After waiting for about a year, scores of retrenched National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers will finally collect their severance cheques by Friday this week.
Their bargaining unit –– the National Union of Public Worker (NUPW) –– broke the good news this afternoon, revealing that 85 of the approximately 200 former employees would benefit from the pay-out.
Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith told Barbados TODAY the 85 former NCC workers were not taking their retrenchment for adjudication before the Employment Rights Tribunal, which begins public hearings on May 20.
Smith said 79 workers would appear before the tribunal. The remaining 36 or so workers may not have given any indication of what they intended to do, she added.
While describing the severance pay-out as a partial closure to this long-standing matter, Smith expressed concern about the length of time it had taken to set a date for the tribunal hearings to start.
General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), Toni Moore, could not be reached for comment regarding the situation of former NCC staff the BWU represents.