Wednesday, February 20, 2008
National strike averted
Well, the national strike slated for today has been called off, or according to BWU General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman, deferred. All the sides involved aren't surrendering their positions so I suspect this may drag on for long.
You can read the full story here.
Photo: Prime Minister David Thompson (at right) and Barbados Workers' Union (BWU) general secretary Sir Roy Trotman greeted each other cordially at yesterday's meeting of the Social Partnership at Sherbourne Conference Centre. After that meeting – the first for Prime Minister Thompson – it was announced the islandwide strike planned for today by the union had been called off. Sir Roy described the development as "a deferral to allow the Government to be able to use its office in the interest of all of the country". The job of finding a solution to the two industrial disputes that led to the BWU's threatened action is now on the shoulders of Arni Walters, Minister of State with special responsibility for Employment and Labour Relations and Social Partnership. (www.nationnews.com)