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Meetings Of The Employment Rights Tribunal
Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:28

The Employment Rights Tribunal heard the matter of Anderson Chase versus National Conservation Commission (2014) during the period May 9th to 11th at the Ministry of Labour.

Comrade Chase was one of the claimants for whom the Barbados Workers’ Union submitted a case on the basis of unfair dismissal during 2014. Comrade Chase’s case sought to establish that the NCC:

  • failed to follow the prescripts of the Government circular issued through the Ministry of the Civil Service
  • did not engage in meaningful consultation as provided for in Protocols 5 and 6 of the Social Partnership and Section 31 of the Employment Rights Act

The NCC failed to rebut the testimony of the former general secretary which said that the list did not follow the framework presented by the Civil Service and that the decision to dismiss the claimant was an unreasonable one

The BWU submitted that if neither reinstatement nor reengagement was deemed as a practicable form of relief, then the Tribunal must make an award of compensation consisting of a basic award and a substantial compensatory award, enhanced to take account of the deprivation of qualifying for a pension.

The BWU now awaits the Tribunal’s determination.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 13:24

The Executive Council of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) congratulates BWU General Secretary, Comrade Toni Moore on her election to the post of Deputy President of the Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), which is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Comrade Moore was elected to the position of Deputy President of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) at its 3rd Congress which was held in Sao Paulo during the period May 26th to 29th. Comrade Moore was accompanied at the meeting by the Director of Industrial Relations, Comrade Dwaine Paul. The Barbados Workers’ Union has also been elected to titular positions on the Women’s Committee, the Youth Committee and the Executive Council of the Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas.

The Congress adopted a base document that outlines a number of strategic priorities for the period 2016 to 2010. In particular, four priorities were adopted.

These four priorities are:

  • sustainable development
  • freedom of association and decent work
  • trade union organization and self reform

On the question of sustainable development, the TUCA affiliates ratified a vision of sustainable development built on decent work, fair and equitable distribution of wealth, participatory democracy, gender equality, social protection and social inclusion for all and economic growth.

With regard to freedom of association and decent work, the Congress recognised that this fundamental right is under attack across our region and that definite action is needed to counter-power those forces that would wish to deny workers the right to strike which, like the right to organise and the right to collective bargaining, is a fundamental pillar of freedom of association.

As it relates to trade union organising and self reform, this priortity calls for introspection but more importantly, action aimed at ensuring that the trade union movement gains legitimacy and credibility with workers and society. This objective therefore recognises the need for trade unions to re-intensify efforts towards action that gives real power to the working class; not only economic power but power to address such issues as social protection, eradicating violence against women and addressing inequality.

Speaking at the BWU’s Executive Council meeting on Wednesday night, Comrade Moore said the task for the Union is now to encourage greater participation from among TUCA affiliated Caribbean trade unions so as to strengthen the voice of workers of the Region and to strengthen our call for a greater show of solidarity from unions in the Americas to our own struggle.

“Living Healthy in Retirement”
Monday, 16 November 2015 16:13

The Barbados Workers’ Union is pleased to report that the seminar/workshop on “Living Healthy in Retirement” held at the Labour College in Mangrove, St. Philip, Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13, for its retirees’ division, was hugely successful, based on the positive comments from the participants during the presentations and the feedback during the evaluation at the end of the week’s session.

The seminar/workshop was designed to provide the retirees, ranging in the age range from 40 to 80, with information to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices particularly with regard to diet, nutrition, physical activity and finance.

The subjects studied and presenters were as follows:

  • Reverse Mortgages/Personal Assistance Fund, Funeral Arrangements/Security around the Home – Mr. Ed Bushell, President, Barbados Association of Retired Persons;
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – Ms. Pamela Brereton
  • Multiple Sclerosis and the Challenges Experienced – Ms. Lasonta Corbin/Ms. Bonita Phillips and Ms. Simone Mayers
  • Non-Communicable Disease – Dr. Heather Armstrong, Medical Officer of Health, Eunice Gibson Polyclinic
  • Living with Diabetes – Sandra Chandler
  • Physical Activity – Ms. Celia Collymore
  • Mental Health and Aging – Mrs. Celia Ramsay and Mrs. Heather Griffith
  • Nutrition – Mrs. Karen Griffith, Dietician, National Nutrition Centre, Ministry of Health; and
  • A Cooking Demonstration – Mrs. Hazel Byer-Horsford.

A great deal of emphasis was placed on physical activity, nutrition and non-communicable diseases during the evaluation as it was recognised that there was a strong link between inactivity, poor dietary habits and non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, overweight and obesity. In that regard, the retirees were particularly pleased to have benefited from the session on exercise and the cooking demonstration. The latter gave them the opportunity to witness and comment on the demonstration. The cooking demonstration was an exercise in which the participants were taught how to prepare foods in a healthy way, thus reducing levels of fat, salt and sugar in dishes. 

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