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No pay rise

No pay rise

If public officers were to be given even “a nice, comfortable” ten per cent pay rise it would deal a blow so devastating to the economy that it would be difficult to recover, one Government senator has suggested. In making a case today against an increase in wages, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s […]

‘Restore public servants’ salaries too’

‘Restore public servants’ salaries too’

It’s not a salary increase, it’s a pay restoration! That’s the latest argument being put forward by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) in response to recent suggestions by outspoken Government minister Donville Inniss that the union’s demands for a 23 per cent pay hike for public servants is downright unreasonable. “When the cost […]

Legal abuse!

Legal abuse!

Government is being accused of practicing “legalized victimization” with the introduction of revised qualifications for public servants. Under the Public Service (Qualifications) Order 2016 published last December, the educational requirements for civil servants have been upgraded, with some senior posts now demanding a postgraduate degree, a change from the minimum undergraduate degree previously required. This […]

No allocation for pay increase

No allocation for pay increase

Government’s 2017-2018 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue, which do not make provision for a salary increase for public servants, are not sitting well with the leader of the island’s largest public sector trade union. In fact, President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall told Barbados TODAY the union would be calling […]

Spare a thought for menopausal workers – Moore

Spare a thought for menopausal workers – Moore

Barbadian businesses are being urged to consider menopause and other biological conditions that affect women, when drafting worksite wellness policies. The call came from General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore, who Tuesday delivered an address at Solidarity House as part of the second day of the designated week of excellence geared toward […]

NUPW boss vows to keep pressing for pay increase

NUPW boss vows to keep pressing for pay increase

There will be no softening of the National Union of Public Workers’ (NUPW) demand for a double-digit salary increase for public servants, even though Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has painted a picture of a still bruised Barbados economy. Sinckler hosted a news conference at Government Headquarters Monday during which he sought to reassure Barbadians that […]

Pay twist

Pay twist

The lines appear to be crossed between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and Ministry of Labour over the docking of Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) workers’ pay. Following a meeting on Tuesday between the NUPW and SSA management, which was chaired by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, the union’s General Secretary Rosalyn Smith […]

NUPW wrath

NUPW wrath

Public officers have given the Freundel Stuart administration just over two weeks to return to the bargaining table or face their wrath. Temporary Government workers met with the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) for about two hours Monday during which they discussed their demand for a pay rise and several other issues. Following the meeting […]

Lashley: Productivity starts at the top

Lashley: Productivity starts at the top

Cabinet must lead the productivity drive, but the entire country must be involved, according to Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Stephen Lashley. Lashley today admitted Barbados was not as productive as it ought to be, making it difficult for the country to earn its way in the world. He told Barbados TODAY with […]

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