Airport pay talks to resume

It’s back to the bargaining table today for top officials of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and management of Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. (GAIA Inc.).

This follows a recent breakdown in their negotiations that has sparked a workers’ picket at the island’s lone airport.

The workers have been demanding “Fair Work, Fair Pay”.
The workers have been demanding “Fair Work, Fair Pay”.

At issue is pay.

The NUPW is demanding a 16 per cent increase for employees at GAIA Inc.

However, Cabinet has rejected that proposal, as well as the counter offer from GAIA management of a 15.5 per cent pay hike.

The Freundel Stuart administration has so far been adamant that any increase for the airport workers would have to be considered within the context of pay increase for the entire public service.

However, the two sides are preparing to resume their negotiations at 2PM today in the hope of ending the ongoing workers’ protest.

14 Responses to Airport pay talks to resume

  1. Helicopter(8P) December 1, 2016 at 11:51 am

    O K ! It’s fair deal if you are awarded your increase but you must remember Government can have its administration institute new rules of play here. Lets explain. Productivity reports can be required from your department of employment on a trimester basis. Urine analysis and psychological evaluation at random. We are in a very competitive environment as we speak of employment in today’s job market so employees demands can be met by the employer’s administration of demanding work ethic policy. If your increase in salary is good for you it should be better for the government service that you are allowed to serve within.

  2. Phil December 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Well said Helicopter. I would like to see CCTV installed also. They couldn’t object if the GAIA was privately owned and operated. It would meet International security and safety standard then. The streets of London are loaded with CCTVs No one objects.

  3. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill December 1, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Lets hope that some agreement can be reached.

  4. Alex Alleyne December 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Make sure the RBPF get piece of the action. (MONEY)

  5. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria December 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    GAIA CEOs etc making nuff money and want to renege on the pay increase they promised the workers YEARS ago. Don’t mind the ignorant Barbadians too ignorant and fart-frightened to stand for nothing and who does fall for everything, do what wanna have to do to get what is owed to wanna.

    • Sarge December 1, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      well said

  6. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer December 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Come on, fix it! Pass the bucket at the airport, I will gladly chip in if it means we don’t have to wait in line for one or two hours and the workers get a decent salary.

  7. jrsmith December 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    @, Phil , hail ,hail, well said bajans need to be more productive and its about time the sector be privatize, our government cant manage (Barbados LTD)

    • Carson C Cadogan December 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      “……..our government cant manage (Barbados LTD)”

      So you are saying that Black people cant manage Barbados?

      In your opinion we ought to bring back the White British Colonists?

  8. Greengiant December 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    The said union that is leading these workers agreed some years ago to take a future percentage off the table to close the then negotiations. So currently the GAIA don’t owe the workers any past monies. Thats why they’re asking for 16 percent. GAIA management is saying 15.5 while government is saying the increase should match that of civil servants.

    Solution: NUPW request a fast tracked date from government for all negotiations.
    Agree to have these employees pay increase made retroactive to the date negotiations started.
    Let the employment rights tribunal rule whether government’s stand on negotiations is lawful and if the GAIA management offer to the workers has to be accepted by government as the operation is run by a board of management and not in Bay Street.
    There’s no need for a strike or other forms of work to rule. Let the tribunal system work, test it as it will be the way of life for the unions in the near future. Our youthful union leadership have to test the systems in place now or they will be like sitting ducks later and only social unrest will result.

  9. barbadian December 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Look we have to be careful. “A sheep head a day is more than a cattle head a year”. This is our country and things are rough. Let us cut and contrive. Let us conserve and contain. Increases should be granted across the board to all workers paid from the taxes at similar levels. To give a 16 % hike to GAIA is courting bare trouble with other workers. The Government had better take care and stand firm and be fair to ALL.

  10. Carson C Cadogan December 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Waste of time.

    Which employer, private sector or Public sector, in any part of the World pays a 16% increase in salary?

    Who pays more for doing the same job?

  11. Sarge December 1, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    come on bajans stop acting like slaves, these monies were owed to these people years now, management makes the lump some so what about the employees, this is the reason people come and spit in u all face when they get enough of wanna they quit call a recession and leave d island with they pocket full

  12. Greengiant December 2, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Could be 16 percent over 3 years.


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