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Authority looking to shed over 100 employees

The Barbados Port Inc wants to cut 110 employees from its total workforce of 392, according to correspondence dated April 08, which was sent to the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), the bargaining agent for the workers.

In the letter to BWU General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman, Port Authority CEO David Jean-Marie referred to a February 10 presentation to the Union in which it was made clear that the Port was affected by “declining revenues resulting from a reduction in cargo activity, compounded by a mixed performance in cruise over the last five years”.

“Despite efforts to control expenditure (including the rationalisation of senior management posts) the company is still challenged by excessive payroll costs, outdated labour practices, high debt service and an unsustainable pension deficit,” the letter, a copy of which has been obtained by Barbados TODAY, said.

“Faced with the above financial difficulties, Barbados Port Inc. must now set out a viable but critical path for its sustainability and survival. Consequently, we formally submit the following proposals to turn around the fortunes of the Bridgetown Port,” he added.

Efforts today to reach Jean-Marie for further comment were unsuccessful.

However, in his response dated April 24, Sir Roy promised the BWU would convene meetings of its various committees to study the document before replying.

The Port Authority CEO has proposed a number of measures that essentially amount to reducing the number of shifts, movement of tasks from ‘low productivity hours’ to other shifts, and reductions in staff in the interest of greater efficiency.

“Our national duty and responsibility mandates that we take action now to safeguard our only seaport in the interest of our citizens, now and into the future,” Jean-Marie said in his layoff proposal to the union.

The proposed retrenchments at the Port were highlighted last weekend by Opposition MP Edmund Hinkson, who was the first to publicly release the figure of 100 workers for layoff.

The St James North representative said the management of the port had already notified the Barbados Workers Union of its intention and the two parties were due to begin negotiations. Since then Sir Roy has confirmed that lay offs are on the table.

“The port is going to be taking out its Marine services as part of its operations. We are going to be discussing that with them shortly but that is not to say that we have settled down on any discussion about anything with anybody. They have written to us to say we want to have another series of rationalisation talks and we’re ready to begin those talks,” Sir Roy said.


8 Responses to PORT CUTS?

  1. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway July 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    So why is this posted twice. was posted 2 hours + ago with comments

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 2, 2014 at 3:39 am


  3. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie July 2, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Not a single layoff in the 2013 election campaign

  4. Jackie Charm Clarke
    Jackie Charm Clarke July 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

    More layoff again

  5. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John July 2, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Looks like Bajans got hoodwinked with the last election! No layoffs by this administration!

  6. Adonna Hamblin
    Adonna Hamblin July 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    That’s means, the wait becomes longer than ever, ppl walk with your bed and meals to last a week.

  7. Glendon D. Barrow
    Glendon D. Barrow July 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Time to retire the long standing and make room for the young. Its only fair. Lets rebuild Barbados one younger employee for every one retired person or persons. In my opinion.

  8. Glendon D. Barrow
    Glendon D. Barrow July 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    This way. All layoffs could be avoided.


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