Barbados Light & Power’s (BL&P) correspondence to workers last week informing them of plans to cut staff was a breach of not only Protocol VI of the Social Partnership, but also provisions of the Employment Rights Act.
That was the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) position at the conclusion of a two-hour meeting with BL&P workers at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters tonight.
“Any correspondence indicating that there were plans to lay off workers must be addressed to the bargaining agent of the workers, not the workers themselves,” Assistant General Secretary Orlando Gabby Scott said after the talks.
He also stressed that any meeting between the union and the company would have to be called by Minister of Labour Senator Esther Byer who is also the chairperson of the sub-committee of the Social Partnership.
In a circular dated March 25, the BL&P informed workers of a cost-cutting plan that would result in some job losses.
The union has urged BL&P to withdraw the correspondence until it has written to the Labour Minister and formally requested a meeting with the BWU.