Prime minister admits to layoff “missteps”

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has admitted that errors were made in the ongoing public sector retrenchment exercise.

The acknowledgment came as he announced plans to refer the National Conservation Commission impasse to the Employment Rights Tribunal.

The prime minister met for almost four hours yesterday with top officials of the National Public Workers Union, the Barbados Workers Union and NCC management.

He later told reporters that based on evidence provided during that meeting, there appeared to be some “procedural missteps” that must be fixed, but the task of correcting them should not fall on the NCC management.

NUPW President Walter Maloney, who attended the talks, is particularly concerned about breaches to the last in, first out policy, which, he said, were acknowledged during the talks.

Both the NUPW and BWU are updating their membership on the results of the meeting this morning.



10 Responses to Prime minister admits to layoff “missteps”

  1. Heather Dottin-Bancroft
    Heather Dottin-Bancroft May 26, 2014 at 9:22 am

    De pm and de unions trick de people again

  2. Ricardo Bascombe
    Ricardo Bascombe May 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    wow he wait late to realise this ,just goes to show hes not focusssing

  3. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins May 26, 2014 at 11:15 am

    There he goes getting the memo late again! smh

  4. Olutoye Walrond May 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    So here we go again. After all the weeks of talking it’s now over to a tribunal. The Alexandra Dispute all over again.

    Is it any wonder investors find it difficult to do business with us? We just like to waste time.

    • Sanderson Rowe May 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      As if ” Bajan time” is not bad enough , we now have Freundal’s Standard Time, aka Hurry up and wait!

  5. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce May 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Stupeee he still sleeping

  6. Ken R. Smith
    Ken R. Smith May 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Stupseeeeee, people lives have been placed in jeporady, over incompetence and the Unions accepting this crap of an excuse.

  7. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy May 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    How many people on FB willing to march???

  8. Olutoye Walrond May 27, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I really have to say how pissed off I am about the behaviour of the unions in this matter. You agree to a criteria for the lay offs and then the Minister or someone decides otherwise. What are you waiting for? The response should have been immediate: strike action; then we talk.

    All this pussyfooting by the NUPW merely shows that organisation to be nothing but a toothless tiger, ready to growl but having no bite.

    Now it’s over to a tribunal. What happens to the workers in the meantime? And why was this option not chosen earlier?
    Phew!!!!!!!! Somebody, Quick! book me on the next flight to Mars!!!!


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