Have a heart

On our Back Page two days ago we published a story headlined So What?, which quoted Executive Director of the Barbados Employers Confederation as stating it was not the employers problem if workers could not get to work.

While addressing a seminar organised by the Human Resources Management Association of Barbados, in response to a question from a participants, Walcott said:

Executive Director of the Barbados Employers Confederation, Tony Walcott
Executive Director of the Barbados Employers Confederation, Tony Walcott

“”Missing the bus or the bus not coming is not the concern of the employer.”

He insisted that workers were paid to be at work and to be on time.

However, fellow panelist, Mona Robinson, who is Assistant General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados suggested that depending on the circumstances employers should show flexibility.

Since the publication, our readers have been expressing some strong views on the subject. Here is a sample of those responses:

Kirt Jordan:

Just goes to show how much these employers care about their employees. Once they get their work done that’s all that matters. And they expect 100 per cent effort?

Pat Lucombe:

Quite true, some bosses just do not care.

Bajan Hut:

Yes, but that’s what they pay you for, not out the kindness of their heart. We the travelling public need to demand more from the service providers. I think that’s where our grouse should be. I agree with him there.

On the same note though, Mr Walcott: How you get extra work done over and beyond what you pay me for is not our concern either. Tell that to your buddies on the confederation. So ya see this lazy and inefficient talk? Scratch that, we do what we’re paid for. Knife cuts both ways, Tony.

Sammy Lewis:

If I know that a job that I am interested in is being offered in a part of the country where transportation to the job is difficult, then I would:

1) Not take that job;

2) Take the job and relocate nearby where I can get to the job without much difficulty;

3) Move nearer and buy a bicycle with which to get to work without depending on transport; or

4) Arrange with a friend to take me to the work for which I would pay him/her.

Sorry, but I have to agree with Walcott. If it meant getting out of bed at 2 a.m. to start walking to the job, then that’s what I would do if I really wanted that job and there was no reliable transport to get to it. People nowadays want their bread buttered, and they expect to eat their cake and still have it. Get real people. Get real!


It’s amazing that the same people that disagree with Mr. Walcott would complain when a business is not open on time. Maybe the employees missed the bus!

Fiona Waldron:

Well said Sammy and Renee. I don’t know how people in this society became so spoilt that we no longer understand responsibility. You have a job, it is your responsibility to get there. Amazed at the negative comments! Your boss expects 100 per cent because he pays you for it.

Sorry Bajan Hut, he hit the mark with lazy and inefficient and that covers both private and public sector. They are not saying anything new. Go to the Registrar’s office and you will see inefficiency to the max. Try applying for a landline with LIME you will see inefficiency. You sit in a lawyer’s office for forever because he cannot be bothered to see you on time. The carpenter says he is coming at 9 a.m., but graces you with his presence two days later.

You languish in the lines in the bank and the manager does not have the initiative to come out and see how things can be fast tracked. You sit and you wait in any given office and they have no worries telling you “come back tomorrow” or when you get to an office that is supposed to be open at 8:30 and someone tells you “X is not here come back at 11”. May X live forever because clearly no one else will touch his work. They can’t be bothered.

These are microcosms of the entire system. Now when the average Joe takes his lunch hour to go do business with any of these service providers the poor sod is likely to be missing for hours and then he too looks like a slacker.

Time for us Barbadian workers to take back up our mantle of pride and industry. If we cannot increase our productivity from the clerk up to the CEO, then I am afraid we will be fighting a losing battle. You better believe the countries with which we compete for trade and investment opportunities are giving it their all.

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