Still no deal
THE crippling one-week strike by dozens of sugar workers at the Portvale Factory will drag on for at least another day.
That’s because talks between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BMAC) ended in stalemate after six and a half hours of deliberation under the chairmanship of Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo at the Warrens Office Complex in St Michael at 10:36 last night.
BWU general secretary Sir Roy Trotman couldn’t hide his disappointment at the lack of progress on a matter that he said goes beyond the redundancy of 57 workers from Andrews Sugar Factory.
“I am disappointed. I think that too much has been spent for this to be lasting as long as it is lasting. The issues for me are very clear. I would love to believe that everyone recognises what would be the proper solution,” he said.
Sir Roy, who led the BWU delegation that included deputy general secretary Toni Moore and industrial relations officer Michael Alleyne, said the apology the union had demanded from the BMAC had still not been tendered.