Union confident airport workers will get 18 per cent

Workers at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) are confident that Government will agreed to their  latest demand for an 18 per cent salary increase over a two-year period.

General Treasurer of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Asokore Beckles told Barbados TODAY Friday morning that a delegation met with management yesterday and left confident of getting the hike that covered the past two years. Beckles said that the management went to the meeting with a mandate to negotiate and would report back to its board for the final decision.

He said the NUPW had conceded that the back pay owed from 2011 to 2013 would have been a major challenge considering the Government’s financial affairs, and had decided to try instead instead for a more likely option of 18 per cent increase.

Meanwhile, the NUPW and the Sanitation Service Authority will be meet with the Chief Labour Officer on Tuesday morning to discuss the non-payment of monies when the workers took industrial action some months ago.

The union also held another round of salary negotiations today with the Chief Personnel Officer on behalf of public officers.

2 Responses to Union confident airport workers will get 18 per cent

  1. jrsmith August 13, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Trade unionists beware, all these meetings and discussions and being confident in what. For the unions to win the government minister backed up by the Priminister must come on the media of (TV) and address the bajan people, as to proposals and settlements to our nation’s people…its time the governernment be accountable to our people….

  2. Natalie Murray August 13, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I want the Public Servants to demand a meeting with the NUPW. It is my understanding that the proposal that was presented to the workers was changed unkown to the President and the General Treasurer. It is my understanding that new proposal would benefit government and not the workers.

    Apparently, with the new proposal the workers overall will lose millions and the government will save 400million. It is time that Union leaders be held accountable by the membership.

    Any change in position should have come from the membership and not by a GS that does not have a clue on these matters.

    Members demand a meeting and ask for the new proposal that was submitted without a mandate from the members.

    The time has come for Unions to make strategic choices and not personal or political choices.


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