Unions want their pay rises too
The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has summoned public servants to a meeting next Wednesday to discuss outstanding pay issues.
This follows a move by Government to grant Ministers of Government and other senior officials a pay rise by reinstating the ten per cent which was cut from their salaries in 2014.
NUPW spokeswoman Delcia Burke told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that Wednesday’s general meeting, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the union’s headquarters at Dalkeith, St Michael, will discuss proposals for a wage increase for the over 20,000 Government workers who have not had a pay increase since 2010.
She said the union would not go into details on the proposals at this stage, since it wanted to first update members.
However, NUPW President Akanni McDowall has already rubbished the Government’s move to up MPs’ salaries at this time.
He has been joined by outspoken General Secretary of the Unity Workers Union Caswell Franklyn in blasting the tabling of a resolution to restore the ten per cent to Government ministers, Opposition parliamentarians and other senior public officials.
“The major unions in this country must be compelled to put their members on the street to demonstrate against this abuse of power; if they do anything less it would be a travesty. They need to put the people on the streets and let the Government know that we are not standing for this. I will support them,” said Franklyn, who yesterday labelled the move as “selfish and uncaring”, while warning that it would not be tolerated.
In a statement issued Thursday evening, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union Toni Moore said the BWU would also be summoning a meeting of its members in the public sector on Tuesday, May 24 at Solidarity House at 4 p.m., in anticipation that wage negotiations with Government would commence in short order.
The NUPW also said it was awaiting a date for the start of such negotiations.