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BIDC/NUPW settlement?

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.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer

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Barbados TODAY has obtained a copy of the actual letter sent by the union to the Minister.

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.

Source: (GIS)

5 Responses to BIDC/NUPW settlement?

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler July 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    What is wrong with this woman, isn’t this the same statement the union made that she said was not correct? She is really incompetent

  2. Dave D Small
    Dave D Small July 25, 2015 at 12:19 am

    What’s the difference with this statement and the one made by the union??? Smh

  3. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy July 25, 2015 at 1:32 am

    the term dismal failure comes immediately to mind … a reminder that politics and public life is not for the faint of heart

  4. harry turnover July 25, 2015 at 7:01 am

    @Frank and Dave…..No sir… is NOT the same statement.

    The NUPW wanted the letters withdrawn and the workers return to work.The Minister said the letters were not acted on,and the workers would not be allowed to return to work.

    There was a compromise on both sides with the Union accepting the words ‘ NOT ACTED ON” and the Minister accepting ” allowed to return to work “

  5. Winston Arthur Trechane July 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    The letters have to be made null and void for the purpose of removing any possibility of BIDC making any retroactive demand in the future. This would entail that the ten employees are returned to their previously recognized status as collaborators in the employ of BIDC.

    Note that the BIDC is not exempt from suspicion of maneuvers to revalidate said letters. The improper emission of the letters testifies to that.


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