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Sir Roy: Some employers bullying employees

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SOME EMPLOYERS in Barbados are reportedly bullying workers into signing contracts.
General secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union Sir Roy Trotman said the current actions of employers will be seen as “inhuman” and “coercive” and will lead to labour unrest.
He has accused employers of doing nothing for more than six months and are now “bullying” staff into signing contracts, some of which deny rights, benefits and privileges previously enjoyed by workers.
Sir Roy said that the “decent” thing for employers to do with regard to the legal requirements of the Employment Rights Bill was to ask Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo to provide a two-month extension to the deadline that was previously given.
“Workers must be given time to consult, particularly since some of the new contracts are denying fundamental rights which workers previously had, and the minister must be able to help us to prevent this newest level of aggression coming from employers which we are witnessing today in Barbados,” Sir Roy said. (YB)

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