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Minister meets with CWU tomorrow

Published: 
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Joseph Remy

Officials of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) will meet tomorrow with Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe to discuss the planned dissolution of the Tourism Development Company (TDC) and will be seeking a say in the TDC’s restructuring.

CWU secretary general Joseph Remy yesterday confirmed that the union will meet with Cudjoe who was due home from a Belgium trip by the end of last week.

Last Friday, the union filed an application in the Industrial Court to have TDC workers’ job terminations declared an industrial relations offence.

“We’ll attend tomorrow’s meeting but it’s doesn’t remove the industrial relations breach committed by Government in this matter,” Remy said.

The CWU is calling for Cudjoe to be removed as Tourism Minister and is also calling for Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to step down.

“Her approach is one of immaturity and arrogance which isn’t good character for any minister at this time,” Remy said.

“Also, since the Prime Minister says he’s responsible for the decision, his leadership also has to be reviewed with a view to being dissolved.

“You can’t accept responsibility for such a decision without saying what the remedy to it is. That is poor leadership,”

Remy said there is an alternative in the TDC matter which the union sees as “more appropriate in the circumstances and which can achieve the same outcome the Prime Minister wants.”

“We would want to tell the ministry that in the face of their breach of the IR process, they should give union, staff and stakeholders a say in the restructuring process,” he said

CWU is calling for a copy of a June 2016 report which purportedly influenced the dissolution decision

“We don’t know of any report save one on TDC by Barbadian tourism consultant Cecil Miller, nor have we seen any final report by the Standing Committee to examine tourism development,” Remy said.

He disagrees with the Labour Ministry as the venue for tomorrow’s meeting.

“The situation seems to have skipped a place since the Ministry and TDC should have met the union first on the dissolution and that didn’t happen but they’ve now shifted to having Labour involved,”

Remy said the union will continue demonstrations in front of Parliament this week, including after tomorrow’s sitting.