Minister of Industry Donville Inniss has come out in defence of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) in their ongoing dispute with the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).
In rejecting media reports that the BIDC had terminated 13 of its workers, Inniss told Barbados TODAY that there was “quite a bit of inaccurate and misleading information out there which is clearly designed to inflame and confuse the public.”
The state-owned statutory entity had issued letters to its workers who had reached the age of 60 for retirement.
But their bargaining agent, the NUPW, is contending that the decision was in breach of the amended Pensions Act, which provides for employees at statutory boards to work until age 67.
“The BIDC has been directed to continue to share all accurate and relevant information with all interested parties without fear or favour. As Minister, I will make further public comments as is deemed necessary,” Inniss added.
The NUPW has threatened to shut down the country if the Corporation does not withdraw the letters by Tuesday and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has said it would give their support. (EJ)