Flow cuts

Services of some flow employees terminated

More Barbadians have been placed on the breadline.

Barbados TODAY understands that the services of some contract and part-time workers of telecommunications company FLOW have been terminated this week.

It is understood that those affected involved workers who were part of the Ericsson team, which was contracted by Cable & Wireless Communications, which now trades as FLOW, to manage services here. It is believed that all the contracted Ericsson employees will be going home by the end of October.

While it was not immediately clear how many people have been affected, Barbados TODAY investigations revealed that at least five people from sales, some from customer support, technicians and some independent sales executives, as well as some employed directly by FLOW have been given their walking papers.

Barbados TODAY was told that due to “overlapping duties and because of the organizational structure” the services of those staff were no longer needed.

Ericsson was responsible for facilitatiing the modernization of Cable & Wireless Communications’ mobile network in the region.

Officials of FLOW declined to comment on the development, and up until the time of publication Ericsson had not responded to a request from Barbados TODAY for a comment.

However, official sources said most of the workers who were severed were not members of the trade union movement and some of them were with the company under two years. Barbados TODAY was also unable to reach union officials for a comment.

At the end of June this year General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Toni Moore broke the news to reporters that a round of layoffs was pending at the company, following the takeover by Cable & Wireless Communications of Columbus Communications, which operated here as FLOW.

At the time Moore described the pending action as “natural” because the companies were merging.

“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 at the time.

Up to that time Moore said there was no formal indication as to the extent of the impact, “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 person will be kept back”.

Sources told Barbados TODAY that the severed workers were informed that they would be paid a month’s salary in about two weeks’ time.

Some of those sent home had up to two to two-and-a-half years left on their contracts

5 Responses to Flow cuts

  1. Nancy September 25, 2015 at 5:13 am

    This organization is treating it’s staff with total disrespect, the management of FLOW is very abusive cursing and treating their employees. They cannot identify what the overlapping roles are. Some terminations were clearly base on personality the managers chose who they wanted to go forward with. FLOW has created the the most unpleasant atmosphere throughout. I think it is very disappointing for the government to provide work permits and allow FLOW to bring persons from Columbia, Panama, Jamaica to work here and put so many Barbadians out of a job.

  2. carson c cadogan September 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Now lets see what Toni Moore and the Barbados Workers Union, the NUPW, The Teachers Unions, The Unity Trade Union, will do about it.

    Bear in mind that the Cement plant will be firing 40 workers at the end of October as well.

    It will be interesting to sit back and watch what unfolds. Although I dont believe anything will happen since it is not the Govt. of the day that they are dealing with.

    Trade Union Private sector fright will no doubt prevail.

  3. E. Jerome Davis September 25, 2015 at 7:53 am

    What would C. C. Cadogan want the unions to do if the employees were legitimately terminated? Why mention the unions at all? Why go look for strife where there is none?

  4. Ace September 25, 2015 at 8:10 am

    However, official sources said most of the workers who were severed were not members of the trade union movement. @ C C Cadogan don’t you read before you make your comments ? And even, if they were part of the union they were legitimately terminated. Meaning that the union can not do nothing about it.

  5. carson c cadogan September 25, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    E. Jerome Davis, Ace, I like how you are white washing this dire situation. All of a sudden these people dont have any Morgages to pay, children to feed, bills to pay, simply because they are being fired by the PRIVATE SECTOR.

    …”the employees were legitimately terminated….”, “official sources said most of the workers who were severed were not members of the trade union movement” talking about bending over backwards to avoid taking on the Private sector.

    Now if this were the Govt. I shudder to think how the “Trade Unions” would “piss parade” as we Bajans say.

    One Law for the Persians and another for the Meades, that is how the Unions operate in Barbados.

    So you workers better go along home and try to get a Govt. job the next time. Thats the only way the UNIONS will represent you and really earn the fees you pay them every week.


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