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BRA depriving workers of proper pensions, charges Sir Roy

BRA depriving workers of proper pensions, charges Sir Roy

Government is being accused of violating its own rules and customs as it relates to the retirement of public servants who were transferred to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA). Independent Senator Sir Roy Trotman Wednesday complained in the Senate that many of these workers were being deprived of their full pensions because of the formula […]

Unholy alliance

Unholy alliance

A retired trade union leader is describing the “marriage” between the labour movement and the private sector as an unholy alliance. The well-respected veteran trade unionist, who preferred to remain anonymous, contended that businesses were now merely seeking comfort within the trade union movement. He charged that unlike the 1991 economic crisis when public officers […]

Only 1,300 layoffs since 2013 – Jones reveals

Only 1,300 layoffs since 2013 – Jones reveals

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has revealed what he says has been a state secret in terms of the number of workers that were actually sent home by the Freundel Stuart administration as part of spending cuts announced back in 2013. Back in March this year, the General Secretary of the National Union of Public […]

Nothing to apologize for, says NUPW leader

Nothing to apologize for, says NUPW leader

President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall says he is not about to apologize for the stance trade unions have taken in their current industrial impasse with Government. Amid a worrying sick-out that has so far affected operations at both major ports of entry, as well as the state-run Transport Board […]

Stop it now!

Stop it now!

A week after hinting that it could support a national shutdown by the unions as they sought to force Government back to the negotiation table, the umbrella agency of private sector organizations here is today singing a different tune. Far from cheering an ongoing sick-out and work-to-rule, the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) has urged […]

Say you’re sorry, Inniss tells unions

Say you’re sorry, Inniss tells unions

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss wants an apology from the island’s trade unions currently involved in a row with Government over the contentious National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL). However, Inniss said the apology should be directed at the membership of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, the Barbados Union […]

Punish them!

Punish them!

With a recent survey showing that more than half of private sector employees are exposed to at least two acts of bullying on a weekly basis, one researcher is proposing “harsh sanctions” as one counter measure. Senior Lecturer in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies Dr Dwayne Devonish said managers must be […]

Govt reports 2016 unemployment dip

Govt reports 2016 unemployment dip

Government is reporting a slight drop in the country’s unemployment rate. In a release issued by the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the Ministry of Economic Affairs reported Friday that the jobless rate for 2016 stood at 9.7 per cent, down by 1.6 percentage points from the 11.3 per cent recorded at the end of […]

Unfairly dismissed

Unfairly dismissed

When the Employment Rights Tribunal meets again under the chairmanship of attorney-at-law Omari Drakes and fellow panellists Frederick Forde and Dr Hartley Richards, dismissed Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) employee Valerie Payne could be smiling all the way to the bank with a hefty compensation package. The tribunal Friday dismissed the arguments presented for Payne’s […]

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