Striking CBC employees to go back to work

Striking workers at the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will be back on the job tomorrow, in what their union, the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) said was a show of good faith ahead of talks between the state broadcaster and the BWU, initiated by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.

The union last night called off escalation of the protest over increments, after receiving an invitation from Byer-Suckoo for the meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at CBC in The Pine, St Michael.

However, BWU General Secretary Toni Moore said at the time the CBC workers would remain on strike for the seventh straight day pending the outcome of those talks, stating the union was being cautious because of broken promises by the radio, television and cable company.

The BWU now says keeping the employees off the job while the talks were taking place would not be an act of good faith, therefore, it had a change of heart.

“The CBC workers are resuming work on Wednesday. When the minister indicated to us that she was going to be meeting us on Wednesday, we recognized that we could not go into the meeting in good faith while workers remain on strike,” former General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman, who now acts as an advisor to Moore, told Barbados TODAY.

Still all is not settled as the former union boss revealed that Byer-Suckoo would miss her own meeting, much to the BWU’s dismay.

The minister had chaired the last meeting at which an agreement was reached on the payment of increments dating back to 2012.

“It is still a source of great disappointment that faster action was not taken. We are also disappointed that the minister did not inform us when she wrote us that she was not going to be personally present to be involved in the discussions. The office of the Minister of Labour will be involved and we have no fear about our own confidence, and we have respect for Senator [Harry] Husbands, who we understand will be chairing those meetings.

“As a measure of good faith we will resume work. We have advised management that workers will be on the job at 5 a.m. and we have urged that the normal respect from both workers and management will be observed and that there will be no silly incidents that would cause disruption outside of the main issues,” Sir Roy stressed.

13 Responses to Striking CBC employees to go back to work

  1. Carson C Cadogan October 4, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I hope that they realise that the BWU will have to pay them for the time on strike and off the job.

    Bunch of idiots.

    • Big Man October 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

      BWU buy a top of the line Duty Free Mercedees Benz for the Gen. Secretary they don’t have money to pay those workers.

      Next time wuuna gine strike find out first who gine pay wunna fuh gine pon strike

    • Rash Wain October 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      That’s a callous statement, it’s disrespectful to call people by derogatory names, it’s quite clear that members will not be compensated during industrial action… I think k that the term you used may be self related.

  2. Saga Boy October 4, 2017 at 6:08 am

    After all the talk bout remaining on strike dem going back to work. No wonder their membership is reducing. I pass there yesterday and there were no more than 15 workers sitting down.

  3. hcalndre October 4, 2017 at 6:50 am

    @CCC/Saga Boy; Sometimes it only takes one person to change things and if they lose a few days` pay to get their message through, so be, it took one woman to change the bus segregation in the south by not giving up her seat to a white. Membership would be on the decline because most of the work places do not have a union shop, where you cannot work unless you are a member of the union, it should be that if you are not unionized, you should not benefit from what the union got for its members.

    • Jennifer October 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      @hcalndre – That woman was an idiot too. Think.

  4. Saga Boy October 4, 2017 at 7:59 am

    What the union is doing is immoral. It is wrong. If they say they are broke where is the money going to come from? Makes no sense.

    • roger headley October 4, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Where did the 10% restored to MPs come from? Well get it from the same place

      • Big Man October 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

        Roger Rabbit the 10% was restored you know what restored means
        Go to the back of the class. tell your Muumy buy a dictionary for you.
        Educated no common sense

        • hcalndre October 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

          @Big Man; So you`re saying that the 10% was stored in a safe somewhere every month for the politicians? Check the context of the Rabbit said.

          • Big Man October 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

            hcalndre I know you are Educated and have common sense.
            You can sit at the front of the class.

  5. Greengiant October 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Useless strike action again.

  6. Thunder October 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Stand up stand up stand up for your rights, but please get your money after the fight!


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