NCC case to be fast-tracked
THE BARBADOS WORKERS’ Union today assured its members that it would be pushing to have the Employment Rights Tribunal settle its latest case – the retrenchment of almost 200 National Conservation Commission (NCC) employees – “in the shortest time possible”.
The BWU’s Assistant General Secretary Dwaine Paul gave the assurance when he addressed about 100 present and former NCC employees at the union’s Harmony Hall, St Michael complex this morning.
Paul admitted that the union had some concerns about the tribunal, the biggest being the issue of time that would be involved in settling the dispute that had dragged on for four weeks.
Deputy general secretary Veronica Griffith, who reported that the union had triggered the process for the dispute to be referred to the tribunal, said there were also concerns that the relatively new tribunal had not yet met and had a long list of cases before it.
However, she said the union was told during a meeting yesterday with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Minister of Labour Esther Byer Suckoo and Chief Labour Officer Vincent Burnett that the NCC case would be fast-tracked. (TY)