Never again, says BWU
The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has called for “closure” in the case of a protesting Apes Hill Club employee who was recently struck by a car while on the picket line.
Deputy General Secretary Dwaine Paul told reporters today that the union had yet to hear from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) on the incident, which allegedly took place earlier this month while some 40 workers, comprising mainly maintenance staff, were on strike to press the luxury facility to recognize the union as their bargaining agent.
Paul stopped short of demanding an arrest, but called on the police to expedite the matter.
“What we have not heard at this point in time is an update as it relates to the young man that was injured. We are really hoping that the members of the RBPF can bring that matter to closure sooner rather than later. The young man is resting comfortably, we are in contact with him, but we would really like to see closure to that matter as it relates to the members of the RBPF. I know that they are stretched, but we would really like that matter expedited,” the senior trade unionist said shortly before a meeting with about 20 Sandy Lane Resort workers at the BWU’s Solidarity House headquarters.
He described the incident as “unfortunate and unprecedented” in the country’s industrial relations climate, and insisted it must never be repeated.
“In our 75 years of the union we have never had such an incident taking place and I would never like it to happen again to anyone on the picket line,” Paul said.
The two sides have since begun talks under the chairmanship of Chief Labour Officer Vincent Burnett and the BWU has reported that a settlement was imminent early in the New Year.