Stalemate in BCC/NUPW affair
THE IMPASSE BETWEEN the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) continued today with members of the NUPW who had requested a meeting with BCC staff for this morning prevented from entering the campus.
General Secretary of the NUPW Dennis Clarke said when they arrived at the Howell’s and Ivy compound there was a police presence at the gate and Head of Security Patrick Sealy informed him that he would not be allowed to enter the compound.
That resulted in BCC workers meeting at the NUPW, Dalkeith, St Michael headquarters instead.
At that time, a meeting of the subcommittee of the Social Partners taking place at the Horatio Cooke Auditorium at the NUPW complex which was attended by Minister of Labour Senator Esther Byer-Suckoo.
However, Clarke said Suckoo agreed that following that meeting she would hear their grievances of the BCC staff with a view to having them taken to head of the Public Service, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Clarke charged that the BCC administration seemed uninterested in what was happening with affected workers and having the matter resolved hurriedly.
He noted that following dialogue with Byer-Suckoo, if the matter was not advanced then the NUPW would seek to get a court injunction. (LK)