Precision strike action continues

Nearly 50 workers at Precision Packaging Incorporated at Lower Estate, St Michael remained off the job for the second straight day today and were expected to be back on the picket line again tomorrow morning.

Word of this from the workers’ representative, the Barbados Workers Union (BWU).

The BWU’s Senior Industrial Relations Officer Juliette Pollard told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that only four workers had decided to continue on the job yesterday and today.

“We will have to get placards tomorrow and go back on the picket line,” she added.

Meantime, a meeting has been scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Labour Department.

BWU Assistant General Secretary Orlando “Gabby” Scott explained that when the two sides last met at the Labour Department, on Thursday, November 13, they had agreed to look at dates to continue discussions.

“The union is therefore disappointed over the company’s decision to implement the changes regarding the transportation of night shift workers in the absence of an agreement between the two sides, especially as they were meeting at the level of the Labour Department.

“The BWU has also strongly condemned the action for implementing changes regarding the transportation for workers on the night shift while negotiations between the company and the union are ongoing,” Scott said.

Efforts to reach officials at Precision for comment were unsuccessful.

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