The Social Partnership Sub-Committee met on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, to discuss the impasse between the BIDC and the NUPW and provide, according to its Protocol, ???a forum whereby through consultation and the exchange of information there can be the betterment of the industrial relations climate???.

After approximately four hours of discussion with the Partners, the BIDC made an offer which the NUPW indicated they would be ???prepared to embrace???.

The NUPW agreed to discuss the offer with their partners and constituents and advise the Chair of their decision no later than the following day (Wednesday, July 15). It was further agreed that there would be no statement to the media other than general comments by the Chair.

In yet another unprecedented move, the NUPW later gave a press conference without advising either the Chair or the BIDC of its decision. This is regretted as there are now some inconsistencies between the offer the BIDC made and read to the meeting, and the offer the NUPW is reportedly accepting.

The full statement may be downloaded here.

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