Rotherley workers walk off the job

Talks are underway between the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) and management of Rotherley Construction Inc., after workers walked off the job at the company’s Warrens headquarters this morning.
Close to 100 workers gathered in the company’s yard to protest changes to their contracts.
Employee Phillip Mohammed told Barbados TODAY he was puzzled by his new job description and wanted the details of the contract explained so he could be clear.
“You have to know what you are working for,” he said, explaining that workers who did not sign the new contracts were asked to visit the office today.
“So, we are here and I don’t know what is the other move from here.”
Shop Steward Matthew Gill described the action as a “small matter” between the company and its workers.
“It’s a little bit of a contentious issue. The workers are having some problem with it [the new contract] so that is what we are dealing with now,” he said.
Gill was confident, however, that the issues would be settled at today’s talks.

23 Responses to Rotherley workers walk off the job

  1. Jennifer May 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    All of this slave/servitude ….. and big fish eating little fish conundrum to this people soon over. Time is a great healer and sorter out of things, both past and present. 🙂

  2. Savannah Summers
    Savannah Summers May 15, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Wait… the people show up to visit the office to clarify their new contracts and they’ve walked off the job?? My goodness…

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray May 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      They walked off the job site, that their were assign too.

  3. moses May 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    peter is this comment blatant racism? is this a good forum for your issues

    • Peter May 15, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I am sorry you misinterpreted my comment No racism intented. But now that you mentioned that, It is a wholly owned and operated white Jewish consortium. All management positions are filled by whites. even their office is manned by white staff. Now Moses, go set your people free…

      • Milli Watt May 15, 2017 at 5:49 pm

        @ Peter I happen to know the janitor Peter………you guessed it Black

  4. Helicopter(8P) May 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Spectrum analyses !! So you have done some resurch? It’s good to run some resurch on who your intended employer is going to be! Good work Peter!

  5. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith May 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    This article is very conflicting.

  6. Alex Alleyne May 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    “They” call us “Liquid Money”.

    • Jennifer May 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      @Alex Alleyne – in more ways than one. Melanin is now selling for 396 US dollars a gram, worth more than gold, silver, platinum, palladium, rhodium, and coltan. A gram of gold is $37.19.

      • Jerry May 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

        I am surprised that Rotherly Construction is still able in this 9 year disaster that is the Barbados Economy to still employ 100 workers and pay their wages. Also I know for a fact that Rotherly is not a Jewish owned Company . If I was the owners of this once successful Construction Company I would closed my Doors and wait for a change in Government and hopefully a recovery in Investor Confidence and the Barbados Economy. I am sure they would loose less money that way.

  7. Saga Boy May 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    B@Peter and Jennifer. You have both described what most capitalism businessmen white and black do in BIM. There will always be a slave/servitude relationship as long as capitalism exist. What is your solution? This is perhaps a simple problem…employees receive a contact they are uncomfortable with and contact their union who is dealing with the matter. They will be back on the job tomorrow morning.

    • VoR May 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you Saga Boy. They are always coming with this racial crap. It’s not always about that.

  8. Alex Alleyne May 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Even if you disagree with both of them “RACISM IS NOT CRAP”.

    • VoR May 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Never said it was. It’s just that they bring race into everything unnecessarily.

    • Jennifer May 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      @Alex – Well said, And that is the problem right there, a blatant state of willful blindness and ignorance. As i said all in good time.

  9. Dave Person
    Dave Person May 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I overheard two labour workers talking about a concrete mixer that stop working with them. apparently you have to pay for equipment damages at this place.

    • Jennifer May 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Only these type of things happen to this people. Who sit and allow themselves to get down trodden and stand for their garbage in the name of work. With a population of 95% black we should NEVER be running after the 1% it should be the other way around.

      • Jennifer May 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm

        I see nothing wrong with Peter’s comment at all. His comment can be said about the majority of businesses right here in Barbados too. Exploitation of the meek.

        • Milli Watt May 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

          @ Jennifer at least this crowd stand up you got another group who got the mortgage, car payment, 1 1/2 child and at least a family trip annually to protect. I don’t see that among the faces of the men in the pic who they are always cursing saying they don’t want work. I likes a lot.

  10. Milli Watt May 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I am enjoying the industrial relations environment pitty dat union has to be involved…….. but then again

  11. moses May 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    sorry jen, peter, seems to me black in BIM treat other black worse than white even Jews treat them wake up.socioeconomic
    outlook. get over yourselves opportunity is every where in Bim only you limit yourself. I am white, and yes J. yes i employ several Blacks and whites. i pay $375US per week is that exploitation? do you want a job? here in canada minimum wage is 10.50 cdn

  12. Orlando May 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I would like to let the public or the people that don’t know to stop the foolish talk it was not what happen it was the job description that we were trying to get solved it to broad it need to bought to level playing field where the work can work happy an not angry so please don’t judge


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