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CTUSAB president: Upfront discussions necessary
The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) is imploring employers to hold discussions and have open, upfront dialogue prior to making decisions. This was the advice of President Cedric Murrell, who was speaking during a press conference yesterday as he pleaded with employers to comply with this request.
Murrell said that workers are under stress and hurting and the unions and staff associations are capable and competent enough to represent them prior to decisions being made.
“Before the stage of making determinations, have dialogue,” he urged.
General Secretary of the CTUSAB Dennis de Peiza added that the organisation is solution-oriented and as such they would propose alternative forms of engagement and reabsorption.
President Murrell noted that this country can ill afford to have a high unemployment rate, and this is why CTUSAB is continually asking employers to steadfastly hold on to the employment of our people.
Speaking to the issue with LIME, he said that they are still in discus-sions because though the bottom-line painted by LIME shows that there will not be a loss in employment but a gain, Murrell stated: “The issue that we have is though the maths may say that, the impact will not.”
Highlighting that the need is for open lines of communication, the CTUSAB head is earnestly calling for employers to embrace that dialogue is necessary. He said that there will always be a level of apprehension amongst employees, who may be wondering “Will it be you, he, she, or me?”
However, “We do not want it to get that point,” Murrell said.
And as de Peiza reiterated, the call is for dialogue, collaboration and consultation so that in any situation mayhem does not prevail. (KG)