Fewer trade disputes filed last year

There were just over 1,100 trade disputes filed to the Department of Labour in 2019.

Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said in New Providence there were 870 trade disputes filed in 2019, less than the 924 cases in 2018.

Of those filed last year in the capital, 401 were resolved, 290 are pending, 63 were withdrawn and 116 were referred to the industrial tribunal.

On the Family Islands, there were a total of 278 trade disputes filed last year, compared to the 283 cases filed in 2018.

Foulkes said of those, 86 were resolved, 132 are pending, eight were withdrawn and 52 were referred to the industrial tribunal.

“The Department of Labour continues to focus its attention on providing an effective conciliation process,” he said.

“It is our hope that the labor professionals at the Department of Labour will continue to intervene in longstanding industrial matters in an effort to bring management and employees to the table and resolve outstanding industrial disputes.”

Foulkes pointed to the recent successful conclusion of a five-year industrial agreement between the management of Morton Salt and the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU); as well as the signing of new industrial agreements between management and the union at the National Insurance Board and the University of The Bahamas.

“It is our hope to foster an environment of industrial harmony in our country,” he said.

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Paige McCartney

Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas. Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016. Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News

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