Apes Hill settlement likely
The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has reported progress in its negotiations with the plush Apes Hill Club in St James.
The second round of “cordial and productive” talks resumed this morning at the Labour Department following a four-year hiatus.
BWU Deputy General Secretary Dwaine Paul told Barbados TODAY the meeting, chaired by Chief Labour Officer Vincent Burnett, set a plan in motion to complete the exercise.
The parties are seeking to resolve outstanding matters related to pay and conditions of employment for maintenance staff at the sprawling upscale golf and luxury villas property.
“The talks today continued . . . those talks once again were cordial and productive. We have set a plan in motion to complete the exercise, and talks will continue in earnest in the New Year,” said the union executive.
Pressed to be more specific about what had been achieved so far, Paul refused to give details, suggesting it would be inappropriate to do so while the talks were still at a sensitive stage.
However, he said he was “reasonably pleased” and anticipated a speedy settlement in the New Year.
“Since it is a negotiation, we can’t go into details of exactly what was discussed at this point in time. But it is really dealing with the negotiations and some other issues that were raised, but I can’t go into them because we are still at the table talking about them.
“We are reasonably pleased with how things went today. We anticipate that if we can continue on this footing, we will be on the right track to repairing or continuing to set the relationship on the right track,” the BWU deputy general secretary stated.
The two sides engaged in a bitter war of words last week, in an angry public exchange that was laden with race and class overtones. (EJ)