Friday 7 August, 2020

NUPW: Raised pay for GAIA workers approved

Christmas has brought the gift of increased pay to the members of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) who are employed at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA).

President of the NUPW, Akanni McDowall told Loop News:

“Right now we are very happy that they would have moved from their original position and we are very happy that we could say for now that negotiations have been concluded.

“In the eyes of NUPW this is a victory for us.”

He said that following yesterday’s meetings, “We met again this morning with the general membership at 10:30am.

“What they did for us is that they ratified the decision that we would have made at our negotiations yesterday, what we negotiated and what we concluded is that the workers at the airport will receive seven per cent increase, and then they will get whatever the public service receives once we finish salary negotiations for the public service.”

Therefore, GAIA Inc would have moved from a position of three per cent to a position of seven per cent. About 400 unionised-members at GAIA will be impacted by this move.

Pleased, McDowall said, “It was supposed to take effect immediately, hopefully. We are hopeful that the workers would at least received some back-pay before Christmas but it’s a short time between now and Christmas.”

And he noted that, “Of course we still have a lot of outstanding issues that we need to discuss in terms of terms and conditions,” but he reiterated that “for now this is a victory for NUPW and we see it as something that can be used as a means of negotiating in an amicable way going forward.”

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