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Barbados unions ready to rumble

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NUPW General Secretary Roslyn Smith

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 2, CMC – The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) will meet on Thursday next week to discuss protest strategies after insisting that its members had been “unfairly dismissed” last year.

The union, which represents workers mainly in the public sector, met earlier on Friday, and according to its general secretary Roslyn Smith two decisions were agreed upon, including the need to profile all the dismissed workers that the union maintains were unfairly treated.

“We are looking at certain logistics and the Council will be meeting on Thursday next week where we will submit the protest strategies to them and we will be calling on all public officers, shop stewards, all retrenched workers when the date is set to come and join in support of the workers, especially the NCC workers who were unfairly dismissed”.

The Freundel Stuart government has defended its decision to send home thousands of public workers last year as it sought to turn around an ailing economy.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has told members to be prepared for “battle” as it meets with government to discuss the transfer of workers at two secondary schools here.

BUT president Pedro Shepherd said he remained optimistic  even though he is of the view “all we would get is an update as to who will remain as principal of those two schools…”.

Shepherd said he was also seeking support from the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union and that teachers would be summoned to a meeting later on Friday, if it becomes necessary.

“You can look for something major happening in industrial relations in education shortly,” he added.

 

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NUPW General Secretary Roslyn Smith

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 2, CMC – The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) will meet on Thursday next week to discuss protest strategies after insisting that its members had been “unfairly dismissed” last year.

The union, which represents workers mainly in the public sector, met earlier on Friday, and according to its general secretary Roslyn Smith two decisions were agreed upon, including the need to profile all the dismissed workers that the union maintains were unfairly treated.

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“We are looking at certain logistics and the Council will be meeting on Thursday next week where we will submit the protest strategies to them and we will be calling on all public officers, shop stewards, all retrenched workers when the date is set to come and join in support of the workers, especially the NCC workers who were unfairly dismissed”.

The Freundel Stuart government has defended its decision to send home thousands of public workers last year as it sought to turn around an ailing economy.

Meanwhile, the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) has told members to be prepared for “battle” as it meets with government to discuss the transfer of workers at two secondary schools here.

BUT president Pedro Shepherd said he remained optimistic  even though he is of the view “all we would get is an update as to who will remain as principal of those two schools…”.

Shepherd said he was also seeking support from the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union and that teachers would be summoned to a meeting later on Friday, if it becomes necessary.

“You can look for something major happening in industrial relations in education shortly,” he added.