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Stalemate in sugar talks


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EVEN AFTER nearly two hours of negotiations yesterday, the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Barbados Agricultural Management Company (BAMC) still have not decided how many sugar workers are to be sent home.

BWU deputy general secretary and director of industrial relations, Dwaine Paul, made the disclosure after the meeting which took place at the Agriculture and Factory Department of the BAMC in Warrens, St Michael. Discussions are to continue tomorrow.

The BWU and the Sugar Industries Staff Association have been in talks with BAMC since November. While some of the workers said they were hearing at least 45 people would be sent home, Paul said no final number had been reached. He explained that the layoffs were not as straightforward as in other sectors. (SB)

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