Saturday, April 13, 2024

Sir Roy: Inhuman practices by employers

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THERE IS A new form of aggression among local employers which the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) fears will lead to labour unrest.
BWU general secretary Sir Roy Trotman said yesterday that the current actions of employers would be seen as “inhuman” and “coercive”, and he called on Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo to nip the situation in the bud.
Speaking to participants at a regional youth seminar at the BWU Labour College in Mangrove, St Philip, Sir Roy said reports indicated that after more than six months of “doing nothing”, some employers were “bullying” staff into signing contracts, some of which denied rights, benefits and privileges previously enjoyed by workers.
He said the “decent” thing for employers to do with regard to the legal requirements of the Employment Rights Act was to ask Byer Suckoo to provide for a two-month extension to the deadline that was previously given.

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