CTUSAB throws support behind NUPW
The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) has thrown its full support behind Monday’s proposed strike action by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).
In a statement released by the union’s General Secretary Dennis DePeiza today, it read “the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) is in solidarity with its member unit the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), in its pursuit of representation of the interest of the thirteen workers over the age of 60 who have been retired by the BIDC with effect from September 30 2015.”
While contending that the attainment of the age of 60 should not be the basis for the termination of one’s employment, CTUSAB said the actions of the BIDC “has far reaching implications for other public workers.”
“The Congress therefore calls for meaningful and purposeful dialogue at the level of the Social Partnership on the matter of downsizing and rightsizing in enterprises. This is the way forward if Barbados is to work its way out of the economic stagnation in which the country finds itself,” the statement said.
“CTUSAB is concerned that the actions of the Government and other private sector employers in not observing the provisions set out in the Protocol VI, in relation to the termination of employment is exacerbating an already unstable labour market.”
It continued: “CTUSAB therefore calls on the Government and Employers of Barbados to undertake to respect the provisions of the Protocol, and to demonstrate their commitment to following the agreed procedures and practices therein.”