Byer to chair second round of talks tomorrow

Labour Minister Dr Esther Byer will chair a second round of talks with the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) tomorrow to settle their bitter impasse.



Today, Byer chaired separate meetings with the two parties at odds over the controversial dismissal of 10 BIDC employees.

Speaking to the media after the meetings, Minister Byer said it was unusual for a minister to intervene in a dispute without the matter first being referred to her department.

“These are unusual circumstances,” she however noted.

“Let me make it clear that this is not a discussion, but, it is a means for a resolution in the best interest of the country.”


12 Responses to Byer to chair second round of talks tomorrow

  1. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey July 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I still wondering why she dropped the Suckoo since earlier this year ?

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte July 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      simple reason but nothing to do with the issue at hand

    • Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
      Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey July 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      I heard the rumors but you are right…it has nothing to do with the 11th hour

    • Amber Nicole
      Amber Nicole July 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Why is her personal business, your business ?? Be concerned with the business of the country because we all have glass winders and therefore should not throw too many stones if any at all!!!!

    • Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
      Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey July 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      I think to many people are focusing on my comment…and missing my point…and have chosen to continue commenting after i have said…its now the 11th hour

  2. villager. July 8, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    In all seriousness i know this situation does no good for the country, but if i was BYER i would have let the unions run their route, Akanni Mccdowall has an agenda,and all the talk about being advised by council is rubbish,these talks will get no where he has already made his position clear by his mouthings,this nonsensical move involving the withdrawal of the services of soil technicians and the ssa,workers is not going down well with the general public,their cronies might agree, but this move has vexed the general public, i know because i heard the public today and Tricia Watson on today’s Brass Tacks showed up the folly of their actions. she took a lot of flack for her stance in various mediums of the media, but at least she stands for the betterment of Barbados.This type of bullying by any organization must stop,we must not allow individuals to hold our country to ransom because of their egos.

    • Olutoye Walrond July 9, 2015 at 3:44 am

      Villager, it would have been helpful if you had gone on to tell us what Akanni’s agenda is. And whether it’s a different agenda from that of Mary Redman, Pedro Shepherd, Leroy Trotman or Dennis Clarke.

      You are doing just what Miss. Watson did today: expressing personal opinions without backing them up with evidence.

      Or should we accept your voice as the voice of God?

  3. David July 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Villager, well said your are spot on, stopping the burial of love ones will turn your supporters against you , the young man has a lot to learn

  4. Patrick Blackman July 8, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    @villager. Agreed.

  5. villager. July 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm


  6. Patrick Blackman July 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    @villager. – OLUTOYE isn’t he the media guy (???), I thought that was their job to do the investigative work?

  7. villager. July 9, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Patrick my dear man maybe he is, oh yes methinks he arrived from a small rustic village like mine in the parish of st.John ,he’s a goodly chap.


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