More BWU members to join CBC strike

The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) today advised Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo of its intention to escalate the industrial action at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to include more of its members.

“You are advised that the Council has given approval for this action to be escalated and expanded across our membership,” General Secretary Toni Moore said in a letter to Byer Suckoo, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY.

“This correspondence now serves to advise you that the action is being escalated without giving further notice. We will be including the Barbados Water Authority as the first point in the escalation exercise since the same disrespect for the honouring of agreement on increments is being demonstrated by this particular organization as well.”

She also advised the Labour Minister that the BWU will be holding a general meeting of its committees of management on Monday, October 2, when it will be entertaining volunteers who feel equally aggrieved and wish to “enter into solidarity support in this national exercise with the BWU”.

About 50 workers at the state-run radio, television and cable outfit walked off the job on Wednesday complaining about pay.

At issue are four increments dating back to November 2012.

Based on an agreement reached under the chairmanship of Minister Byer Suckoo, unionized CBC workers were expecting that the increments would have been paid across-the-board.

However, after receiving their pay packs this week, some workers, who are already at the top of their pay scales, were both surprised and disappointed to learn that they would not be benefiting from the latest pay deal.

Moore in her letter advised the Minister that the Executive Council of the Barbados Workers’ Union has fully sanctioned industrial action at the CBC.

60 Responses to More BWU members to join CBC strike

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor September 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Look shut down CBC and pay out d workers man…. Stupse… Damn albatross……

  2. Carson C Cadogan September 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The BWU is using CBC as a test case against the Govt. They are looking to see how this issue will, even though they don’t have a leg to stand on, pan out so that they use it as a template in other areas.

    This BWU is only about creating trouble for the country.

  3. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph September 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    What is the strike about? If someone is at the upper limits of their pay band, wouldn’t an increment put them outside of their grade and into a higher grade that would mean a promotion?

    • Michele Antoinette
      Michele Antoinette September 30, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Why can’t someone tell her that?

    • Maria Benn
      Maria Benn September 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      They can’t get an increment. They are in fact at the maximum in their particular salary scale. Why is that so difficult for them to comprehend?

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman September 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      It seems dat de general Secretary don’t know this. One has to asked pray tell does she really know IR

  4. Harlow Broomes
    Harlow Broomes September 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    How can you have an increment above you pay scale?

  5. Robin John
    Robin John September 30, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    The power of the strike is being diminished if you strike every minute for everything. Especially when there are no wins.

  6. Sue Donym September 30, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I think we’re owed a little more on this. May we know how many and what percentage of CBC staff didn’t receive the backpay?
    Would BWU tell us whether Caswell Franklyn’s analysis is correct as to why those unpaid are not entitled to the payment?
    Is the BWA section added in support of CBC or in a separate but similar protest? If it’s in support of CBC, did they have Franklyn’s opinion prior to this decision? Has any attempt been made to discuss the apparent discrepancy with CBC decision-makers in light of the new information and given the fact that it is only now some percentage of unpaid staff?

    It seems the dispute is no longer whether or when a payment should be made, so perhaps a de-escalation (mediation if necessary) is in order, at least at CBC.

  7. Donild Trimp September 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    “after receiving their pay packs this week, some workers, who are already at the top of their pay scales, were both surprised and disappointed to learn that they would not be benefiting from the latest pay deal”.

    These workers would have to be some of the most ignorant entitled people to ever hold a job.

    You are at the top of your pay scale. You cannot go any higher in your pay scale. What are you striking for?

    The PM should fire all of you lazy entitled people..

  8. Roger Alleyne
    Roger Alleyne September 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    A one off lump sum payment which would not increase ur monthly salary

    • Jennifer October 1, 2017 at 8:36 am

      OK – Or adjust the terms of payment not to include an increment once you reach the top of your pay scale.

  9. Alex Alleyne September 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    As expected , but no one address CASWELL’s point……

  10. Decourcey Hutson September 30, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I hope when the BWA workers go on strike and they don’t get paid that they wouldn’t be vex

  11. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas September 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Not a cent CB C

    The station is in debt try and see that the workers are not sent on the breadline.

  12. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I want more information on this strike .

  13. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    People at the top of the scale don’t get increments. Only those at the bottom are the ones who are entitled to increments.

  14. Saga Boy September 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    This is unbelievable. The union can’t be serious if the company say they n got money. I passed there yesterday and only a handful of workers do were marching. They can’t even get the CBC staff to come out and they want to involve the BWA? Give me a break.

  15. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 30, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    What are the requirements for being a Union leader??????

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 30, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      A degree in donkeyology.

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman September 30, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      Getting a BMW off de membership dues.

    • Sherlock Holmes. September 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      A degree in JACKASSOLOGY.

  16. MARIA Holder September 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Excuse me, the increments go back to 2012. Were they at the top of their scales then?

  17. hcalndre September 30, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Most bajans seem to be anti union and Unions would always have a problem when there`s a dispute and some of the workers are unionized and others are not. The union must find a way with owners or management that agree to have a union shop and its mandatory to be in the union to work, because the non members should fight their own cases and do not benefit from anything that they are not part of, such as pay raises.

  18. Nickk Moore
    Nickk Moore September 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Dale Worrell

  19. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman September 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    If you reach your maximum grade your not entitled to increments. But if you want a raise that is quite different. BTW is the calling out their membership only fa CBC benefit because the entire public sector should get a raise. Us this calling out to spite de minister for revealing de dues paying for a beamer dat you can’t show what you do to be rewarded with a perk. You was quick to march fa de business class but you get call out by de pot and the kettle flexing muscles. I hope who gine march wid you that you plan to pay dem once dem on de picket line.

  20. Tont Thornhill October 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Tony Thornhill
    October 1 2017 at 104 am

    I think that that the Minister of Labout is a dud How could she sit down and agree to this and not know it is not possible. Don’t blame the workers. When you lie down in a bed you must take what it gives

  21. Dwyte A. Bishop
    Dwyte A. Bishop October 1, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Just a question though, how does industrial action @ CBC directly impact on the general public. A break in quality programming from both the radio and television stations?

  22. Sherlock Holmes. October 1, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Disruption 2017 the agenda.

  23. Tony Webster October 1, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Bedfellows of strange friends; fish that fly; birds of a feather that flock together; those that that walk- and-talk, of Kings and cabbages…and sweet nothings whispered…promises made of pure convenience, and glorious garments woven of spiders silk. Schemes and dreams of those who beguile, but shall face the cold hard truth, when all is revealed.
    Thanks be to God that he sleeps not, and all will be revealed in good time. Lord, Bless and keep safe, Mr.Leigh Trotman. Amen.

  24. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside October 1, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Shut it down– get DEM out

  25. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    my understanding is this was monies owed to people from 2012, wha this is 2017….this government believe dem only know how to spend , squander, teeth, w rite checks, put back the 10%, while others smelling hell…..i don’t know what it gine take to rid dem.

  26. Alex Alleyne October 1, 2017 at 7:26 am

    With all the STRIKES this year and having people/members out in the sweltering hear walking up and down in the hot boiling sun singing “we shall over come” , what changes have been done by Government to satisfied the UNIONS.
    Please list them ………

  27. Alex Alleyne October 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Any group needing an increase in pay is the RBPF.

  28. straight talk October 1, 2017 at 9:01 am

    CBC is still operating well with the remaining staff on duty so this tells me that the cash strap CBC should start start cutting staff but elections is around the corner.

  29. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis October 1, 2017 at 9:56 am

    What an ugly woman My God.

  30. Loretta Griffith October 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Barbados is really paying a high price for EGO. We really need a Thatcher or Reagan to clip the wings of these so-called bullies and political bandits masquerading as servants of the people.

  31. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 1, 2017 at 10:55 am

    What is the problem? Can’t we resolve these issues without damaging an already fragile and indebted economy ?

  32. algy cox October 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Toni ‘srike’ Moore…..

  33. Ras October 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

    The taxpayers giving the Union Duty Free Top of the line Mercedees Benz to disrupt, bully, intimidate and terrorize the Country, I never saw that kind of disruption for the Royal Shop Delegate, Never saw it for Sandy Lane Workers.
    Oh how I wish Tom Adams was around to deal with these Infidels masquerading as workers representatives.

  34. clint October 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Something doesn’t seem right about the info. Why should there be an agreement to pay workers increments retroactively? As a government employee in an established position, your salary is incremented annually until you reach maximum. So what is the real deal? Was the board delinquent in paying persons in established posts increments? Are these non-established posts that were created and have now become established, hence retroactive increments. If these two situations are not the case, then more info needs to he had as to the agreement on “retroactive increments”. These are the questions that need to be answered before one can deems the union’s position wrong.

  35. Petra October 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    she ca real. if you are at the top what more do you expect to get. pay them out what foils

  36. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan October 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    When will Trotman move on and remove his self from the Union and stop trying to destroy the country? I have said it on many an occasion that the Union has outlived its life expectancy and all that it can do is bark because it has no teeth!

  37. Milli Watt October 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    A S Bryden retrenching and this BWU working to send home employees quietly. CBC keeping people employed and this BWU call a strike when it knows better can’t be done.

  38. Milli Watt October 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I observe that this woman always picking a fight wid FRUNS. I SUSPECT THIS IS WHAT SHE MEAN WHEN SHE SAY IT AIN’T DUN. She should call her side kick from de NUPW an finish what dey start.

  39. archy perch October 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Send home Trotty. Little spiteful old man pull the BWU outta CTUSAB cause he could not get his way. Needs to go home and keep his wife company instead of Toni.

  40. Carson C Cadogan October 1, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    This woman is real idiot.

    No wonder the other races like to make laughing sport at Black people in Barbados.

    She is fighting tooth and nail to undermine a Black Management team at CBC.

    If the CBC was run by CHARLES HERBERT, BIZZY WILLIAMS or EDDY ABED, she and INCHES would keep forty yards off it. Too afraid to challenge the WHITE man.

    • Jennifer October 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Programming. Don’t worry it might soon be run by them.

      • Jennifer October 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

        It might even be run better. And all will keep silent and really earn their pay.

    • Big man October 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      She does got she secret meetings with Herbert up Haggatt Hall at the Ivory Towers
      Old ugly sell out

  41. Loretta Griffith October 1, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I am not casting aspersions, but something tells me the minister of labour made a booboo( pardon the pun). I’ll reserve any further comment.
    God help Barbados!

  42. Loretta Griffith October 2, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Even if the labour minister made a booboo, as a responsible union who knows right from wrong they should inform the striking CBC employees that a gross mistake has been made and we are prepared to mend fences in the interest of what is fair and just.
    Half a loaf is better than no loaf at all.

  43. Ossie Moore October 2, 2017 at 9:35 am

    May I ask !! For whom does the the B W U extend well wishes and togetherness? To self or Nationality ? I believe to be in the press every other day during crisis times as these seems to be grandstanding the occasion over an already droughted harvest!

  44. Toyota Car October 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

    The Minister of Labour made a booboo? How? She is trying to bring about a settlement and had nothing to do with the former agreements. Blame the DLP for everything Lorerra but we need a strong opposition in Parliament. The BLP- your party- is a strong opposition.

  45. Loretta Griffith October 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Toyota Car
    My party has not been formed as yet. I belong to the PIP not the KAP. I also try to be as objective as possible.
    If I accuse the Minister wrongfully, please accept my apologies. Based on my readings I thought she was the one who signed the agreement but am uderstanding it appears to be a previous chairmanship.
    I hope they reach an agreement soon.

  46. Toyota Car October 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    You see Loretta that’s the problem. The agreements are signed between the BWU and the CBC Board. Dr. Suckoo is not even Minister responsible for CBC. But people tend to blame the DLP Miniters for everything under the sun everything except their own stupidity. She is the Labour Minister. But those striking fools will loose their jobs trust me. That place CBC has always been loaded with BLP supporters now is the time to get rid of them. Idiots. Playing the idiot game of yardfowl politics for scratchgrain. A few more dollars as opposed to a steady job in this difficuly economic space. SMH

  47. Loretta Griffith October 2, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Toyota Car
    I have said before and will continue to say that I hope Prime Stuart stand his ground and do not give in to the unjustified demands of Sir Roy and Miss Moore. I have always said you should fight fire with fire, not water as is suggested by a caller using the analogy of the fire service. If they do not have the money to pay what should they pay them with? Blood from stone? Bare hypocrites still kissing Massa’s backside. Now more evident than ever.
    I wished I had power. I would surely carry the fight to Sir Roy and Miss Moore. We would all be bullies. I wonder if they like what they see when they look in the mirror?


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