Strike hold

BWU suspends escalation of ongoing strike

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) has suspended its threat to escalate the ongoing strike at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) over increments, after receiving an invitation this evening from Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo to a meeting at the CBC at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

As a result, workers of the Barbados Water Authority (BWU) who today came out in support of their fellow union members nearby, will return to normal duty tomorrow.

However, in an apparent deviation from the norm in industrial relations protocol, the CBC employees will remain on strike pending the outcome of Wednesday’s talks.

President of the CBC division of the BWU Kent Jerson addressing the striking workers this morning.

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore explained that the union was being cautious because the state broadcaster had broken its promises to the workers.

She went on to state that the minister’s letter did not indicate a sense of urgency, given that the meeting is being held no earlier than Wednesday morning. . .

“I prefer use of the word ‘caution’ because under normal industrial relations circumstances, especially where a strike is at the stage that this one is at, on day six, a meeting like this should not have been proposed almost 48 hours after the time it [the letter] was delivered. So that is not normal circumstances,” Moore said late this evening  at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters where a meeting had been held with shop stewards to discuss the way forward.

“So that our approach to continue the strike isn’t unusual. We continue the strike until the point we are entering the meeting to contemplate some resolution.”

In any event, the BWU leader made it clear the union would not tolerate any attempts by the Minister of Labour or CBC to renegotiate an agreement that had already been reached under Byer-Suckoo’s chairmanship for across-the-board payment of increments.

The union contends that the state-run radio, television and cable outfit reneged on the agreement.

“If it is their intention [to renegotiate], that is unacceptable because an agreement has already been reached and that agreement needs to be honoured, for all and not just for some,” Moore insisted.

The BWU on Saturday advised the minister of its intention to escalate the industrial action to include more of its members, beginning with the BWA, whose employees Moore said had suffered “the same disrespect for the honouring of agreement on increments”.   

The union kept to its word today, as BWA workers joined the picketing CBC workers, stating that they had no difficulty joining their colleagues because their fight was the same.

“I keep saying to you that CBC is linked to the Water Authority in terms of the increments. CBC first got theirs about two or three years before us, we got a part of ours after that. In both instances half of the agreement has been kept by both of the management but the last part has not been kept,” Carl Boyce, the BWU’s division leader at the water company, said in reference to a March 2016 agreement with the BWA on increments.

Boyce also warned that the workers were in the fight for the long haul, and were fast growing weary with the banter on the issue as he urged the union to “up de ting” to apply pressure at both statutory corporations.

Source: (CM/RG)

10 Responses to Strike hold

  1. Milli Watt October 2, 2017 at 11:08 pm


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  2. archy perch October 3, 2017 at 4:59 am

    The facts are that CBC is over staffed. Two hundred and forty-six employees????Wow! VOB operates on a skeleton staff and does more producing. They also hire on contracts. Now is the time to rid CBC of some BLP yardfowls inside the Corporation Doug. People like Bernard Payne and Jewel Forde and the like.Those ignorant strikers minding the stupid irrelevant BWU and staying off the job for a losing cause in this tough economy? I would have to break ranks to keep my job, especially coming up to Christmas. Trust me gang, YOU WILL BE FIRED.

    • Roger Headley October 3, 2017 at 6:07 am

      I would have to break ranks to keep my job, especially coming up to Christmas.

      Yes Archy, you are the type of Barbadians that exist today. No unity – every man for his own craw – and then we wonder why as a people we cannot achieve anything. Christmas is about Christ, not you and your ham Archy – and Christ will be provide because it is in His Word that a man is only as good as his word. You know the heart of a man by whether he is true to what he has said and or promised.

      You are a snake Archy

  3. MARIA Holder October 3, 2017 at 6:01 am

    And the Chair wants to say that CBC is broke. The following is a start to help with the finances:
    Stop paying the couple thousands monthly to the former Head teacher who is already getting a Head teacher pension
    Get rid of the political analyst
    Get rid of the person who is a corporate communication specialist in another place
    Get rid of the man that likes to pretend he is JOHN the Baptist (Lovtist)

    Wunna got nuff people up dey that the full time staff can do the same job far better. If wunna want my help I could come back another day and mention the rest.

    • MARIA Holder October 3, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Oh I forgot. The first person to get rid of is Doug Hoyte. Should never have been there – did not, does not and will never have a clue. Also get rid of the Chairman. He on my TV talking about conversation he had in the corridor. I know they say more deals are closed on the golf course but he now talking about corridor talk. It was was was decided in the Board Room, Chap.

  4. Carson C Cadogan October 3, 2017 at 7:43 am

    The St. Lucia Govt. recently closed down their equivalent CBC. St. Lucia broadcasting.

    Now is the time for Barbados to do the same here. CBC is really a waste of time either close it down or substantially reduce its scope and get rid of all the dead weight on its payroll.

    • roger headley October 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Carson boy, we finally agree on something. Have a word with your boss.

  5. 3rdsun October 3, 2017 at 8:06 am

    CBC for SALE

  6. Sue Donym October 3, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Should we ignore the recent revelation by Ms Moore that the pay that’s in dispute amounts to a “penalty” on CBC for not having a working appraisal process?
    1. Why can’t CBC commit to devising and implementing a performance appraisal system?
    2. Might one conclude that the acceptance of such a penalty signals that this is not a priority
    3. Is the penalty – in addition to earned pay – a wise use of authority and of funds?
    4. Who is willing to stop this runaway train?

  7. Gearbox1964 October 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Elections coming soon and wunna expect CBC to get shutdown? How wunna expect de DEMs to put up a fight without some TV ad of an old woman hiding she cat cause she afraid of what might happen to it if Mia becomes PM. lol


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