by George Alleyne
Government has been dodging the Barbados Workers Union on the matter of layoffs at the National Conservation Commission (NCC).
This accusation was leveled yesterday by General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, Sir Roy Trotman, who also charged that Government is unfairly selecting employees to be laid off.
Sir Roy said that nine weeks ago NCC board of directors notified BWU, which sits on the board, that they needed to meet to discuss planned layoffs.
But the BWU general secretary detailed a number of instances where messages were sent stating that the planned meetings were being postponed without explanation.
“The meeting was not held, the meeting of the board that was to discuss the laying off that I hearing may have taken place yesterday,” he said.
In an obvious reference to reports that there were preferential lists of persons not to be touched by Government, the retiring labour leader, said that the 2004 declaration in which some principles of industrial relations were guaranteed does not mention, “the right to work for some, and the right to hide behind a list to prevent work for others”.