Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) believes reaching 60 should not be basis for termination
(EDITOR’s NOTE: Why didn’t BWU & CTUSAB show similar gumption when NCC employees were about to be thrown into Limbo? What of their status?)
The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) is in solidarity with its member unit the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) in its pursuit of representation of the interest of the thirteen workers over the age of 60 who have been retired by the BIDC with effect from September 30 2015.
CTUSAB contends that the attainment of the age of 60 should not be the basis for the termination of one’s employment.
This decision by the Board of the BIDC has far reaching implications for other public workers. The Congress therefore calls for meaningful and purposeful dialogue at the level of the Social Partnership on the matter of downsizing and rightsizing in enterprises. This is the way forward if Barbados is to work its way out of the economic stagnation in which the country finds itself. CTUSAB is concerned that the actions of the Government and other private sector employers in not observing the provisions set out in the Protocol VI. in relation to the termination of Employment is exacerbating an already unstable labour market.
CTUSAB further calls on the Government and Employers to take into their cognizance Section 6.9 of Protocol VI which reads:
“The Social Partners further determine, consistent with their agreement in respect of a national employment policy, that all employees shall enjoy the right not to be unfairly dismissed, or to be unfairly prevented from continued employment, and that the procedure for the termination of any employment shall accord with:
(1) The principles of natural justice
(2) The principles enunciated by the International Labour Organization.”
The Congress publicly calls for an urgent meeting of the Subcommittee of the Social Partners, to discuss the ongoing developments.