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Byer-Suckoo chided for benefits comment

Byer-Suckoo chided for benefits comment

The island’s largest public sector trade union is questioning the wisdom in making it difficult for people who lose their jobs to receive unemployment benefits. Responding to a comment made Tuesday by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo that unemployed individuals who refuse job placements and counselling from the National Employment Bureau (NEB) should have their […]

NEB no more

NEB no more

With the Freundel Stuart administration examining state-owned entities with a view of merging or disposing of some of them in an effort to curtail spending, the National Employment Bureau (NEB), the Government agency tasked with helping jobseekers find work, is getting a new image. A key part of the transformation is a new name for […]

Dangerous road!

Dangerous road!

Ahead of the May 30 National Budget presentation, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has sounded a stern warning to Government that the island’s public servants are already at the point of saturation. Therefore, the union says, now is not the time to be piling on any more taxes on Government workers, who it […]

Wrong road

Wrong road

Close to 100 workers at Rotherley Construction downed tools Monday morning, in protest against changes to their terms of work. The unionized workers, who are represented by the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), gathered outside the company’s Warrens, St Michael headquarters around 9 a.m. demanding immediate clarification of the terms set out in their new employment contracts. […]

‘BEC must get its house in order’

‘BEC must get its house in order’

Barbadian employers are being told to put their houses in order as it relates to the Employers Rights Act (ERA) before they complain that it is flawed. Responding to recent concerns by the Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC) that their suggested amendments to the Act submitted almost two years ago had been largely ignored, Minister of […]

No sackings!

No sackings!

The umbrella trade union grouping is warning Government against severing public servants in a bid to cut its wage bill. In responding to a call Tuesday by Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Cleviston Haynes for belt-tightening, including a reduction in Government spending, President of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of […]

Still no clear national shutdown policy – employers

Still no clear national shutdown policy – employers

Nearly eight months after the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew last September, local employers say they are still awaiting clarification from Government on its national shutdown policy. “There were members of our organization who would have found themselves basically in an awkward position because there remain areas we think in the disaster management programme that […]

Unjust Act!

Unjust Act!

Nearly two years after it requested submissions on how to improve its controversial Employment Rights Act (ERA), Government is yet to take on board any of the suggested amendments made by the umbrella Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC). “We regret that we are yet to see any action to bring the necessary regulations, which are now […]

Byer-Suckoo defends jobless rate

Byer-Suckoo defends jobless rate

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo is defending the unemployment rate, as well recent suggestion by Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy that the country was on course for full employment, with thousands of jobs to be created in the tourism industry in the coming months. Byer-Suckoo Thursday said there was no reason to dispute the unemployment […]

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