After about two weeks of talks at varying levels, the National Conservation Commission (NCC), the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) appear to be on the verge of a settlement in their employee retrenchment dispute.
In fact, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo told reporters just after 10 o’clock last night that the NCC has agreed to provide her with certain information by today in order to push negotiations on the contentious selection of the retrenched workers forward.
She is expected to meet with all the parties on Thursday with a view of reaching resolution by the end of the week.
The main bone of contention is what the unions claim is a breach of Government’s last-in first-out policy in retrenching over 200 workers as part the Freundel Stuart administration’s cost-cutting fiscal measures.
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