19 lose jobs at BL&P




19 workers at the Barbados Light & Power Company received their walking papers this morning.

The cuts affected workers in the professional, supervisory and engineering groups.

The workers were informed at one-on-one meetings with management.

Human Resources Manager at Light and Power Roger Babooram said the specific roles were eliminated as part of a cost cutting exercise to make the company more efficient.

Just yesterday, the power company and the Barbados Workers Union held intense closed-door talks with Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix on the restructuring process.

But the two sides emerged admitting there were still major differences on several matters including severance pay.

3 Responses to 19 lose jobs at BL&P

  1. Patrick Blackman June 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    ” cost cutting exercise to make the company more efficient.” This doesn’t make you more efficient, it makes you more money for your shareholders. If you want to be efficient look at your processes first.

    I alerted the people of this country sometime back about the nature of this company and no one took me seriously then, may now they may give it another look.

  2. Caswell Franklyn June 17, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Let’s face it, Emera,mthe owners of BL&P, is in business to make money for its shareholders, and not to provide jobs for anyone. If they could get their operations going without human intervention they would do so. They are not Barbadian and quite frankly, the welfare of Barbadians is not one of their priorities.

    The problem is that Barbados should not have the ownership of its lone electricity supplier in foreign, money-grabbing, capitalistic hands. No one in Emera’s Canadian head office cares anything about any individual in Barbados. They are only interested in the bottom line. But why should they care if our own Government does not. They facilitated the entry of Emera into this country by requiring the National Insurance Board to sell its shares in BL&P.
    And now BL&P is following Government’s lead by sending home staff. The only difference is that BL&P is not sending the workers home penniless.

  3. Patrick Blackman June 17, 2015 at 11:09 am

    @Caswell Franklyn – you are right, this is what I tried to warn these people about. You cannot have your key social and economic infrastructure in the hands of foreign owners. I am not saying that we should not attract foreign investment, but not to the extent that we lose control of everything that makes us B’dos. Look at the amount of land held by foreign owners. Are we to become a nation of maids, gardeners, cooks, nutsellers and low skill labour?


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