Barbados national strike averted for the moment

(Barbados Nation) A national strike over the way LIME went about the retrenchment of 97 workers has been averted for the time being following the intervention of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

After three hours of talks with the telecommunications company and the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) at Government Headquarters yesterday, Stuart told reporters that they had managed to get to the root of the differences between the two sides and narrow down the issues that needed to be resolved.

Talks are to continue Friday at 2:30 p.m.Stuart said he asked both parties for time to “hammer things out” and to allow him to do further research.

However, he revealed his displeasure at how LIME issued the termination letters, saying it was an “unworthy path”.

The Prime Minister said the company “went on a frolic” and chastised it for “repudiating the authority” of the Minister of Labour Esther Byer Suckoo, which he said prompted an apology from LIME to the minister, who was also present.

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