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Layoffs to follow LIME/FLOW merger

Another round of layoffs is pending at telecommunications company, LIME, following its decision to merge operations with former rival FLOW.

Barbados Workers Union (BWU) General Secretary, Toni Moore broke the news to reporters at a media conference today.

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore

BWU General Secretary Toni Moore

She described the pending action as “natural” because the companies were merging, but said she had no details regarding how many people would be affected or how soon they could be sent home.

“The company sought to approach the union to make us aware that as a consequence of the integration between Cable and Wireless and Columbus, that there would necessarily be impacts on staff,” Moore said.

“Up to this point, there has been no formal indication as to the extent of those impacts, but what the company has said is that in those areas where it recognizes that it may need to shed labour, that every attempt would be made to engage the Barbados Workers Union to make sure that the process in exiting workers is being upheld, and that every effort will be made as well to ensure that to maintain the company’s competitiveness, the best persons will be kept back.”

Prior to the recent merger decision with FLOW, Cable and Wireless, trading as LIME, had undergone significant downsizing over the last decade in response to fundamental changes in market conditions, including the end of its longstanding monopoly with the entry of competition as a result of liberalization of the industry.

7 Responses to Layoffs to follow LIME/FLOW merger

  1. Marc Goodridge
    Marc Goodridge June 26, 2015 at 7:07 am

    This should be expected. Any merger will bring layoffs

  2. Patrick Blackman June 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

    These two companies should never have been allowed to merge just like how CIBC and Barclays should never have been allowed to merge also. When will we start two think for ourselves.

  3. Tony Waterman June 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    @Patrick Blackman!!!! up to this point, your comments made sense, but i am a little surprised at this one, Barbados is NOT what C&W (lime) is after, they are after the Vast number of Telecommunications users in Central and South America, Barbados, Because of it’s Political and until Recently it’s Economic STABILITY was Chose as it’s Business Center, if they were NOT allowed to Merge the two entities, they would have SHUT down one or the other , and there would have been MORE job losses that expected, i am not sure that with BIG Business, how you would go about barring things like mergers and acquisitions, unless you want to be ignored completely, and then more people would Suffer??
    If Barbados want to ACT World Class, they have to be able to give and take, “ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE”

  4. Patrick Blackman June 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    @Tony Waterman – the issue here is competition which benefits all of us.
    ” if they were NOT allowed to Merge the two entities, they would have SHUT down one or the other , and there would have been MORE job losses that expected” , so are you saying that we should abandon competition for the sake of transient jobs?

    This merger is for the long run,and its full impact is yet to be seen. I am not against mergers, but mergers that significantly reduces competition especially in such a small space, I do have a problem with. “ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE” that why we need competion.

  5. Tony Waterman June 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    @Patrick Blackman!!!! There is NO lack of Competition. just support Digicel, and let them be the Competition for Flow, but don’t support flow and then complain about the lack of Competition.

  6. Patrick Blackman June 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    @Tony Waterman, ok brother you won this round… cheers!!

  7. J. Payne June 27, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Digicel might be for you, but their standards aren’t up to mine. Everything is always “we can’t help you over the phone , please send an email to someplace in Jamaica….” Bare waste of time. The government need to bring in someone else. I would instantly sign up with the new firm just to give them a chance to work their kinks and start to improve….]


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