Airport talks breakdown
It is now up to Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo to seek to resolve the pay dispute at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).
Today, talks between the GAIA management and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) broke down at the level of the Chief Labour Officer Vincent Burnett.
After close to three hours of talks with the two sides today, Burnett announced that he would be referring the matter to the Minister of Labour.
At issue is a 3.5 per cent pay increase.
The two sides differ on the outcome of a December 2010 meeting chaired by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
GAIA contends that the 3.5 per cent was taken off the table while the union said the increase would only be paid if the economy improved.
However, while Government is maintaining that the desired growth has not yet been realized, the union is contending otherwise. Based on January 4, 2010 letter it further insists that the pay increase was never taken off the table.