There is still no agreement to the bitter pay impasse between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and management of the Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. (GAIA Inc.)
At the end of another round of negotiations this afternoon, NUPW President Akanni McDowall emerged with news that the union had put a new set of proposals on the table. He also said he expected a speedy response from the airport’s management.
However, McDowall is keeping details of this latest proposal close to his chest even though Barbados TODAY has been reliably informed that in its quest to ensure that the workers have something more in their pay packs for Christmas, the union has compromised on its demand for a 16 per cent pay hike over three years.
The NUPW is therefore prepared to accept six per cent this year, in the hope of returning to the bargaining table next year to discuss the other two years under negotiation, according to one official.
In the meantime, industrial action by the airport workers has been put on hold, in anticipation of a favourable response from management of GAIA Inc.