The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) today advised Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo of its intention to escalate the industrial action at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to include more of its members.
“You are advised that the Council has given approval for this action to be escalated and expanded across our membership,” General Secretary Toni Moore said in a letter to Byer Suckoo, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY.
“This correspondence now serves to advise you that the action is being escalated without giving further notice. We will be including the Barbados Water Authority as the first point in the escalation exercise since the same disrespect for the honouring of agreement on increments is being demonstrated by this particular organization as well.”
She also advised the Labour Minister that the BWU will be holding a general meeting of its committees of management on Monday, October 2, when it will be entertaining volunteers who feel equally aggrieved and wish to “enter into solidarity support in this national exercise with the BWU”.
About 50 workers at the state-run radio, television and cable outfit walked off the job on Wednesday complaining about pay.
At issue are four increments dating back to November 2012.
Based on an agreement reached under the chairmanship of Minister Byer Suckoo, unionized CBC workers were expecting that the increments would have been paid across-the-board.
However, after receiving their pay packs this week, some workers, who are already at the top of their pay scales, were both surprised and disappointed to learn that they would not be benefiting from the latest pay deal.
Moore in her letter advised the Minister that the Executive Council of the Barbados Workers’ Union has fully sanctioned industrial action at the CBC.