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Focus on equality and improved working conditions

Focus on equality and improved working conditions

Minister of Labour, Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has given assurances that her ministry will enforce existing laws and develop legislation to support Government’s move towards social equality and improved working conditions. Dr Byer-Suckoo was addressing the opening of the 11th Biennial Delegates’ conference of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) on […]

FTC director dies suddenly

FTC director dies suddenly

Director of consumer protection at the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), Judy Maynard, is dead. Maynard, 61, reportedly collapsed in the bathroom at the FTC’s Green Hill, St Michael headquarters sometime this morning. Shocked staffers subsequently sought assistance for her but when an ambulance arrived at the FTC the mother of two was unresponsive and later […]

Airport dispute in Chief Labour Officer’s hands

Airport dispute in Chief Labour Officer’s hands

The long, drawn-out pay dispute between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc (GAIA) has been referred to the Ministry of Labour for resolution. Corporate Communications Specialist with GAIA Keith Goddard confirmed to Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the company had placed the matter in the hands of […]

Strike threat imminent at GAIA

Strike threat imminent at GAIA

Barbados’ crucial gateway to the world is likely to be hit by industrial action later this week. President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall would only say this afternoon that a shutdown of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) was a protest option against the non-payment of wages to workers dating […]

Neblett: Blame NCC dismissals on board

Neblett: Blame NCC dismissals on board

General Manager of the state-owned National Conservation Commission (NCC) Keith Neblett this evening denied that he played the lead role in the controversial dismissal of 186 workers in April, 2014, saying he had simply carried out the instructions of his board of directors. However, after testifying yesterday that the last in, first out policy had […]

Apes Hill conciliation talks set for Thursday

There appears to be a fresh move afoot to resolve the industrial impasse between management of the plush Apes Hill Club in St James and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU). Barbados TODAY understands that the two sides agreed tonight to meet on Thursday morning to try to end their dispute over conditions of work, including […]

If we must

If we must

Amidst concern from the trade union movement about private sector layoffs, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Alex McDonald has defended merchants, saying they were holding on to staff for as long as possible. Last weekend General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore expressed concern about layoffs within the private […]

Tough choice

Tough choice

The St Lucy-based Arawak Cement Company Ltd is to make 20 per cent of its staff redundant from October 23, casualties of a comprehensive restructuring programme. The company announced today that it was forced to send home 40 employees in order to save the plant from going under. But Acting General Secretary of the National […]

Union and SSA to discuss restructuring

Union and SSA to discuss restructuring

The state-owned Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) has apparently taken the first tangible step towards restructuring, in keeping with a policy of the Freundel Stuart administration to review the operations of various statutory bodies. Acting General Manager Roslyn Knight today reportedly posted a circular on the SSA’s notice board which spoke to restructuring of the solid […]

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