BWA workers in line for more backpay

Workers at the state-owned Barbados Water Authority (BWA) are close to receiving millions of dollars in back pay, accumulated over the past three years.

In fact, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore is hoping the monies will be disbursed by Christmas.

However, speaking to reporters at the end of the annual general meeting of the BWA’s Workers Division at Solidarity House, Moore said management and the union were yet to meet and agree a timeline for the payments, even though the actual schedule was expected to be settled by the middle of next month.

“This does not mean the money would be paid for Christmas. We still have to meet with management and agree on when we will shake hands on a start of the payment,” Moore emphasized, adding that the calculations were still being worked out to determine the total back pay, which is to be done in tranches. “We are aware that the Barbados Water Authority like a number of statutory boards and Government-owned organizations are operating within a climate of financial constraint and the Barbados Workers’ Union has not ignored that particular reality. But we think that we have been fairly successful in getting the company to recognize the importance of honouring the commitment. We are satisfied that that commitment is there by the company,” she said.

In the absence of an appraisal system, the BWU boss said the union would also be pushing for the enhancement of employees’ salaries and wages by way of increments.

“This is still the fallback system that we are in, because the management of the Water Authority has not yet finalized a performance appraisal system that can be applied,” Moore explained.

 Following crippling strike action by workers, an agreement was made last year on the settlement of outstanding backpay, up to the period ending March 31, 2015.

However, the workers have accumulated almost three years of backpay since then with Moore stating today that she was satisfied that there would be no job losses even in the midst of technological changes taking place at the BWA.

6 Responses to BWA workers in line for more backpay

  1. Mackar November 15, 2017 at 8:57 am

    How come the sewage on the street in the south coast. We can’t get burst pipes fixed in a timely manner.
    Water outage and shortages on a daily basis and yet the people responsible getting a new headquarters and lots of back pay. Could some learned person explain this to me and other Barbadians. I will be waiting to read.????

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    • John Everatt November 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

      I will be waiting to hear the answer to this one too.

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  2. Sue Donym November 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Just as with CBC, a shameful reason for the payment of this money. The public is penalised for the failure of the officers of the two agencies to implement appraisal systems. What’s worse, there is no certainty that with the existence of the appraisal system any of these workers would have earned an increase in pay. Will any officers who should have designed the appraisal system benefit from its non-implementation? Shocking what’s allowed to slide in Barbados.

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  3. Big Man November 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Wow these people who can’t get a burst pipe fix between 8:30 am and 3 pm getting back pay

    Back pay for under achievers in the year of Productivity

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  4. Ossie Moore November 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Lord mek peace looka duh! Dem grining from ear to ear! Like dem jes get a bowl o’ pudden en souse and a Jonney Walker black!

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  5. MILLI Watt November 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    at work every day for last 5 years no increase but this crowd can get an increase…….there is no way that money paying this year and MOORE KNOWS THAT!

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