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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 […]

Last chance

Last chance

The Freundel Stuart administration has been given “one last chance” to return to the negotiating table to discuss the protracted salary increase for civil servants, says President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall. Following a two-hour meeting with public sector employees at the union’s Dalkeith, St Michael headquarters Friday afternoon, McDowall told […]

Sir Henry uneasy about new Act

Sir Henry uneasy about new Act

Independent Senator Sir Henry Fraser has raised concern that the newly passed Holidays with Pay Act may put certain employers and employees at a disadvantage. Sir Henry told the Senate Wednesday that while he supports the legislation, “there [are] nevertheless areas of nuances” which should be addressed. “Because I would hazard a guess that it is […]

No ruling yet in case of worker with 464 sick days

No ruling yet in case of worker with 464 sick days

The two sides in the unfair dismissal dispute between the then Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) and its former Quality Assurance Officer Constance Reid-Batson are talking again in a bid to reach an amicable settlement. The Employment Rights Tribunal Wednesday ordered them to take another shot at conciliation and to report back to the panel on February […]

More for all!

More for all!

Public servants must get a pay rise too! That was the position of the umbrella body of trade unions in response to this week’s decision by Government lawmakers to restore the salaries of parliamentarians and senior civil servants to the pre-2014 levels when there was a ten per cent cut. Without commenting on the morality […]

New Act should help end exploitation – Sir Roy

New Act should help end exploitation – Sir Roy

A picture has been painted of widespread exploitation of workers by employees who abuse loopholes and ambiguities in employment rights laws. However, retired trade unionist Sir Roy Trotman is hoping proposed amendments to the Holiday With Pay Act will go a long way towards curtailing this practice. “We have always felt, those of us who […]

Back to work

Back to work

Many of the public workers laid off in 2014 as part of Government’s austerity programme are now back in the public service, claims Minister of Education Ronald Jones. In defending the decision to restore the ten per cent which was cut from the salaries of parliamentarians and senior Government officials, Jones Tuesday admitted that the 3,000 […]

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