Layoffs begin

Workers at the National Housing Corporation were among the first to receive their walking papers this morning, as the Freundel Stuart government proceeds with plans to send home over 3,000 of its workers by the end of March.

Some of the dismissed workers turned up at the National Union of Public Workers headquarters after they were issued with their letters, with General Secretary Denis Clarke voicing concern that some of them had as much as 15 years service.

Clarke said up to now he had not received the promised official retrenchment list and he is cautioning that court action could follow to ensure the workers get the appropriate compensation.

Meantime, other government workers remain on tenterhooks as Barbadians on the whole have been reacting to the day’s developments.

Barbados Today spoke to many people who said they sympathized with the retrenched workers but they believed action needed to be taken in the best interest of the country.

However, efforts to get a comment from both Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Labour Minister Dr. Esther Byer-suckoo on the layoff process were unsuccessful.

Both declined comment, with Sinckler saying he is leaving it to the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. 

5 Responses to Layoffs begin

  1. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie January 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm


  2. Suzanne Nurse
    Suzanne Nurse January 31, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Oh deeear.

  3. Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla
    Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla January 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Tiffany u head can’t be good. ……b4 u would pray for your fellowman that is your response?

  4. Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla
    Nakita Xiv Iniestaxavivilla January 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    It’s not a matter of whether r not u r BLP or DLP……..U don’t kick a man when he is down. ………say a kind word r prayer for ppl not tease…….These r ppl with real lives feeling REAL pain. ………….Not everyone who has been sent home ignored Owen…… Have a heart!

  5. PhatKat Kalonji
    PhatKat Kalonji January 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Up till d time ppl get letters dem still saying no layoffs as yet…wdf really gine on n govt?


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