Airport pay dispute still unresolved

The pay dispute between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Inc is still not settled, with the two sides failing to reach agreement during their latest round of talks.

After the two sides met last week, NUPW President Akanni McDowall had told Barbados TODAY that the negotiations were positive.

McDowall had also said the airport management was expected to get back to the union quickly on a new set of proposals the NUPW had placed on the table. However, when contacted today all McDowall would say was that negotiations were continuing.

The union, which has suspended industrial action at the airport while the discussions are ongoing, had been demanding a 16 per cent pay hike for the 400 airport workers over a
three-year period.

But a source close to the talks had told Barbados TODAY that in an effort to ensure workers received something in their pockets for Christmas, the demand had been revised downward to six per cent for this year, with the expectation that the two sides would later return to the bargaining table.

The airport had countered the initial demand with an offer of 15.5 per cent over three years.

Cabinet is understood to have vetoed both proposals, insisting that any pay increase for GAIA workers would have to be in line with what public servants received.

2 Responses to Airport pay dispute still unresolved

  1. Geoff Small December 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Take the offer of 15.5% over 3 yr to the membership for a vote, Mr. McDowall. Your new offer is ridiculous. Why would an employer change the 3yr. term to 1yr. and be in continuous negotiating and work disruption. You are not at all serious about putting money in the workers pocket. In fact, the government should demand that you take the offer to your membership. This holding out for “5% looks ridiculous from this end.

  2. Greengiant December 13, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    This young man and his gutless experienced comrades in the NUPW are like a blind or blindfolded team playing at the special Olympics without a rattler. The odds are against them due to the political decided within.


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