The pay dispute between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Inc is still not settled, with the two sides failing to reach agreement during their latest round of talks.
After the two sides met last week, NUPW President Akanni McDowall had told Barbados TODAY that the negotiations were positive.
McDowall had also said the airport management was expected to get back to the union quickly on a new set of proposals the NUPW had placed on the table. However, when contacted today all McDowall would say was that negotiations were continuing.
The union, which has suspended industrial action at the airport while the discussions are ongoing, had been demanding a 16 per cent pay hike for the 400 airport workers over a
But a source close to the talks had told Barbados TODAY that in an effort to ensure workers received something in their pockets for Christmas, the demand had been revised downward to six per cent for this year, with the expectation that the two sides would later return to the bargaining table.
The airport had countered the initial demand with an offer of 15.5 per cent over three years.
Cabinet is understood to have vetoed both proposals, insisting that any pay increase for GAIA workers would have to be in line with what public servants received.