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BWU calls public servants to meeting

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Added 22 March 2016

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THE BARBADOS WORKERS UNION (BWU) is calling all public servants who are members of the Union to meeting tomorrow at noon at Solidarity House.

According to the release, the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) has missed key dates where management had committed to providing proposals to end the ongoing impasse on the non-payment of increments.

These increments are said to date back more than ten years and sent workers on the picket line last week.

The matter has been referred to Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo.

The statement appears below (their emphasis):

For the past week the workers of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) have been on strike, protesting the objectionable approach of the Management of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) in the handling of a matter that is by far too protracted.

The Management continues to make and break agreements. 

Most recently, the BWA committed to present a proposal for bringing to a close the outstanding issue of payments owed to workers, payments which were owed for the past ten (10) years. 

They committed to providing the information on March 02, 2016, again on March 07, 2016; then again on March 15, 2016.  All those dates have come and gone, workers at the BWA are on strike and still, no proposal has been forthcoming.

Further action is now required to cut through this type of arrogance and insensitivity that is the seeming new norm.  It will not be accepted in the private sector and can definitely not be seen from Government as a public employer.

On this occasion, The Executive Council of the BWU is inviting all public servants who are members of the Union to a solidarity meeting at Headquarters tomorrow Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 12 noon.

At that meeting the membership will be updated on the current impasse between the Union and the BWA and will determine what further action would be required to effect an urgent response from the Board and Management of the Barbados Water Authority.

Comrades all, we look forward to seeing you there.  Again I remind you that injury to one is injury to all. (PR/SAT)

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