One radio station, 95 employees cut from CBC
The Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) have completed negotiations on job cuts, leaving 95 employees going home and one radio station permanently off air.
Just after 4 pm today, union officials met with workers to provide an update of the downsizing of the company as part of the Barbados Economic and Recovery Transformation (BERT) programme.
Advisor to the BWU, Sir Roy Trotman spoke to the media following the meeting where he explained the BWU has been in robust negotiations with CBC to try to reduce the number of employees going home or try to retain some employees on a contracted basis. He said the management had expressed the unprofitability of CBC as a major issue and this resulted in the high number of employees being made redundant.
Most departments at CBC have been affected by the layoffs. Of the 95 to be sent home, 17 are going by voluntary separation, including voluntary retirement and 78 are being terminated. Radio station, 94.7 FM will be taken off air while 98.1 and 100.7 are to be kept on air but revised.
The layoffs are expected to be completed by the end of November.
Sir Roy said the BWU perused the list of proposed retrenched workers closely to ensure due process was followed.
“We have gone to the workers... to look at the list to see whether the list properly addresses the approach we had agreed on – last in, first out. They should also be looking at hardship cases and where hardships cases are there, there should be making us aware because there are institutions that the Prime Minister has put in place to ensure that we don’t get destitute homes resulting from the programme.”
He said opportunities have been offered to retrenched workers for part-time and contractual employment but workers are still quite concerned about their future without a job.
“Lots of the workers still have concerns about what it will mean for their families, for their mortgages and the resulting pain there will be and we are offering our help to mitigate in the circumstances.”
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