BWU president Toni Moore (left) and her NUPW counterpart Akanni McDowall. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)
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THE ISLAND’S TWO MAIN trade unions, the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), are sending clear signals that major industrial unrest is around the corner.
This is the latest development in a dispute that mushroomed from the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation’s (BIDC) decision to send home 13 workers from the state enterprise, ten of whom were 60 years and older and were forced into retirement.
Yesterday evening, the two unions flexed their labour muscles, calling all their members to meetings with their hierarchy. More than 1 000 turned up for the BWU session and several hundred for the NUPW meeting, giving the green light for what could bring the island to a virtual standstill either tomorrow or Thursday.
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