BIDC ignores NUPW deadline

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) are on course for a major showdown as early as next week.

This possibility exists after the statutory corporation failed to meet a noon deadline, set by the union, for the withdrawal of termination letters given to 13 workers.

NUPW’s acting Assistant General Secretary Wayne Walrond (right) standing with some of the severed BIDC employees.
Some of the severed BIDC employees. NUPW’s acting Assistant General Secretary Wayne Walrond (fourth from right) standing with them.

An NUPW committee dealing with the issue met for just over an hour at union’s Dalkeith Road, St Michael headquarters today to strategize on the way forward after noon went without the required response from BIDC’s management.

Speaking after the meeting, acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith told Barbados TODAY a special meeting of the National Council was summoned for next week to come to an agreement on the union’s next move.

On Wednesday, the union threatened to take the BIDC to court for “unlawfully and unfairly” sending the 13 employees who are over the age of 60 into early retirement. The terminations letters were handed out one day ahead of a scheduled meeting between the BIDC’s management and the union.

Acting Deputy General Secretary Delcia Burke, speaking to disgruntled BIDC workers outside its Pelican House, Princess Alice Highway headquarters, said the BIDC was in breach of the Pensions Act, as well as the Employment Rights legislation.

NUPW President Akanni McDowall said it was unconscionable for the BIDC board to take this action while in negotiations with the union. He accused the board of not taking into consideration the human element of the situation.

6 Responses to BIDC ignores NUPW deadline

  1. Patrick Blackman June 20, 2015 at 12:13 am

    As I have said before, unions have made themselves irrelevant. I remember when Walcot open his mouth we never had tremors, we had an earthquate around here.

  2. dave June 20, 2015 at 2:47 am

    The Union is the members not the Building , the President or the Executive or Secretariat. The age of the charismatic leader is over. People in Barbados, black people need to galvanize lobby and achieve. The relevance of the Union is relative, it is related to the relevance of the people, the workers themselves.

  3. some guy June 20, 2015 at 6:27 am

    The time of inefficiency and “c’dear” is also over. I empathize with the people who have lost their positions, but this isn’t back in the day. Organisations need to be lean and mean in order to survive. Period.

    Nupw was keeping noise about the public sector layoffs as well. We keep ppl in jobs for the sake of keeping them employed. People think the money to pay these salaries dropping from the sky like manna?

    These aren’t entities that are looking to boost shareholder profits or just cut expenses by reducing headcount. BIDC has debts owed to them in excess of 11 million!!

    I put it to you that before it got to layoffs somebody should have gone home for THAT!

    We could be serious?


  4. Tony Webster June 20, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Sadly…threats issued by a rubber-toothed dog…are likley to be ignored. Even snarls showing real , shiny, white-and-sharp teeth, from a real dog…but with a rubber-back-bone…will not cut-it.

    ONE MORE TIME: Our unions, if they are to retain any semblance of effectively representing their members’ interests…have to divorce themselves from all political affiliation(s).

    You cannot… cavort wid de hares…AND frolic wid de hounds.

  5. dave June 20, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Tony ! The Union members must hold the Leaders up to scrutiny. The members have failed –The Union has failed – NUPW has in the region of 10, 000 members and at the Annual General Conference in some years ,there was a struggle to get a quorum. What Bruggadung Johnson said about Bajan workers is true . The females workers seem to be the weak link and they need to come forward in numbers and stop being cowards The males must play their roles too.

  6. dave June 20, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Some guy ! you sound as heartless as the 21 year old in the AME church in Carolina. Everything can be justified with some sort of argument but you know what we are all human beings and we all seek and are entitled to happiness. We are a society, not only an economy. It can not be about bottom line only, people deserve to be treated properly. We are facing decadence with the type of attitude you display here as an example of what some of you people think about other people.


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