Union dispute with Transport Board before Labour Department

Sir Roy Trotman, general secretary of the Barbados Workers Union.
BWU General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman

The Barbados Workers’ Union’s (BWU) dispute with the Transport Board is before the Labour Department as the union insists the statutory body did not follow process in sending home workers.

Representatives from both sides will meet at the Labour Department on May 8.

General secretary Sir Roy Trotman said today: “We have had a situation where we have had to refer the Transport Board to the Labour Department on the way to the Employment Rights Tribunal. Whether the Transport Board will be able to get back to us in time to have meaningful dialogue, I am very much in the dark regarding that because they would have already sent home their people.”

The union is at odds with the Transport Board over the dismissal of workers without going through the consultation process.
Sir Roy said the Transport Board and other private and public sector agencies could learn a valuable lesson from the example set by the National Conservation Commission (NCC) in its negotiations with the union.

He was speaking to the media as the NCC and the union sat down for talks this morning to look at the proposed retrenchment of workers at the statutory body.

“We should compliment the NCC for endeavouring to look for approaches and for having meeting and having meaningful discussions in March and now today the 23rd of April,” he said.

“When they had the first meeting, they promised to go away and follow through [with] certain suggestions we had made, and based on what they have told us today, there is evidence that they have done that, and hence they have been able to reduce the number from 250 to 194 . . . . [If] there is proper consultation, then parties can get closer to one another.” (RG)

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