Issues surrounding the modernisation and improved efficiency at the Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) were discussed recently during a courtesy call with Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, and a delegation from the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU).
The union’s delegation included General Secretary, Toni Moore; Special Advisor, Sir Roy Trotman; and Liaison Officers, Cameron Layne, Lisa Holder and Shawn Scott. Chief Executive Officer of the BPI, David Jean-Marie and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy, Esworth Reid, were also in attendance.
During the visit at the BWU’s Solidarity House headquarters, Mr. Humphrey commended the good industrial relations climate between the Union and management at the Port, and gave his commitment to assist with deepening those relations. However, he stated that operations there needed to be improved and things done differently.
In response, Ms. Moore outlined some of the challenges workers faced and indicated that she was looking forward to working with Government to make the necessary changes.
The parties agreed to ensure continued cordial relations going forward.