Cabinet approves new tribunal members

Cabinet has approved the appointment of three nominees to the Employment Rights Tribunal, daysP1040130 after eight of the nine members resigned en masse.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, who made the announcement at a media conference this morning, said the appointments will take effect December 29.

While she declined to name the Government’s three nominees prior to the issuance of their instruments of appointment, the minister said she expects the tribunal to begin its work in a matter of weeks, rather than months.

“I have accepted the resignations from the Employment Rights Tribunal and, at the ministry, we’ve already begun the process of appointing a new tribunal. The new chair and deputy chairs have been approved by Cabinet and now we await the submissions from the unions and the employers’ organization,” the minister said.

“The new chair and deputies will receive their instruments of appointment very shortly and then they will be meeting with me and with the ministry. This will happen in the next few days. Their mandate, of course, will be to ensure that the Employment Rights Tribunal functions and does so as a tribunal should, with simple procedures, which can be administered without undue delays.

“As soon as we have the other names from the trade unions and the Barbados Employers’ Confederation, the tribunal would be able to sit. I am mindful the unions and the employers also have a process for selection and nominating their persons. That is the only delay now.”

The members of the previous tribunal resigned after the minister wrote to them, urging them to commence their work.

Dr Byer-Suckoo is standing by her actions, and laid the blame for the delay squarely on the shoulders of the ex-members.

“Before their appointment, I must assure you that we did have the resources in place, the human, physical and financial resources in keeping with other tribunals, including all the NIS tribunals, which fall under this ministry. However, this particular tribunal had a different vision for their operation and we attempted to meet most of the new requests. Other tribunals are administered through ministries or departments and they don’t have their own offices, or telephones or staff and so on,” she explained.

“Additionally, taking Government’s financial situation into consideration, some of the stated requirements were deemed unaffordable and not in the best interest of Government or the taxpayers of Barbados at this time, and served to delay the process.”

4 Responses to Cabinet approves new tribunal members

  1. Santini More
    Santini More December 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Oh for goodness sake, will the PM do us all a favour & put this useless Minister out of her misery!

  2. Tête La
    Tête La December 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    You all would embrace any ass…

  3. Tony Webster December 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I would have a hard time, if asked whom to choose to spend a while with on a desert island: this lady, or The doctor of agricultural and other adventures. To the ladiy’s credit, she is prettier, and can be relied upon, always, to portray a caring, utterly motherly appearance whenever speaking publicly. I excuse the continual frowning, which un-necessarily intrudes into each and every performance, presumably, to make the obvious even more clear.
    Both are very humourous, almost hysterically so. Both also are smart, and actually have some utility, measuring just a tad higher than our country’s current sovereign-debt-rating. Both also score highly for consistency. So apart from not being minded to offer any direct comment on the latest tectonic/ triumphal, and tribunic announcement,(cogent comment being redundant), I’ve decided to pass on both options: I’ll just bide my time on the desert island,
    untill all the oceans evaporate, and I can just walk home.
    Or until 2018, whichever arrives first.

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 21, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Here we go again!


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