NUPW compromises on its 16 per cent pay demand

There is still no agreement to the bitter pay impasse between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and management of the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. (GAIA Inc.)

At the end of another round of negotiations this afternoon, NUPW President Akanni McDowall emerged with news that the union had put a new set of proposals on the table. He also said he expected a speedy response from the airport’s management.

However, McDowall is keeping details of this latest proposal close to his chest even though Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that in its quest to ensure that the workers have something more in their pay packs for Christmas, the union has compromised on its demand for a 16 per cent pay hike over three years.

The NUPW is therefore prepared to accept six per cent this year, in the hope of returning to the bargaining table next year to discuss the other two years under negotiation, according to one official.

In the meantime, industrial action by the airport workers has been put on hold, in anticipation of a favourable response from management of GAIA Inc.

10 Responses to NUPW compromises on its 16 per cent pay demand

  1. Hal Austin December 6, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I am still waiting to see the arithmetic on which this fantasy claim is based.
    NUPW members should be pleased they still have jobs.

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 6, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I am glad workers are getting representation after such a long time when the unions forget they members.

  3. Loretta Griffith December 6, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I hope with Mr Akanni McDowall’s new wage proposals he remembers that the police, nurses, teachers and civil servants should also get an increase in pay. This means that the national pie has/have to be divided amongst all. Not only airport workers.
    Next is what quantum can the economy withstand? I sincerely hope commonsense prevails.
    BARBADOS belong to all of us, not DLP nor BLP.

  4. mac December 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Loretta Griffith, what national pie are you talking about.? There is no pie.The little pie we had has been shared to the selected few.

    Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. (GAIA Inc.) workers are not Civil Servants. Stop making that suggestion. It is what GAIA Inc. can afford and it appears as though they can afford what the union is asking.

    I say to the union to stick to your guns. If the price to pay is national strike for as long as it takes the slave masters to wake up and realize it is 2016 and not 1816 so be it.

  5. Geoff Small December 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Mr. McDowall, the democratic thing to do, is to let the membership vote to accept or not accept the contract. Should they turn it down, then you would have reason to continue negotiating. Prolonging this conflict without going to the membership only feeds your autocratic leadership and your ego. I believe you fear that they may accept the contract and then your grandstanding is diminished.

  6. BaJan boy December 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    @Hal Austin I agree with the other guy who said you are quite confusing and I beleive it has to do with the fact that they say you live outside Bim and you are always an authority on everything and in many instances quite senseless as the comment you are making to this article.

  7. Sherlock Holmes. December 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Mr Small you really believe that he is really an integral part of these negotiations? He is in the room yes but the only thing he has learned so far as it relates to unionism is the words STRIKE.

  8. Loretta Griffith December 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Mac enlighten me about the selected few. If there is a select few, then that should not be.
    First we are all Barbadians, I hope! Anything which affects one usually effects ALL. Rapid rise in cost of living, deteriorating infrastructure, work ethics and most important lack of integrity.
    When some persons tell you to walk you have got to ask them how fast to run instead?
    This little Island need revolutionizing. My hope and pray is for someone to take the bull by the horn and do what is in the interest of this Little Rock. Enforce all the necessary laws and STOP PLAYING POLITICS. Stop telling persons what you think they want to hear, but may not be advantageous.

  9. Mike December 6, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Dear Loretta , the GAIA is a statutory corporation , not the Civil Service. Gaia made profits for the past 6 years, the Govt. is in deficit. Profit and productivity is what pays salaries, not numbers in the RED !!! PAY THE GAIA WORKERS PLEASE.

  10. Loretta Griffith December 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Well Mike, based on what you just said there might be profits and productivity (productivity, which is very important) so may be they can get a reasonable increase in pay. But remember we all live here and our cost of living is spiralling out of control. I say that to say this, all government workers should get an increase, not only GAIA workers.
    Let me close by saying that all workers deserve an increase in pay.


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