strike by employees of Precision Packaging Inc. located at Lower Estate, St Michael.
BWU General Secretary Toni Moore said in a statement today the union had contacted the chairman of the grouping – the parent company of Precision Packaging – in an effort to “moderate” the industrial action, which the Executive Council of the Barbados Workers’ Union was currently taking against it.
“This work stoppage became necessary when the company’s lead negotiators decided to vary critical safety conditions for workers working late at night and insisted that the standard practice of prior dialogue would not be fully engaged,” Moore explained.
The General Secretary said the union’s executive council had endorsed the strike, making it clear that the BWU would not sit idly by and permit any employer to endeavour to play games with the rights of workers.
Moore also warned that the union would not accept any company unilaterally worsening the conditions of employees by its decisions and then have those actions discussed after implementation.
“The BWU hopes that the chairman of Goddard Enterprises Limited may, through his intervention, help to restore labour management relations between the company and the union to the dignified level that was previously enjoyed,” the statement added.
The workers walked off the job four days ago demanding that Precision Packaging amend its transportation policy for staff who would now have to work on a new night shift system that ends at 11 o’clock, instead of 10 p.m.
Yesterday, Divisional General Manager for Manufacturing and Services at Goddard Enterprises John Taylor told Barbados TODAY the company had introduced the new system because the old one was not in keeping with existing legislation and normal practice for businesses with shift systems.
Taylor also admitted that the work stoppage was hurting the manufacturing business and said he hoped for a quick resolution.
The parties are scheduled to meet at the Labour Department again on Monday to try to achieve a settlement.