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Tough choice

Tough choice

The St Lucy-based Arawak Cement Company Ltd is to make 20 per cent of its staff redundant from October 23, casualties of a comprehensive restructuring programme. The company announced today that it was forced to send home 40 employees in order to save the plant from going under. But Acting General Secretary of the National […]

Union and SSA to discuss restructuring

Union and SSA to discuss restructuring

The state-owned Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) has apparently taken the first tangible step towards restructuring, in keeping with a policy of the Freundel Stuart administration to review the operations of various statutory bodies. Acting General Manager Roslyn Knight today reportedly posted a circular on the SSA’s notice board which spoke to restructuring of the solid […]

Staying put

Staying put

There was a dramatic shift today in the case between the state-owned Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and the workers who were to be forcibly retired at the end of next month because they had reached the age of 60. Seven of the ten employees had filed an injunction in an attempt to force […]

Decision on BIDC injunction expected Friday

After about two weeks of hearings, a decision is expected on Friday in the case against the state-owned Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) brought by seven of ten employees who were compulsorily retired because they had reached the age of 60. The presiding judge Justice Jacqueline Cornelius gave the court early notice this afternoon […]

Businesses waiting to exhale following go-slow

Government has pledged to speed up the clearing of goods at the Bridgetown Port in light of a current backlog resulting from a just-ended go-slow by Customs officers. However, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association Alex McDonald said while the business community welcomed the Government’s pledge, he would wait to see some action, and […]

No strain

No strain

All is well between Government and the labour movement despite the current industrial unease that has seen both sides pointing accusing fingers at each other, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has assured Barbadians. And he said while some issues required “a muscular response”, he did not view the current labour climate with grave concern. Following a […]

PM: It’s tax collection or more taxes

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has warned that if Government did not improve its revenue collection system, with the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) as the collecting agency, his administration would be forced to “impose heavier burdens” on Barbadians. However, responding to questions from reporters this evening after chairing a day-long meeting of the Social Partnership at […]

BIDC/NUPW settlement?

BIDC/NUPW settlement?

There’s a new development in the bitter row between the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW). Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer revealed today that she had received “an official letter” dated July 23 from the NUPW accepting the proposals made at the meeting of the sub-committee […]

BIDC withdraws letters of dismissal

BIDC withdraws letters of dismissal

The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has withdrawn the dismissal letters issued to ten employees over age 60 following the latest round of talks today with the sub-committee of the Social Partnership. General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore, made the announcement at a press conference a short while ago. The […]