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Julian Hunte is GEL’s new human resources boss

budget2013julianhunteThe former second in command at the island’s largest trade union has taken up a managerial post in the private sector.

Julian Hunte, who succeeded former longstanding Barbados Workers Union Deputy General Secretary, Robert Morris, effective February 1 last year, resigned from the position after less than one year on the job.

He is now Goddard Enterprises Limited’s Group Human Resources Manager, a job the local conglomerate said he started on February 1 this year.

“Hunte was appointed … with responsibility for Industrial Relations, Compensation & Benefits and Recruitment,” GEL announced recently.

“He replaces … Jennifer Bradshaw-Wood who was promoted to the position of Divisional General Manager — Human Resources & Community Relations… Hunte brings to the group, significant experience in industrial/employee relations, including negotiation skills, employment law, conflict resolution and health and safety,” the company added.

Hunte, who also held the post of director of industrial relations at BWU, had been earmarked to lead a fresh crop of union leaders, replacing some veterans were were near retirement.

“I need to see the organisation solidly planted. I think that we have the raw talent but I believe that the environment right now is very volatile and that it may be necessary, for our steering the ship successfully, for me to accept those flatterers who say that I should stay a wee bit longer, not too much,” BWU General Secretary Senator Sir Roy Trotman said at the time of Hunte’s appointment.

Sir Roy had noted that he had delayed his own retirement at the organisation’s request. The current BWU Deputy General Secretary is Veronica Griffith. (SC)

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