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Lime Close to Agreement in Sacked Staff Dispute

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The Barbados Workers' Union (BWU) says that it is close to securing an apology from Cable & Wireless' local mobile network, Lime over the dismissal of 97 staff recently.

The matter had caused the union to call a nationwide strike, which is now on hold, after it was suggested that the company had targeted the sacked staff for incompetence. The company later apologized for not following procedures correctly, but the union was holding out for an apology to the affected staff directly.

The General Secretary of the BWU, Sir Roy Trotman, told the media that the dismissed staff can expect to receive a severane package as part of the agreement, which is still to be finalised. A further 35 staff facing dismissal are to have their cases processed differently.

The company and the union had been in overnight talks over the weekend to secure the settlement following the intervention of the Prime Minister.

The union had threatened to bring its entire 25,000 members out on strike if the matter was not resolved.

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