No deal in BIDC and NUPW row
After eight hours of talks under the chairmanship of Minister of Labour Esther Byer, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) have reached a stalemate. And it will be up to the courts to decide the matter.
The two sides failed to settle their differences over the forced retirement of BIDC employees who have reached the age of 60.
With no resolution possible, the BIDC decided to take the matter to court. The union, which said it was willing to end industrial action if the retired workers were called back while the issue went through the legal process, has now said a decision on Phase 3 of industrial action will be made tomorrow.
Byer expressed disappointed that a settlement could not be reached, and accused both sides violating industrial relations protocols.