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BCCI:Return to bargaining table

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

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The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has expressed concerns about the breakdown in negotiations between its member LIME and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU).
In a statement today, the BCCI says it does not believe strike action is the best way to solve the stalemate between the two parties and has, therefore, called on them to return to the bargaining table.
“The BCCI is alarmed at this development as it believes that such action will cause great economic damage and is not the time for a strike given the challenging economic environment. The national recovery process is very fragile and would not sustain such disruption,” according to the statement.
The BWU announced yesterday that it would be meeting with its executive council today to plan the industrial action. A meeting is currently going on at the union’s headquarters at Solidarity House, St Michael.
However, the BCCI said: “In the spirit of good industrial relations, protocol should be followed and negotiations completed with the aim of reaching an outcome satisfactory to all concerned.”
Full report in tomorrow’s WEEKEND NATION