CBC to pay

Marathon meeting ends in pay agreement

After close to ten hours of deliberation, the management of the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has backed down from its position on the disputed payment of four increments, which led to a seven-day strike of workers.

In a statement released immediately after today’s marathon talks, chaired by Senator Harry Husbands at the state broadcaster’s office at The Pine, St Michael, CBC’s General Manager Doug Hoyte apologized to members of the BWU for the impasse.

CBC’s General Manager Doug Hoyte

Hoyte acknowledged that an agreement was reached for the payment of the increments “but that there was a genuine misunderstanding on the corporation’s part about the terms and conditions of the payment.

He also explained that both sides had agreed to meet again on Friday to determine how CBC would pay the outstanding differences.

However, speaking to the media tonight, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore said that she was disappointed that the union had to take drastic action for CBC to honour its agreement.

BWU General Secretry Toni Moore speaking to the media following today’s meeting.

“CBC has accepted the position that we have been advancing all along and the general manager has agreed that a failure to honour that agreement has led to the workers walking off the job last week. Efforts are now being made not to defend the corporation’s position but that efforts would be made over the next 24 hours to come back to report how they plan to honour the agreement that was reached since August,” Moore said.

“It is never a victory when one has to go to the extent of an industrial action and have workers off the job for seven days to prove a point that should not have been in contention in the first place. So I am not so sure I want to use the word victory,” she added, stressing that the success of the industrial action proved that her union, which observed its 76th birthday today, did not enter into disputes lightly.

“The success proves that the executive council of the Barbados Workers’ Union is not an organization that is willy nilly or fly-by-night that makes reckless pronouncements. It is a union that understands the facts and understands its role and we are happy that others who want to see will recognize in studying this impasse that we mean business,” said the BWU boss.

About 50 workers at the state-run radio, television and cable outfit walked off the job last Wednesday over the issue of increments, which dates back to November 2012.

Based on an agreement reached under the chairmanship of Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo, unionized CBC workers were expecting that the increments would have been paid across-the-board. However, after receiving their pay packs last week, some workers, who are already at the top of the pay scale, were both surprised and disappointed to learn that they would not be benefiting from the latest pay deal. The strike was escalated on Monday to include workers from the Barbados Water Authority.

26 Responses to CBC to pay

  1. The Negrocrat October 5, 2017 at 2:56 am


  2. Greengiant October 5, 2017 at 6:48 am

    This also proves that persons in authority are prepared to do the right thing for the workers when called upon to do so. It also proves that some Managers of government institutions can’t understand the agreements they’ve reached. Talk about “square pecs in round holes”.

  3. Patrick October 5, 2017 at 7:04 am

    CBC is broke, pay them and then send them home.

  4. hcalndre October 5, 2017 at 7:44 am

    @Patrick; would you be satisfied to work for the same pay as long as you are working? I would love to have you and some others work for me.

  5. Nicole October 5, 2017 at 8:04 am

    CBC was never wrong, the problem with CBC is that it probably has a poor industrial relations specialist and hence the UNION was able to use their considerable might to force a favorable outcome. In most cases the outcome of labour disputes has little to do with right or wrong but on the ability to absorb or apply pressure.

  6. Alex Alleyne October 5, 2017 at 8:40 am


    • roger headley October 5, 2017 at 8:53 am

      CBC workers are taxpayers. INCREMENTS

  7. roger headley October 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

    As much as I think Mr. Hoyte should be fired, I respect the fact that he can admit to making a mistake. A good example for our leaders and especially our MPs

  8. Sue Donym October 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Now we’ll all pay for a poor exercise of authority; failure to implement a performance appraisal system; more money down the CBC sinkhole. Should we pretend the reason for this impasse isn’t chronic donothingness?

  9. Milli Watt October 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    wait 246 workers minus 50 equals…….carry the one add 6 minus 40,000 ahhhhhhh 196 on the job. Me thinks there is something fishy here no wonder the overstaffed BWA jump in after a day to make up the numbers and threats to escalate. Was about to say FRUNS 1 she 1 but this win still in question. Score is FRUNS 1 she 0 until the stewards enquiry

  10. Milli Watt October 5, 2017 at 9:40 am

    as for Doug Hoyte he needs to start reading the news instead a the labels off glass bottles. Clearly that kind a reading is clouding his judgement.

  11. 3rdsun October 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

    CBC cave-in like Arch Cot, when dust settles causalities will be revelled.

  12. Native Bajan October 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Just think of it ; here in the U S A which is one of the most productive nations of the world and Barbados can fit into just about 700,ooo times increments are of such $0.10 and $0.15

  13. Bajan October 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Since CBC management admitted that they were wrong, will they get fired for embarrassing the government and putting the entire country through this unnecessary and avoidable ordeal?

  14. harry turnover October 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Can someone tell me how ANY worker at the TOP of ANY scale can receive INCREMENTS….someone needs to tell Toni Moore that INCREMENTS CEASE when one reaches the TOP OF THE SCALE
    If those workers are to receive more money that would be tantamount to a salary INCREASE and how can the Union therefore sanction a salary increase for those at the top and not for those who are not at the top ?
    Who is smiling here ? not those striking workers for sure for some of them would soon be on the breadline while the GM and those at the top would be skinning de teet all the way to the Banks like cheshire cats.
    Looks as though the striking workers were MISLEAD BIG TIME and were in fact striking for the big boys to get a SALARY INCREASE.
    @ Nicole…..you certainly knew what went on.

  15. Johnathan October 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Why the Minister of Labour didn’t come they send Harry with one intention. He was to come and settle all POLITICAL…

  16. Freeagent October 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks to Senator Harry Husbands for chairing the meeting between CBC and the BWU. If anyone could bring about a positive resolution it is you Senator Harry. What the union did in the end they could have done in the beginning – meet with the CBC and discuss the matter. COMMUNICATION.

  17. Thunder October 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Frankly the government could have lent C.B.C the money,from the cash cow!

  18. Tony Webster October 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Guinness Book of World Records, please take note on our nomination for Most Glorious Monopolistic Undertakings : only monopoly TV station, that has accumulated deficits of $125 Big Ones. Whew, imagine if C.B.C. was asked to run a rum shop….or a Q thing. EVAHBODY would be happy….taxpayers excepted.

    BTW 1: when last were their audited Financial Statements laid in Parliament?

    BTW 2: will these increments restore the viability of CBC, or precipitate a major cost-cutting exercise?
    Hint: a lotta, lotta of “Dog’s Dinners”… will be left for others to clean-up…

  19. hcalndre October 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Its about time that Union workers in Barbados have a leader to fight their cases and not be members of the DLP parading as Union leaders. Are the workers that refused to join their brothers and sisters in the dispute are eligible for any of the increments? are they union members? they would be a shameless bunch to accept any of that money especially the two Talk hosts. One said that on his way into work he saw BWA workers joining the CBC workers which he said was a foolish act. The other one said she has a problem Sir Roy the Unions, and she could not be a part of the dispute, well the other guy works pro bono but crossing a picket line is another issue. Malcolm X always spoke of the house negroes. Keep up the fight Miss. Toni Moore.

  20. Tennyson Drakes October 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Personally, I think it was a “bullying” tactic used by the Union. Also, if the truth is to be told, some one should inform the Unions in Barbados that they are really “relics”.

  21. Lorenzo October 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    GreenGiant,Saga Boy ,CCC,Big Man and /milli Watt,what says you all now .Here you all were berating the Union for standing up forvthe workers of CBC,over an agreement which was reached under Minister Suckoo,which they tried to break and you all without the facts came down on the union,in defense of,the Management.How does the humble pie taste?Next time wait on the facts as Mr Trotman and Ms Moore knows more about union business than all of you put together.You can add Mr Lovell and Ms Holder to the above mentioned.

  22. sticks and stones October 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    LOL a smoke and mirror agreement nothing more nothing less , CBC said THEY HAVE NO MONEY a few days ago.

  23. Breadfruit. October 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    CBC has no money but NRSL is raking moh than expected. all is government.

  24. Belfast October 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    CBC workers ought to thank Senator Harry Husbands, cause if the goodly Doctor -Minister was in charge this matter would now be in the hands of the PM for molasses treatment.

  25. sticks and stones October 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Already blp operatives looking at the NRSL like an atm machine. No wonder the blp ran the country on high debt by borrowing. The NSRL has onky onlycollected 50 million a mere drop in the bucket when one factor into govt debt and servicing the economy. You guys are a bunch of yahoos fuh trut


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