The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has called an emergency meeting this afternoon to decide on its next step after management of the National Conservation Commission (NCC) declined to meet over the dismissal of workers at the statutory body.
Senior industrial relations officer Wayne Walrond told Barbados TODAY that members of the NUPW Council would come together to discuss and strategize how to approach the matter.
At the end of Wednesday’s marathon session with officials of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the NUPW at the Labour Department, it was announced that following a meeting of the NCC top brass with Minister of the Environment and Drainage Denis Lowe this morning, talks would be set for later in the day, under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Labour Officer Victor Felix.
However, following the three-hour meeting with Lowe, general manager of the NCC, Keith Neblett, and his team which included chairman of the board, Earl Yarde, and other board members declined to speak extensively on the details of the meeting.
In a brief comment, Neblett said: “We just had a meeting with the minister, the process is ongoing and certainly we will speak with the appropriate people.
“I recognise that the union has been speaking to the Press, but it is an ongoing process and we will advise those persons what is the next step,” he added.
Neither the officials of the NUPW nor those at the Labour Department could say when a meeting will be scheduled, but indicated that they were quite willing to meet whenever they were summoned.
Meanwhile, Barbados TODAY has learned that officials of the NUPW are now in receipt of the much sought after list of retrenched workers and is currently analysing the information.