Wait soon over for severed NCC workers
After a wait of well over two years, the severed National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers could be receiving their compensation as early as the end of next week.
General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Roslyn Smith made this disclosure this afternoon during an interview with Barbados TODAY.
Smith said officers at Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs were working “urgently” on the matter and would be sending authorization to the NCC to pay the workers.
She went on to say that she expects management of the NCC will work “feverishly” to ensure the workers were paid by the end of next week.
In handing down the highly anticipated ruling on July 15, during an almost three-hour session at the Warrens Office Complex, Tribunal Chairman Hal Gollop QC, said the decision by the NCC not to consult with the workers or the NUPW, along with its failure to recognize the union as the workers’ bargaining agent, was a breach of their constitutional rights.
Gollop also said the last-in-first-out principle was abitrarily applied in making some workers redundant.
The Chairman had also pointed out that the NCC had failed to give effect to the statutory requirement of consultation and was unable to demonstrate that during the process of carrying out the redundancy of the complainants it had applied the last-in-first -out principle objectively and fairly.
Gollop concluded that this being the case, the tribunal found that the complainants were unfairly dismissed.
Addressing the issue of compensation for the severed workers, Gollop had also announced that “in accordance with its statutory duty the tribunal makes an award of 52 weeks as adequate compensation in the circumstances”.