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Cabinet approves layoff framework

Cabinet has approved the framework for the reduction of workers in the public sector and payment of terminal benefits to displaced officers.
This follows the announcement last December by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that 3,000 workers would be going home by the end of March.
While the Freundel Stuart administration is yet to release the final list with the names of people to be sent home, a  detailed Government circular issued to permanent secretaries and heads of departments, dated January 22,  instructs that “the retrenchment policy should generally be last in first out”.
It also says that “care should be taken to ensure that programmes are not unduly affected” and advises the “the award of terminal benefits to those laid off be a severance type payment similar to that paid to their counterparts in the private sector”.
The circular also specifies that no compensation should be payable to displaced persons “with less than two years of service” or to “people who are age 66 and over at December 31st 2013, except that payment may be made to such persons who do not qualify for National Insurance pension because they have not been able to make the required number of contributions to that scheme.”
It adds that persons “who retired on a pension but have not subsequently been re-employed” will not qualify for payment.

Any service in respect of which compensation is paid will not count towards continuous service for retirement benefits in the future.

2 Responses to Cabinet approves layoff framework

  1. Alex Alleyne January 26, 2014 at 9:38 am

    First those persons that are at the age and the others that have in the years should go home . Next, those who are always on sick leave ” when not sick” , and others who just show up for a pay cheque , should also go . Ministers should take a 20 per cent pay cut and drive their own car to work . A two dollar fee should be paid by all person over 20 years of age and under 65 years of age when visiting the polly clinics.

  2. Don Clarke March 11, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Would somebody, anybody get this announcement to Sir Roy Trotman of the BWU. Talk about a man who is “Out to lunch!”. The good gentleman has called an emergency “Greater Good” press conference to announce “WERE IT UP TO SIR ROY TROTMAN the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) would have called a general strike and shut down the country over Government’s mishandling of the lay-offs of 3 500 civil servants and statutory corporation employees.

    The veteran union boss told journalists yesterday that it had taken all the restraint he could muster not to call a general strike over Government departments and boards’ bungling and “mindless” decisions in the dismissal of hundreds of workers over the past five weeks.

    Sir Roy revealed yesterday in a quickly-summoned Press conference at Solidarity House, the BWU’s headquarters, that he had chosen to take the high road to protect the country’s stability for the sake of the struggling tourism industry.” I don’t know how he can walk. What stones!!


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