The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) is accusing the Employment Rights Tribunal of reneging on a commitment made to more than 200 retrenched workers at the National Conservation Commission (NCC).
Addressing reporters at a Press conference today, BWU General Secretary Toni Moore said the tribunal had promised to provide a firm date for the start-up of hearings into their case.
“The Employment Rights Tribunal was supposed to have been in place and was supposed to have started meetings concerning the matter of the NCC in late March,” said Moore, while noting that there were several failed commitments.
Her comments come a day after the Tribunal got down to the business of hearing its first case, that of Joel Leacock –– who was fired by the accounting firm KPMG from the post of Business Advisor for Transactions and Restructuring in September 2013.
Moore said that up to this morning the union had tried unsuccessfully to get a firm date for the hearing of the NCC matter.
However, she complained that while the Tribunal could not provide a firm date for the NCC matter to begin, it was asking the union for information, regarding other cases, which would have been submitted after the NCC retrenchments had occurred.
”So the Barbados Workers Union has been trying,” Moore said, adding, “I think it is time we come to the public and let the public know we are trying and that we have had no success at the level of the Tribunal or the Ministry of Labour to get a commitment towards a firm date for the Tribunal to commence.”
Hearings before the nine-member panel, which is headed by Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop, continue on Friday, May 29 at the Labour Department in the Warrens Office Complex.