Moore warns of industrial action

Barbados Workers Union’s (BWU) General Secretary, Toni Moore, today warned Sandy Lane Hotel and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) of possible industrial action if ongoing pay disputes are not settled.

Addressing delegates at the BWU’s mid-term meeting in Harmony Hall, Solidarity House this morning, Moore recalled that for the past six months the union had also been involved in industrial matters against the Central Bank of Barbados; the American University of Barbados; and Apes Hill Club, where she said there had been “a number of indelicate threats to workers’ rights, workers’ well-being and overall stability of the industrial relations system”.

“These are not all, these are merely the ones that up to now, have been made public and there are some more that might get there in short time.

“There is a west coast property within the tourism sector which, notwithstanding an offer to its staff which mirrors the settlement for workers within that sector, now wishes to revise their offer downward by three per cent or alternatively, adding on to the previous offer a proviso to cut sick day entitlement by four days,” she said.

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore.

The union boss did not name the west coast property at this point, but had stated earlier in her presentation, “we have had to publicly address issues at Sandy Lane … where … there remains the issue of good-faith bargaining as commitments which were made to pay increases still have not been honoured”.

A dispute erupted between BWU and Sandy Lane late last year after the luxury hotel refused to pay the incremental salary increases negotiated and agreed to between the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and the union.

The other simmering situation that Moore said may have to be dealt with publicly is the issue between the Barbados Secondary School Teachers Union (BSTU) and CXC over pay for marking School-Based Assessments.

“Where for instance we have our sister union, the BSTU demanding payment from one institution for assessments, we may have to show public dissatisfaction with the approach of the said institution to deny workers there, their due,” Moore said.


6 Responses to Moore warns of industrial action

  1. Jade Kimone
    Jade Kimone February 29, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I wonder if people actually kno who does really suffer when they go on strike, & who duz pay de extra money when they get an increase in pay.

  2. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith February 29, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Did the slave master ever negotiate with the slave or did they had to take matters into their own hands to be free? Blood has always spill in history. Oppression of the poor still continue today. If the workers can unite they can get what they want, because if they strike NO body gets anything.. So the master has to pay or sell and leave. Sandy lane is too profitable so any disruption is going to hurt them..

  3. jrsmith February 29, 2016 at 7:17 am


  4. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham February 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

    its time for a rise in union fees right

  5. jrsmith February 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

    The problem with our unions they must be more united, they need strength they need to play they cards close to they chest so to speak, they should not expose those cards unless ask to, that’s why they are always at risk of loosing because they allow the government and the so call private industry to prepare for them treating them as second class citizens, they must not be the past yes people to the government of the day as like the others of history.
    When they played the members against each other because of party politics, the individuals who only manage the unions but were never in control, the unions, must not trust the media to be on they side, the media is always scared to attack government in Barbados.
    This failure of strength and unity is showing itself every day, because the smallest issue set the unions up for a big fight which is good for the government , you the unions need to be more secure as to what is being said as regarding to present past and future issues. You need a will to win ..
    THE WILL TO WIN ,MAKES YOU WINNERS.. The strength you require if your unions says boo, every body should be scared. Because no one knows what is coming….

  6. seagul February 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Is /this action an affront to the principles of democracy mr businessman—NO Without independent judicial control, we cannot give effect to the essential values of our society. –Law and freedom is the basic philosophy of liberalism. Without liberal reform society doesn’t move forward. Because of the blood-sweat and tears of liberals, we have won the abolition of slavery, desegregation, child labour laws, birth control and UNIONS. How can anyone have the nerve to compare the Africans slavery struggles as war.


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