No deal in BIDC and NUPW row

After eight hours of talks under the chairmanship of Minister of Labour Esther Byer, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) have reached a stalemate. And it will be up to the courts to decide the matter.

Minister pf Labour Esther Byer
Minister pf Labour Esther Byer

The two sides failed to settle their differences over the forced retirement of BIDC employees who have reached the age of 60.

NUPW President Akanni McDowall (left) and acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith state different positions on intensity of protests during tomorrow’s talks with BIDC.
NUPW President Akanni McDowall (left) and acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith speaking to reporters yesterday.

With no resolution possible, the BIDC decided to take the matter to court. The union, which said it was willing to end industrial action if the retired workers were called back while the issue went through the legal process, has now said a decision on Phase 3 of industrial action will be made tomorrow.

Byer expressed disappointed that a settlement could not be reached, and accused both sides violating industrial relations protocols.

7 Responses to No deal in BIDC and NUPW row

  1. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole July 10, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Good Job Mr. McDowall! Stand your ground!

  2. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels July 10, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Cock-a-doodle-doo ..

  3. Gearbox1964 July 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

    This administration hasn’t won a court case since it took office in 2008. It lost to Shanique Myrie and Raul Garcia, and it will lose to the NUPW.
    I think it is only fair that the workers be allowed to return to work, or receive full pay at home, while the matter is being trashed out in court.
    And not to be disrespectful to Minister Byer, but has she ever been able to broker a deal in a labour dispute?

  4. Patrick Blackman July 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

    As I had said from the start, this was just a case of the interpretation of law. The unions were just playing the fool.

  5. dave July 10, 2015 at 9:39 am

    did you expect Ms. Byer to make difference , Mr Patrick Blackman ? Meeting with Byer was a waste of time. the BIDC is wrong and strong just like a typical female- CEO and wants to have the last word -not giving in although they are wrong-typical feminine nonsense . The Law that BIDC is hinging on was amended -changed – to harmonize the retirement age of people working in the Public service and statutory corporations to conform with the NIS age of retirement –how difficult is that to comprehend ? OK if you go to Court , the workers should be re-employed until there is judgement. The BIDC could have given the NUPW the courtesy of informing them that they were sending home the workers. The CEO said that she did not inform the NUPW. She said so on Brass Tacks Sunday. In general this Government is doing bare foolishness and should not get two seats in the next election far less win UM !!! Elections come Now !!! leh we vote out this bunch of wild boys/girls –

  6. Depablo July 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Well said Dave!!

  7. Patrick Blackman July 10, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    @dave, as I have said before, how is it possible that you can be even more dense than you normally are, I find it quite amazing.


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