UNION CALL

NUPW to rally the troops to protest delay in hearing of NCC workers' case

The island’s more than 25,000 public sector and quasi-public sector workers will be called out to take industrial action in support of retrenched National Conservation Commission (NCC) employees.

In making the announcement this morning, Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Roslyn Smith told a highly-charged meeting of former NCC staff that she will submit to the union’s National Council, next Friday, a strategy for the most effective protest to “shake people’s thoughts” and get the appropriate results.

Smith said all public servants, including workers in statutory corporations, would be asked to hit the streets to protest the long delay in resolving the “unfair dismissal” of the NCC employees, in addition to the suffering they have been experiencing for over eight months, due to the delay in the Employment Rights Tribunal hearing their case.

The union boss informed the more than 25 retrenched workers who turned out that all public servants would be asked to gather in Queen’s Park on the day appointed for the demonstration.

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has put Government on notice that it will call out members soon to join retrenched National Conservation Commission employees in protest against the long wait for justice before the Employment Rights Tribunal. Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith (right) listens attentively to member of the NUPW National Council Danny Gill after meeting with just over two dozen former NCC workers at the union's headquarters this morning. 
The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has put Government on notice that it will call out members soon to join retrenched National Conservation Commission employees in protest against the long wait for justice before the Employment Rights Tribunal.
Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith (right) listens attentively to member of the NUPW National Council Danny Gill after meeting with just over two dozen former NCC workers at the union’s headquarters this morning.

A date and time have yet to be set but Smith said staging the protest to coincide with the next meeting of Parliament, scheduled for January 13, was one option the National Council would consider.

“I believe given the mood of the workers this morning, that they are clear that they want to hit the streets in protest of the delay because they said they were off since April and, to date, the promised hearing with the tribunal is not forthcoming,” said Smith.

“We will be asking our shop stewards and other public officers to join the march. It is to support the cause of the workers at NCC and Beautify Barbados. They have some fundamental issues which we believe should be corrected.”

The NUPW top official said the union would also formalize that arrangement and determine how many of the former workers wanted their jobs back.

Smith said the union expected that Government would recognize the urgency of the workers’ concerns and therefore convene a meeting with the NUPW.

The union will also be protesting the “lack of response” from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to a letter regarding the financial plight of the retrenched staff.

“We had asked that an interim payment be paid to the workers, whereby they could have eased the burden over the holidays until the tribunal met,” she said.

“We were of the view they we were going to have a meeting with the tribunal this month. Unfortunately, the resignations [eight of the nine tribunal members] would have set that back. We [NUPW] have not submitted a replacement as yet so I do not know if it will be formally ready to treat to the hearings within three months, next month, this month.”

The NUPW wants the reinstatement of the workers they insist were unfairly dismissed.

It has insisted that if the last-in, first-out policy was followed, many of the retrenched NCC employees would still be at work and others who kept their job would be the ones on the breadline.

Meantime, the Barbados Workers’ Union, which also  represents some of the NCC workers, will hold a meeting next Monday afternoon to determine the direction it will take.

4 Responses to UNION CALL

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 3, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Lets face reality, there is NO money, funds, legal tender to pay anyone. The government should send the entire solid waste tax bill to the Unions. Barbados is broke, the government would not admit it and none of the minister are not going to give up their post and pay for NO one. The Union now want to take the workers on the road to Greece. The Union haven’t got a clue. It seems that the workers have invested their funds in Air Bags. Do the right thing and give a full refund included interest back to the workers.

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  2. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony January 3, 2015 at 9:25 am

    So we are to screw up a country further for 200!!!, honestly its not worth piss in pocket!!!!

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  3. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph January 3, 2015 at 10:57 am

    The first line of the news item highlighted the entire problem. 25 000 public sector workers. That is what the two nuisance political parties have done to my sweet country. Broken the camels back with this inordinate burden trying to win elections. This country needs fresh blood, or else the cycles will be repeated over and over again.

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  4. Asiba January 3, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I think the Union is obligated to do – “something.” Interesting to note that Dennis Clarke goes and immediately the NUPW flexes its muscles ……

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