Hundreds meeting at BWU to decide on strike action
More than 300 members of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) are currently cramped into headquarters at Solidarity House preparing to take a vote on if to go ahead with island-wide industrial action.
General Secretary of the Union, Sir Roy Trotman amped up the full house in the Sir Hugh Springer Auditorium by giving them an update on the events which led to telecommunications giant LIME issuing 97 letters of redundancy to employees last week.
Sir Roy has demanded that LIME withdraw the letters or the BWU will engage in full industrial action over the lay-offs. Sir Roy arrived to loud applause just before the meeting’s 5 p.m start and then proceeded to explain why the Union should contemplate calling out its full membership on strike over the issue.
The BWU boss accused LIME of side-stepping the decades old protocol of not taking any action whilst negotiations were on-going.
He noted that the parties involved met on the last day of 2012 and agreed to re-convene on January 7, but instead, LIME sent home the 97 workers on January 2, fully aware another meeting was to be held five days later.