There’s a new development in the bitter row between the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).
Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer revealed today that she had received “an official letter” dated July 23 from the NUPW accepting the proposals made at the meeting of the sub-committee of the Social Partnership held July 14, according to a release from the Government Information Service (GIS) issued late today.
The GIS release stated that the union agreed to the BIDC’s offer not to act on the retirement letters given to workers over the age of 60, and that those workers would remain full employees of the Board and would receive all benefits due to them.
The NUPW also agreed to meet with the BIDC “as soon as the next day” to discuss challenges facing the Corporation “with full disclosure of the issues at the BIDC” in an effort to settle matters in the shortest possible time, the releases said.
It added that Dr Byer urged the parties, “to spare no effort to meet and settle the matters in the shortest possible time”.
“She added that both she and the office of the Chief Labour Officer remained available to advise and/or conciliate should the need arise,” the GIS said.