BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC - The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has decided to put on hold, plans for a national strike pending the outcome of talks with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on Friday.
Prime Minister Stuart has summoned officials from the union and the telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (Barbados) Limited, to the meeting in a bid to end the impasse over the company's refusal to withdraw termination letters issued to 97 workers last week.
Stuart met with BWU and the company officials including general secretary Sir Roy Trotman on Tuesday and while reports indicate there had been some progress, there were still some outstanding issues to be addressed.
We were able to the root of the differences between the two sides. We have not resolved the outstanding issues that would result in a return to normalcy but I would say that to the extent that we have narrowed the issues down and we now know what remains to be resolved to effect a return to normalcy we have made some progress, he said.