Callous and dastardly.
That’s how General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, is describing the manner in which up to 300 workers at the National Housing Corporation were laid off on Friday.
Stating that there is no defense for such “uncouth behaviour”, the trade unionist charged that the NHC management violated the Social Partnership protocol.
He was speaking at the union’s half yearly review conference at Solidarity House earlier today.
Sir Roy said the NHC management contacted the union at 4:30 pm last week Wednesday informing officials of a meeting at 10 am the following day to discuss layoffs.
The BWU general secretary said he informed the corporation management that union officials would attend the meeting but could not properly discuss the retrenchment in light of the short notice.
The employees were dismissed soon after.
“The people responsible for that kind of behaviour must know that what goes around comes around and whoever is responsible for it…’you’re going to come my way”, so I’m not cussing anybody. You want to be uncouth, be uncouth but remember your day will come,” he said.
“I don’t like ugly and that really is the ugliest picture I can think about in labour management relations anywhere and at any time, but particularly in a country which boasts of wanting to follow a social partnership protocol when a partner is going to decide which days he’s going to take off the phone from off the hook or which day he’s not going to answer correspondence. That is an unsocial partnership.”
Sir Roy said too that the BWU has no intention of taking to the streets to protest the layoffs.