NWU and NIC Clash
The National Workers Union (NWU) on Wednesday wrote to the Chairman of the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) Lisle Chase, expressing its dissatisfaction for not allowing a worker time off to attend a workshop. The NWU said that it viewed the decision as “low, petty, wicked and antiworker.”
According to the NWU, the worker was invited to a two-day consultation for Civil Society and Private Sector Umbrella Groups on the development agenda for the OECS region. The consultation, organised by the OECS Commission through the Social Development Unit (SDU) and UNDP Barbados was held here Dec. 4-5, 2014 at the Auberge Seraphine.
The NWU said it informed the NIC management in a letter dated November 19, 2014 that Anthony Cornibert was selected by the management committee of the NWU to participate in the consultation and requested leave with pay to facilitate his attendance.
“This request is based on a provision in an industrial agreement between the National Insurance Coproration and the National Workers Union,” the NWU says. “At about 3:53 p.m. on Wednesday December 3, 2014 the NWU was informed that the request was not granted. “This new management style will do more harm than good to a relationship that we fought so hard to build,” the letter went on to say.
On Monday NIC staff had started a sick-out in protest of delayed negotiations between management and the National Workers Union (NWU).