NCC employees want to go on Strike over Tenure Vs. Dismissals, NUPW advises hold strain ’til Monday…

The National Union of Public Workers has advised staff members of the NCC (Nat’l Conservation Commission) to leave their final pay-cheques intact and do not cash them in nor use the incorrectly calculated fees; the Barbados Workers Union sees the current impasse with Government retrenchment plans as disrespect for all Barbadians, not just the NCC.

This is Dennis Clarke confirming what Dwaine Paul advised them since April, do not cash the cheques handed out as Severance since the letters which are allegedly sending home NCC staff do not state what grounds the Terminations are, nor do they indicate the level of remuneration and gratuities due them...

This is Dennis Clarke confirming what Dwaine Paul advised them since April, do not cash the cheques handed out as Severance since the letters which are allegedly sending home NCC staff do not state what grounds the Terminations are, nor do they indicate the level of remuneration and gratuities due them…

Both the BWU and NUPW have an equal proportion of representation at the Government department, making a potentially formidable defence for temporary employees who have been there (in some cases) for well over a decade, while other workers, who may have only been with NCC since shortly after the 2008 Elections – continue to draw a salary. Some of these shorter tenured workers have even gained appointments over their seniors.

This is the NCC's Human Resources Officer warning away Media as she arrives to work, she declined to offer any words to journalists other than she has no comment at this time.

This is the NCC’s Human Resources Officer warning away Media as she arrives to work, she declined to offer any words to journalists other than she has no comment at this time.

This drawn-out saga since late April has the majority of affected NCC staff ready for action {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON NUPW’S NAME INSTEAD}

NCC employees met early Friday morning to confer with both BWU and the NUPW over the situation which is a by-product of intended job-cuts since December last year to reduce Barbados’ deficit (a development which unfolded only after the 2013 Elections when all was supposedly well), however – the Freundel Stuart regime agreed to a policy of “Last In, First Out” lay-off’s which has not obtained at the facility which falls under the portfolio of Denis Lowe, who has remained almost mute during the latest scenario.

This NCC member is boiling over the cheque shown, since not only is the amount short - the signatures are incorrect and she says the fact it's handwritten meant it was prepared in a hurry, since the NCC wages are always printed and only signatures are handwritten.

This NCC member is boiling over the cheque shown, since not only is the amount short – the signatures are incorrect and she says the fact it’s handwritten meant it was prepared in a hurry, since the NCC wages are always printed and only signatures are handwritten.

There are, in fact, some workers, who feel the retrenchment is an excuse to remove those suspected of supporting the Opposition Barbados Labour Party {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON NCC‘S NAME INSTEAD}

The NCC employee revealed numerous cases where staff with more than decade are now wondering how to feed their families by the end of this week {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON NCC‘S NAME INSTEAD}

The plight has particularly moved Dwaine Paul, the Assistant General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union, he’s also the BWU’s Deputy Director of Industrial Relations and having studied the case history of Barbadian retrenchments in 1991 compared with now, he’s very disappointed by the veering away from agreed upon methodologies as currently exists {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON Dwaine’s NAME INSTEAD}

NUPW General Secretary Dennis Clarke echoed his President’s cry for the NCC Board to step down, nevertheless, he wants every tee crossed and each eye dotted before NCC staff go on the road – Clarke still feels decency may yet prevail over rash actions {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON Mr Clarke’s NAME INSTEAD}

For another NCC employee, a resolution cannot come soon enough since he has spent almost 20 years with the Government facility {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON NCC’S NAME INSTEAD}

In fact, more than himself, the NCC stalwart is more concerned for his wife who used to be a Ranger with the same organisation {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON NCC’S NAME INSTEAD}

Once the sordid matter is put to rest for once and for all, the NUPW’s Dennis Clarke vows to review the status of Lifeguards, who technically are considered General Workers, but their qualifications as well as affiliations and training make them more of Essential Services category like Fire & Police {LAPTOP OR DESKTOP USERS PLEASE CLICK FOLLOWING ICON, BUT SMARTPHONE & TABLET USERS PLEASE CLICK ON Mr Clarke‘s NAME INSTEAD}

If you ever wondered what the License Number of the NCC's Manager's car is? Wonder no more! He left as soon as he arrived when he realised Media were waiting to interview him on the impasse.

If you ever wondered what the License Number of the NCC’s Manager’s car is? Wonder no more! He left as soon as he arrived when he realised Media were waiting to interview him on the impasse, ML 450 is now backing the camera in this shot.

Both Barbados Workers Union and the NUPW are to convene at NCC headquarters once again, bright and early Monday morning to reveal the next level in a proposed three prong attack (including to alert the International Labor Organisation – who, presumably, would institute global sanctions against Barbados making it even more Investor Unfriendly) if the Labour Department fails to amicably settle the issue this weekend.

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