Sugar talks end without resolution

It’s back to the bargaining table tomorrow evening at 5 p.m., after talks between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) adjourned tonight at 10:36 p.m.

Emerging from the meeting a short while ago, Minister of Labour and Social Security Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo who mediated the talks between the two parties described the discussions as cordial.

Workers at the island’s lone sugar factory Portvale have been off the job for five days straight protesting the manner in which 50 workers from the Andrews Sugar Factory were retrenched by the BAMC two Fridays ago.

Dr Byer-Suckoo has indicated the matter is a time sensitive one and she has therefore not ruled out Prime Minister Freundel Stuart having to intervene to reach resolution.

“If it gets to a point that I think it’s not happening, then it is off to the Prime Minister. The Chief Labour Officer, he tried for two days and he realized that he couldn’t do anything at his level . . . ,” she said.

Meanwhile, BWU general secretary Sir Roy is standing firm on his position that an apology will be critical for talks to move forward.

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