Category: Indus. Relations

Mortgage and vehicle loans fair

Individuals looking to purchase vehicles or mortgages got some much needed advice from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank today, as the institution teamed up with realty companies and car dealerships to host its mortgage and vehicle loan fair. The event was held at the Warrens Banking Centre, Dome Mall. Branch manager, Malcolm Martindale told Barbados TODAY […]

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Focus on equality and improved working conditions

Minister of Labour, Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has given assurances that her ministry will enforce existing laws and develop legislation to support Government’s move towards social equality and improved working conditions. Dr Byer-Suckoo was addressing the opening of the 11th Biennial Delegates’ conference of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) on […]

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FTC director dies suddenly

Director of consumer protection at the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), Judy Maynard, is dead. Maynard, 61, reportedly collapsed in the bathroom at the FTC’s Green Hill, St Michael headquarters sometime this morning. Shocked staffers subsequently sought assistance for her but when an ambulance arrived at the FTC the mother of two was unresponsive and later […]

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Airport dispute in Chief Labour Officer’s hands

The long, drawn-out pay dispute between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc (GAIA) has been referred to the Ministry of Labour for resolution. Corporate Communications Specialist with GAIA Keith Goddard confirmed to Barbados TODAY this afternoon that the company had placed the matter in the hands of […]

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Strike threat imminent at GAIA

Barbados’ crucial gateway to the world is likely to be hit by industrial action later this week. President of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Akanni McDowall would only say this afternoon that a shutdown of the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) was a protest option against the non-payment of wages to workers dating […]

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Neblett: Blame NCC dismissals on board

General Manager of the state-owned National Conservation Commission (NCC) Keith Neblett this evening denied that he played the lead role in the controversial dismissal of 186 workers in April, 2014, saying he had simply carried out the instructions of his board of directors. However, after testifying yesterday that the last in, first out policy had […]

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Apes Hill conciliation talks set for Thursday

There appears to be a fresh move afoot to resolve the industrial impasse between management of the plush Apes Hill Club in St James and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU). Barbados TODAY understands that the two sides agreed tonight to meet on Thursday morning to try to end their dispute over conditions of work, including […]

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If we must

Amidst concern from the trade union movement about private sector layoffs, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Alex McDonald has defended merchants, saying they were holding on to staff for as long as possible. Last weekend General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore expressed concern about layoffs within the private […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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