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Tag Archives: unions

  1. NUPW’s 3rd Vice President takes aim at Helm, to chagrin of Incumbent

    In view of the International celebration of Workers, an occasion that is also referred to as Workers’ Day or Labor Day, third Vice President of the National Union of Public Workers, Kimberley Agard, is publicly declaring her candidacy for the post of President in the upcoming general elections of the NUPW. The decision to contest […]

    May 3, 2021Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  2. Legal minefield on Bermuda’s workplace vaccine policy, lawyer warns

    Employers should talk to their staff if they planned to introduce Covid-19 vaccination policies, a lawyer said yesterday. She said: “In high-risk workplaces where an employer does consider it necessary in the specific circumstances of the workplace to require that its employees take the vaccine, then a new condition of employment that an employee be […]

    February 14, 2021BusinessNo comments
  3. New Year’s Message from the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB)

    As the new year 2021 commences, the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) extends best wishes to the Government and people of the nation. As the country enters the new year, the Social Partnership of Barbados remains in a state where it is forced to consider ways of responding to the […]

    January 1, 2021BusinessNo comments
  4. Sanitation Service Authority takes issue with NUPW statement to Barbadian Press

    Management of the Sanitation Service Authority read the press statement issued by the National Union of Public Workers today (14 December 2020) in addition to recent comments by the NUPW officials listed by local media. It is unfortunate the statement makes no mention of recent engagement between the management and Board of the SSA and […]

    December 14, 2020Business, FeaturedNo comments
  5. ILO: COVID-19 recovery in the Caribbean will be gradual but working hour losses expected to remain high

    While partial reopening of Caribbean economies is showing some immediate signs of socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, reduced output, export and fiscal space continue to take a massive toll on regional labour markets according to a recently released report from the International Labour Organization (ILO). Estimates produced in September 2020 (not necessarily robust following […]

    December 9, 2020BusinessNo comments
  6. Barbados Association of Journalists and Media Workers (BARJAM) intervenes in CBC Pension Plight

    Government officials involved in the pension pay dispute of retrenched Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) workers are assuring them they are on top of the matter. “My investigations have revealed that the CBC and the Ministry responsible for CBC are continuing to work on having the money paid as soon as possible, but that a lack […]

    September 23, 2019Controversy, FeaturedNo comments
  7. 14% increase in Dominican Republic’s minimum wage

    Business and labor representatives in the Dominican Republic agreed on a 14% increase to the general minimum wage. This proposal came from their Mejia regime to end a long impasse in their minimum wage talks. Unions in Santo Domingo called it a victory for workers, even though the increase was less than they demanded. Labor […]

    July 10, 2019BusinessNo comments
  8. WAGES AND PENSIONS ARE TARGETS FOR A BLP VICTORY ON 24TH MAY

    The Main Opposition Barbados Labour Party pledged pension reforms and civil servant salary reviews among other hot button issues when they launched their candidates over the weekend at the Weymouth Playing field over the weekend. Mia Mottley, political leader of the BLP and Opposition leader spoke to the massive audience as if they were guests […]

    May 7, 2018Breaking News, Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  9. Southern African grouping observes CARICOM’s operations

    A team from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), led by Ms. Paulina Elago, its Executive Secretary, is the latest from an integration grouping to look at the operations of the Caribbean Community and its Secretariat. Among them is tariff setting processes and applications within CARICOM. In that context, the delegation is seeking an understanding […]

    March 18, 2018PoliticalNo comments
  10. Barbados is ninth CARICOM country to join Regional Initiative on eliminating child labour

    Barbados is the ninth CARICOM country to join the Regional Initiative, Latin and America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour. Sen. the Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development symbolically handed over the signed agreement to José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Regional Director of the Americas and Caribbean in the […]

    December 18, 2017PoliticalNo comments
  11. Trade, investments and projects from China generate 1.8 million jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The ILO just presented their first study on the effects of economic relations between China and Latin America and the Caribbean on jobs in this region, indicating that from 1990 to 2016 at least 1.8 million net employment opportunities were generated as a result of trade, investment and infrastructure activities. This amounts to almost 4% […]

    September 12, 2017BusinessNo comments
  12. “Blinded to the Obvious” by Grenville Phillips II

    I was hopeful and excited before the recent meeting of the Social Partnership. All sides recognised that we were on the brink of economic ruin and they were anxious to find an effective solution. They could not wait one more week. Therefore, I highly commend the Government, Unions and the Private Sector for putting Barbados […]

    August 17, 2017EditorialNo comments
  13. RETURN OF DEVIL’s ADVOCATE: INITIAL VIEW OF BPSA MEETING PRIOR TO FRIDAY REVELATION OF JULY 24 MARCH

    (Editor’s Note – This was submitted before the Unions and Private Sector finally got up and started doing what should have been done ever since! It is interesting to note the march is 2 days before the 80th Anniversary of the 1937 Uprising… Our contributor? He’s a popular employee of one of the construction firms […]

    July 23, 2017Breaking News, Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  14. Supermarket Chain Joins Art Holdings, Williams Industries, Woolworth and growing list of Companies taking part in tomorrow’s march against the NSRL

    Carlton and Emerald City supermarkets will close from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Monday 24th July in support of the Barbados Private Sector Associations’ call to send a strong message to Government that the country is in dire straights and there’s urgent need for Government to meet with the other social partnership members to […]

    July 23, 2017Breaking News, Business, FeaturedNo comments
  15. “Walk for Relief” (Walk4Relief) – Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 10:30 am

    The leaders of the four major trade unions, their respective shop stewards and all interested persons are asked to gather at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 at 10:30 am for the “Walk for Relief” (Walk4Relief). The purpose of this walk to Parliament is to deliver letters outlining the Unions’ objections to the recently […]

    July 10, 2017Breaking News, Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  16. CEO OF QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ARGUES WITH UNIONS OVER MECHANISED POTATO PEELERS

    Celebrating the attainment of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) accreditation by the Food and Nutrition Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Almond Bay Caterers in Hastings, Christ Church. Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James related how the Unions objected to a mechanised version of peeling potatoes claiming staff would be adversely affected.

    May 14, 2017Health, Video GalleryNo comments
  17. “COSTLY DECISION BY NATIONAL CONSERVATION COMMISSION’S BOARD TO BREACH CABINET’S LAST IN FIRST OUT PRINCIPLE” BY: EDMUND G. HINKSON, M.P. FOR ST. JAMES NORTH AND ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

    It is a welcome relief to know that the near 200 redundant National Conservation Commission (NCC) workers, some of whom are my constituents, have finally been paid some form of compensation for their unlawful dismissals by the DLP government some two and a half years ago. These payments finally bring some partial vindication to what […]

    October 20, 2016Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  18. Global organisations pay attention to Barbados

    Barbadians must be careful how they have public disputes since you never know what part of the world is following with interest. Senator the Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo addressed the 11th Biennial Delegates’ Conference of CTUSAB in Hastings. She made what some felt was a hint to local media to use care before highlighting certain stories. […]

    September 28, 2016Business, FeaturedNo comments
  19. Business Executive says Barbados has far to go to see next five decades

    Key elements of Barbadian society were given a wake-up call by a major member of the corporate community who says responsibility, accountability and implementation must be paramount if this country is to make another 50 years at least. In his view, it is ensuring there are different voices allows for Barbados to thrive, he says […]

    September 26, 2016BusinessNo comments
  20. TIMES ARE ROCK HARD FOR ARAWAK, NOW CONTINUING THEIR VOLUNTARY SEPARATION

    The Arawak Cement Company Ltd (ACCL), just informed employees of its intention to offer Voluntary Separation packages as part of a financial and operational restructuring programme started in October 2015. With significant excess cement capacity in the region and highly competitive price sensitive markets, cost reduction is vital for Arawak to return to profitability and […]

    September 12, 2016ControversyNo comments
  21. NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT FOR GRENADA BREWERIES LTD 2016-2019 SIGNED OFF

    A new collective agreement for Grenada Breweries Ltd (GBL), for the period 2016 to 2019 was agreed to and signed off before the expiry date of 31st May 2016. GBL sent its proposal six months in advance of expiry of the current collective agreement, and the GTAWU responded with the same courtesy, by sending theirs […]

    June 19, 2016BusinessNo comments
  22. Declaration of War: All hands on deck, High Noon – BWU ready to leash the Pit Bull?

    Barbados appears to be facing a national shutdown of various services, as the Barbados Workers Union claims the Water Authority’s management has continuously ignored agreements and the Executive Council has given the nod to consider ramping up protests. The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) placed a clarion call for all public servants to attend an urgent […]

    March 23, 2016BusinessNo comments
  23. Barbados Workers Union says Wages Dispute is in Water Authority’s hands

    The strike by the BWU division of the BWA is now in its third day and yet the board and management of the Authority and the parent Ministry appear unbothered by the action which will now, in all likelihood create further water worries to the general public. This is particularly worrying when one considers that […]

    March 20, 2016Business, Video GalleryNo comments
  24. Abolish temporary postings – CTUSAB angered at Government ignoring its own laws

    Government appears to be sending mixed signals for union negotiations, if the Civil Service is a valued arm of its performance, according a member of CTUSAB – they wonder why should Government’s staff be relegated to an ambiguous authority. Mary Redman, while President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union, is part of the umbrella body […]

    January 24, 2016Breaking News, Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  25. CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados – CTUSAB

    As tradition has it, the Christmas season is the time of year when billions of people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The annual celebration which dates back some 4000 years is known to be both a religious and cultural festival. It is to be acknowledged that this is a high point […]

    December 26, 2015BusinessNo comments