The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) are reporting progress on pay talks including performance increments which go back about ten years.
Special advisor and former General Secretary of the BWU Sir Roy Trotman said his team did not go into any details with the BWA about restructuring during a meeting with management today because it first needed to resolve outstanding matters.
“We are also looking at the matter of harmonization of scales and salary points where there have been variations over the period. There is also the question of application of the five per cent that the public service generally received with effect from April,” Sir Roy told Barbados TODAY.
He said that both sides are working towards reaching a final resolution, which he expects to happen by next Wednesday when they meet again.
In a separate statement issued this evening, the BWA said the meeting was cordial and covered a number of outstanding items, most of which arose out of an agreement settled between the last administration and the BWU in March 2016.
“These included among other matters, staff compensation, the provision for retroactive pay in relation to back pay for the periods 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 in relation to bargaining unit 1 and the period 2006/2007 through 2018/2019,” the statement said.
The company said that in addition to discussions on those long outstanding matters, there was consensus on the five per cent salary increase retroactive to April 2018.
“The meeting acknowledged that the BWA is not a contributor to the Severance Fund and therefore uniquely had to source funding for the in-cash payment of the severance. The parties will meet again next week to continue discussions on the restructuring,” the BWA’s press release confirmed.