CIBC FirstCaribbean, 11 regional labour unions sign second historic agreement
Twelve years after signing the first historic document, CIBC FirstCaribbean and members of 11 regional trade unions recently initialled a second FirstPartnership Principles Agreement.
The signing took place during a two-day meeting of bank executives, managers, staff delegates and union leaders at the Hilton Hotel, Barbados, on June 22-23, 2017.
The groundbreaking FirstPartnership Principles Agreement was signed in 2005 and remains the only one in the financial services sector in the Caribbean. The unique agreement sees the signatories committing to follow a set of principles, which will guide them in their engagement. It also outlines the roles and responsibilities of the parties and their behaviours.
CIBC FirstCaribbeanâs chief executive officer Gary Brown, writing in the foreword to the document, said the bank was âfortunate to have a document like the Partnership Principles that has helped and will continue to help guide us when resolving issues affecting our people.
âThat we have been able to come together to develop and agree on such principles is a testament to the professionalism and spirit of cooperation of all parties. I look forward to continuing the dialogue between the members of the Partnership and to the many years of productive interaction that will benefit our employees, our company, our shareholders and all the clients we are in the business to serve,â he added.
Managing director, Human Resources Neil Brennan, who signed on behalf of the bank, said âthrough the principles of the agreement, CIBC FirstCaribbean has been able to collaborate with its trade union partners to navigate through some turbulent times, make some significant changes to the organization and the way it operates, to build a stronger, more successful bankâ.
Also signing on behalf of the bank was Mark St Hill, managing director, Retail and Business Banking, who noted that through the partnership, the bank hoped to âcontinue to deliver growth for the bank, its employees and customers. It is for the mutual benefit of our employees, our company, our shareholders and most importantly, the clients we serve.â
Chairperson of the partnership and president of the Bahamas Financial Services Union Theresa Mortimer said the partnership document demonstrated a commitment by the bank and the trade unions to work together to maintain a stable industrial relations climate within the financial services sector.
She was supported by vice-chair and general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workersâ Union David Massiah, who hailed the agreement as one developed by Caribbean people, which demonstrates âhow important it is for this partnership of employer, employee and unions to be working togetherâ.
The trade unions which are signatories to the newest agreement are: Antigua and Barbuda Workersâ Union; Bahamas Financial Services Management Workersâ Union; Bahamas Financial Services Union; Banking, Insurance & General Workers Union of Trinidad; Barbados Workersâ Union; Bustamante Industrial Trade Union of Jamaica; Commercial Technical Allied Workersâ Union of St Vincent; Federation of Financial Unions (formerly Bond di Empleadonan Bankario I Aseguro (BEBA) â Netherlands Antilles (St Maarten); National Workersâ Union of St Lucia; National Workersâ Union of Grenada; Waterfront and Allied Workersâ Union of Dominica.