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BCC, union agree

NUPW in effort to save college jobs

Barbados Community College (BCC) workers who have been targeted for retrenchment may keep their jobs after all. The final decision, however, now lies in the hands of the college’s board.

General secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Dennis Clarke, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that he and his team met with the BCC’s management today and alternative cost-cutting measures were examined to avoid sending home between 50 and 75 teaching and anciliary staff.

He did not disclose the other options that have been put on the table.

“We are supposed to get back to the table . . . . They [management] have to go back to the board and get back to us. So that should be pretty soon though,” the NUPW leader said.

The layoffs at the BCC were supposed to begin last Tuesday, but that was put on pause following several issues raised at an earlier meeting with the union.

It is understood that the Barbados Workers Union, which represents a portion of the staff, is scheduled to meet with management tomorrow.

As part of its cost-cutting initiatives, Government has identified more than 3,000 people working in Central Government and statutory boards to go home. That process is still ongoing since the target had not been reached by the initial March 31 deadline.

Workers have already been sent home from the National Housing Corporation, the Transport Board, Drainage Division, Beautify Barbados and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Meanwhile, retrenchments or redundancies are also pending at other state entities such as the National Conservation Commission and Government’s revenue collection agencies.

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