Acting Minister of Labour Senator Maxine McClean is being praised for her handling of the current impasse between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the National Conservation Commission (NCC).
The commendation came tonight from assistant general secretary of the BWU, Dwaine Paul, minutes after the end of negotiations which McClean chaired at the Labour Department.
“We just want to thank the minister for the way she conducted the talks that have brought us to this point,” Paul declared.
After the minister intervened in the dispute on Wednesday, she referred the talks – which had broken down the previously day – to Cabinet.
Following her discussion with her colleagues yesterday, she met with the unions and NCC management for nearly eight hours of talks that included three breakout sessions, at the end of which all sides agreed to meet Monday afternoon to review the list of workers retrenched by the NCC.