BIDC withdraws letters of dismissal

The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has withdrawn the dismissal letters issued to ten employees over age 60 following the latest round of talks today with the sub-committee of the Social Partnership.

General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore, made the announcement at a press conference a short while ago.

The employees’ representative, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) had been pressing for the withdrawal since the workers were dismissed last month.

Last Monday the NUPW held a protest march against the BIDC’s decision, and later in the week called on workers of the Sanitation Service Authority to stay off the job and not collect garbage or conduct burials.

The union had also threatened a national shut down tomorrow if their demands were not met.

Moore described today’s withdrawal as a victory for workers.

14 Responses to BIDC withdraws letters of dismissal

  1. Lica July 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I hope the Nupw & Bwu know what they Did n
    Not Signed there Deaths Warranty! Hope is don’t
    be the same thing Couple month down Road!
    Like the NCC. The New Wine like it Soak through!

  2. ken July 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    This is a victory indeed. This government wants to treat its people like a bunch of children that needs to keep quiet when mummy and daddy are talking. They want us to swallow everything they shove down our throats. They try to make it difficult to negotiate with, thinking threats will cause us to cower in fear. Freundel ‘s longwordedness is nothing to fear at all, nor is his mishandling of the Constitution to inflict fear on the people of this nation. He played difficult with the triple taxation tipping fees (considering environmental levy and municipal tax) but all of a sudden, out the clear blue, he decided to waive it (something that the waste hauler were trying to negotiate with his government without success). He needs to stop being so arrogant and be a leader because he hasn’t shown his leadership yet. He is going to go down as the worst mistake of a prime minister this country has ever had. This man believes he knows when he should talk and does open his mouth at the wrong cockfight everytime.

    • ken July 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      It is now obvious why he doesn’t talk much because amidst his big words, which he probably grabs from a dictionary just before he opens his trap, he can’t speak. He misrepresents his title as prime minister by attacking the people of this nation and ends up putting his foot in his mouth. He can’t speak on matters concerning the well being of Barbadians but wants to bring section 48 to keep us suppressed. A good leader can bring a plate of doo doo and ask his people, in such a manner, to eat that everyone turns up with a knife and fork. Freundel is not a good leader. This government was given a mandate by the IMF to improve the economy, but instead of leading us through this mandate he brandishing it like a sword and expects us to follow like he is Freundel Hitler. He is destroying the DLP.

  3. Alec Pierre July 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    “We The People”

  4. villager. July 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    What victory what? i wanted them tom go down the road of the shut down,because all of the folly that they were doing had now touched a raw nerve with the citizens of this country, and the unions would have buried themselves in the court of public opinion with this nonsense that they were planning to foist on us the citizens of this country.

  5. biggert July 14, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Well done to the young leaders. You made your points, stuck to your principles under the nastiest personal attacks and secured the future for hundreds of people nearing the end of their working lives. They owe you a debt of gratitude.

    Glad to see that common sense prevailed on the Government side at last.

  6. villager. July 14, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Biggert do not jump the gun, is this matter still an issue for the courts?And my dear fellow the only persons who should have let commonsense prevail were those who believed that they can hold this country up to ransom by their whims and fancies,but brother it will not work now or ever,we the ordinary citizens in these small villages have rights that we too are not prepared to allow those with egotistical and maniacal tendencies to erode because they believe that they are a law unto themselves,we all are governed by the law of the land.

  7. Winston Arthur Trechane July 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Now that each monkey has taken his rightful branch, the Unions, the workers and the country must define this precedent as the paradigm for regulating government processes that are questionable under the Constitution and the Labour Legislation. The ideal situation to be achieved is where there is harmony between the Government, the State and the Nation in the advancement of the civility and the quality of life of the People of Barbados.

  8. Carl Harper July 14, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Wait! In hear very quiet. Weh de usual suspects who drool all over duh mout?

  9. Carl Harper July 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Wait! In here very quiet. Weh de usual suspects who drool all over duh mout?

  10. Ormond Mayers July 15, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Well I am happy to learn as a Union division President, that those letters are withdrawn. The BIDC went about the process wrong and set a bad example. Age should not be a requisite for or retention of a job. Agility and capability are important factors .

    This government continues to break all the laws and demonstrates a lack of respect for the rights of people. This matter should not have reached the stage of a shutdown of the Country. What was lacking was the spirit of consultation before the BIDC embark on terminating the 10 workers.

    If the climate of industrial relations is to remained sound, and robust , respect for the rights of workers and the workers
    representatives is paramount .

    • ken July 15, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Well said Ormond

  11. ken July 15, 2015 at 9:25 am

    One thing this country sadly lacks is a leader, and at a time when we desperately need one. If we examine the political arena we will find no one who can lead us. We have a PM but not a leader; not someone who entices us to follow. We have someone who have a section of this country afraid to talk or express their views lest he lashes back at them with vengeance and fiery words. When we look through his administration we can’t find anyone who stands out as a true leader. We therefore look at the opposition and find the same thing. Mia has not yet shown us that she can lead us; she is just the other option that will be presented to us on election day just like what was presented to us last time, and we chose the lesser of the two evils. We said it is better to drive on the flat Tyre than on the rim; either way we are without a Tyre. Freundel believes that we chose him, the reality is that we decided NOT to choose the other party. History will tell us that true leaders are usually ones who are married and can govern their homes not someone who has a relative as their soul mate.

    We were convinced that there was something wrong with his ability to speak in public when he defined a close relative in the same light as a spouse.

  12. sandra basc July 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Ken well said. Our so call leaders leave a lot to be desired. There is no one on either said that I have any confidence in.


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