Moore warns of industrial action

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Barbados Workers Union’s (BWU) General Secretary, Toni Moore, today warned Sandy Lane Hotel and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) of possible industrial action if ongoing pay disputes are not settled.

Addressing delegates at the BWU’s mid-term meeting in Harmony Hall, Solidarity House this morning, Moore recalled that for the past six months the union had also been involved in industrial matters against the Central Bank of Barbados; the American University of Barbados; and Apes Hill Club, where she said there had been “a number of indelicate threats to workers’ rights, workers’ well-being and overall stability of the industrial relations system”.

“These are not all, these are merely the ones that up to now, have been made public and there are some more that might get there in short time.

“There is a west coast property within the tourism sector which, notwithstanding an offer to its staff which mirrors the settlement for workers within that sector, now wishes to revise their offer downward by three per cent or alternatively, adding on to the previous offer a proviso to cut sick day entitlement by four days,” she said.

The union boss did not name the west coast property at this point, but had stated earlier in her presentation, “we have had to publicly address issues at Sandy Lane … where … there remains the issue of good-faith bargaining as commitments which were made to pay increases still have not been honoured”.

A dispute erupted between BWU and Sandy Lane late last year after the luxury hotel refused to pay the incremental salary increases negotiated and agreed to between the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and the union.

The other simmering situation that Moore said may have to be dealt with publicly is the issue between the Barbados Secondary School Teachers Union (BSTU) and CXC over pay for marking School-Based Assessments.

“Where for instance we have our sister union, the BSTU demanding payment from one institution for assessments, we may have to show public dissatisfaction with the approach of the said institution to deny workers there, their due,” Moore said.

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