Monday, Jan 21, 2019

Judgement for BIDC workers

Judgement for BIDC workers
21 Dec

A High Court has ruled in favour of at least seven of the 20 workers who were retired about two years ago from the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation.

The judgement was handed down late Wednesday afternoon by Madame Justice Jacqueline Cornelius who heard the matter.

The workers, accompanied by their lawyers and some representatives from the National Union of Public Workers, made their way into the Supreme Court just around three when the matter was set down to be heard.

Once it was over, attorney for the workers, Gregory Nicholls explained the ruling.

Mr Nicholls says the next step is to submit claims for payment for the workers.

CBC understands that the BIDC has given an undertaking that it will pay all the applicable pensions and gratuity to the claimants, which would have accumulated up until age 60.

The BIDC has also indicated that it will appeal the order, which will determine whether it will pay the pensions and gratuity up to age 67.

A source close to the case says the ruling indicated that while the board of the BIDC has the power to compulsorily retire people once they reach age 60, it did not follow those procedures in this instance.

The source says the court also found that the workers had a legitimate expectation to a certain process and procedure that would have obtained in relation to their retirement.

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