Category: Work force

BWU takes on the plight of domestic workers

The Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) has declared intentions to demand Government ratify and implement Convention 189 of the International Labour Organisation as it officially takes up the fight to attain decent and fairer working conditions for domestic workers. The Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers was established in 2011 and aims to safeguard the dignity of workers by guaranteeing better […]

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Toni Moore

One thousand job cuts reasonable, says BWU

The recent revelation by Government’s economic advisors that 1,000 Barbadian workers could be on the breadline is within reason, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore has said. Moore said not only was the move necessary to urgently cut Government expenditure, but that several statutory bodies were bloated because of jobs handed […]

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Slight dip in unemployment

The Ministry of Economic Affairs is reporting a slight dip in the rate of unemployment during the third quarter of this year. In a statement issued through the Barbados Government Information Service, the ministry reported that for the July to September review period the total rate of joblessness was 10.2 per cent, down 1.1 percentage […]

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NUPW not backing down in airport row

Not even the approaching Independence Day or the visit of Britain’s Prince Harry will stop the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) from pressing ahead with industrial action at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) over a wages hike for airport workers. A go-slow at the country’s ports of entry in support of NUPW President Akanni […]

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No retreat

There appears to be no immediate end in sight to the industrial action over a pay rise at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), with the Unity Workers Union (UWU) joining the protest spearheaded by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW). The UWU was at the forefront of protest action Monday, leading another stoppage of […]

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Sick move

It appears as though it will definitely not be business as usual at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) Thursday. Amid increasing tensions between Government and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), unionized workers at this island’s lone airport embarked on a worrying sick out around noon Wednesday that looks set to intensify Thursday. Following […]

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GAIA to be hit by more protests

Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), which is already under pressure from an immigration and customs go-slow, could be hit with more protest action next week. This after pay talks broke down today between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and management of the GAIA Inc., which employs some 400 airport workers.    As a […]

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Immigration and Customs respond to NUPW

Government is yet to say specifically how a now four-day old go-slow has impacted its operations. However, top officials of the Immigration and Customs Departments Tuesday sought to set the record straight following a charge by the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) last week that Government had sought to derail a meeting it had called […]

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No permission

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is accusing the leadership of the Immigration Department of attempting to undermine the industrial relations process. General Secretary Roslyn Smith Friday complained that the recently appointed Chief Immigration Officer Wayne Marshall, who took up the post on September 1, had denied a request for permission for officers to attend […]

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NUPW gearing up for action on Friday

Negotiations between the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and the Personnel Administration Division (PAD) have broken down, with the NUPW now preparing to embark on phased industrial action by Friday. The NUPW, which has the backing of its fellow trade unions, is also scheduled to meet with them Thursday afternoon to fine tune a joint […]

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Last chance

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has threatened to bring down the wrath of the entire trade union movement on Government if the row over its president is not resolved in its favour by Wednesday. Following a meeting last Thursday with the Personal Administration Division (PAD), the NUPW had said it would wait until […]

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Pressure on

The battle lines have been drawn and the island’s largest public service union is promising to turn up the heat on Government Thursday in an escalating row over the position in the public service of its president. However, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has refused to say how it intends to fight the war […]

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Protest on

Some Government workers are expected to take industrial action as early as Wednesday in support of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), which is pushing for the return of its president to an acting senior position. However, the union has refused to say what form the action will take, or how business at Government offices […]

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NUPW votes to strike

The Government sector could be hit by industrial action as early as Wednesday. During an emergency meeting at its headquarters Monday, the National Council –– the highest decision-making body of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) –– gave the green light for the NUPW to take whatever action it deemed necessary to force the […]

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Trouble brewing

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and Government seem set for a major industrial relations showdown over the senior public service position in which NUPW President Akanni McDowall had been acting before he was sent back to his substantive junior post last week. Acting General Secretary Delcia Burke has told Barbados TODAY that the […]

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Dismissal of iMart cashier raises eyebrows

The Labour Department is said to be looking into the recent dismissal of Tammy Edwards, who is now popularly known as the Eyebrow Girl, by iMart convenience store. About two weeks ago Edwards posted a video of herself on social media which went viral. In it, she was seen wearing makeup on just one eyebrow, […]

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GAIA wage dispute resolution in sight

A prolonged and sometimes bitter wages dispute between airport workers and Grantley Adams International Airport Inc (GAIA) could finally be over by the end of next month. Workers emerged all smiles after a near three-hour “very cordial and amicable” meeting with the top brass of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and GAIA management […]

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