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Sep 9, 2014

CWU President Discusses Meeting with FCIB

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

CWU President Audrey Matura says the meeting was held to address three pertinent issues relating to Uwahnie Martinez’s employment situation.  That discussion, she said, was chaired by Ella Hoyos, who flew in from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s headquarters in Barbados to do damage control.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, President, Christian Workers Union

“The main person conducting the meeting on behalf of the bank was Ms. Ella Hoyos.  The country manager, Mr. Glen Smith, could not be there because he had to go at a bankers meeting I am told, but there were two other representatives in person and one by phone through Trinidad.  We had to deal with several issues, we dealt with two preliminary issues one of them being that we were not given any disclosure of any final decision that had been made against Uwahnie Martinez beforehand. And we still weren’t given it until today and we would not have made that be the reason why we would not have the meeting because I sensed that if we had taken that hard line, there would never be a discourse. However, there were three issues we had to put on the table to discuss. One had to do with a performance assessment that is in dispute because of how they went about it and which we believe was discriminatory. Two, there is the issue of a recent complaint that arose after Miss Martinez tendered her resignation and they were using it as basis as to not accept her resignation. And three, the issue of Garifuna speaking. Now let me give you the order in which they were resolved. On the recent issue of the fact that they will not accept the resignation and deal with a so called customer complaint; that was removed totally off the table. The complaint is dead, is not part of her record; they said it was never an official complaint. It is a non-issue, we are told. We are satisfied with that because had it become an issue, we had every right to have full disclosure and to have it discussed and ventilated. That’s one. Two, we also had the issue of performance. Miss Ella Hoyos said that she is not here to review any performance per say and that she will not play that role. So we addressed our concerns. We don’t feel that it was fully addressed the way we would want, however, it is not the end of the issue and we get to write them and let them know and address certain things. And it is not only for Uwahnie, because the review process that they go through is applied across the board and we have many members. And we understand that many of them are not satisfied with how reviews go at times, but they keep quiet so we can’t say anything. it also helps us to consider certain things when we do our CBA because some of those administrative matters can be dealt at that level. And then we dealt with the third level of the speaking of Garifuna which their position is that there was never really a directive or a policy per say. Our member stands by her ground that she was told not to speak her language in the bank. And so clearly they take their position; we stand by ours. We didn’t get to finish fully ventilate that. Of course they offered no apology to her nor to the Garifuna community. The bank feels that they will do their own PR and they will address it and deal with it in due course. So let them do their part, we will do our part and Miss Martinez also has her own individual right that she has her options. So that’s where we stand with that.”

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2 Responses for “CWU President Discusses Meeting with FCIB”

  1. CEO says:

    Dangriga people: Just stop doing business with that bank!

  2. Teddy Steinway says:

    Industrial relations 101. Ex-bank employee vs. the Bank. Union lawyer to the rescue?

    Bank presents a friendly competent honest face.

    Employee and union fade.

    Bank open for business again and Everyone is welcome.

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