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Talks stall


RICKY JORDAN

Talks stall

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Talks broke down between the National Conservation Commission (NCC) and the country’s two main labour unions yesterday, as union sources hinted at further action tomorrow over nearly 200 layoffs from the state-run organisation.
After nearly two and a half hours of intense talks in which voices were raised between the NCC, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) and Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), no resolution was reached.
“Talks broke down,” said a visibly frustrated NUPW general secretary Denis Clarke, as NCC officials and representatives of the Ministry of the Environment walked out of the 2:55 p.m. meeting at the Labour Department two hours and 25 minutes later.
“Our next step is the matter will be in the hands of the Chief Labour Officer,” added Clarke, who declined to directly answer media questions on possible strike action.  
 

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