Retrenched employees of the state-owned National Conservation Commission (NCC) will know their final fate by month end, more than two years after they were severed by the state agency.
Chairman of the Employment Rights Tribunal Hal Gollop, QC, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon he would deliver his verdict in the cases of the 186 dismissed NCC workers brought by both the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) by the end of this month.
The workers, who were sent home as part of Government’s cost-cutting programme, have asked the Tribunal to rule that their dismissal was unfair.
The case brought by the NUPW ended in April but Gollop announced that he would reserve judgment until after the BWU’s case was heard, arguing both cases were similar in nature.
It was a decision that did not go down well with the NUPW, with President Akanni McDowall describing the tribunal as “a pappy show” and Acting Deputy General Secretary Wayne Walrond saying the decision had added insult to the injury suffered by the former employees.
The hearing on behalf of the BWU members concluded on May 12. During that case, NCC General Manager Keith Neblett admitted that severance was still owed to terminated workers.
He explained that the payments were being withheld because the case was before the tribunal, however, the terminated employees had received pay in lieu of notice and holiday pay.