Stop the downsizing talk, says Inniss

Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss wants to see a greater national focus on productivity that leads to employment, and less talk of job cuts and downsizing.

Addressing the 40th anniversary dinner of the Barbados Association of Office Professionals (BAOP) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last night, he expressed concern that “the Barbados of today is still too engaged in talks about layoffs and downsizing”.

From left, BAOP President Sandra Griffith-Carrington,  Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss and BAOP life member Jennifer Hinkson during the organisation's 40th anniversary dinner.
From left, BAOP President Sandra Griffith-Carrington, Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss and BAOP life member Jennifer Hinkson during the organisation’s 40th anniversary dinner.

“We need to urgently make a paradigm shift in our thought processes and actions that will lead right away to hirings and upsizing,” Inniss said.

While praising BAOP for having an organisation whose objective was to focus on production and not negativity, he pointed out that in times past the qualities of the Barbadian worker were reflected in their “warm smiles” and a “genuine willingness to help and circumstances where going beyond the call of duty was the uncompensated norm and not a well-paid exception.

“One may also argue that those were the days when productivity in this island was extremely high. Perhaps that is anecdotal, perhaps it is not. However, many of us can readily attest to a perspective that workers seemed to be more productive back then,” Inniss added.

14 Responses to Stop the downsizing talk, says Inniss

  1. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls April 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Staff cuts and downsizing is how conservatives think and speak. While those at the top enjoy more and more

  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis April 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Every blind,deaf and dumb persons done know that once the DLP started the process all of Barbados would have follow,whether they were meking money or not.

  3. Mac10 April 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    That’s rich coming from the single biggest “downsizer” own the Island, despite an election pledge of “NO LAYOFFS”!!!!!!

  4. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt April 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    WTF!! These people ain’t normal.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 26, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Wait…….short memory or suffering from amnesia. Wasn’t it the DLP that promised no job cuts or layoffs? Another walkie talkie that need the batteries removing.

    • Thomas Katt
      Thomas Katt April 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Foot in mouth syndrome. Mental got to be full

  6. Louise King
    Louise King April 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    How many voices speaking– eh ?let me ask de B L P get ministers in Govt?

  7. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock April 26, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    The economy is getting smaller and smaller, if the downsizing continues especially by businesses who’s a monopoly, where is it going to stop, yes we all agree that government start it quite heavily! and if the slide continues you might be next.

  8. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne April 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    You all need to stop downsizing we country, Donville.

  9. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson April 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Donville Inniss ought to tell his boss and the rest of the DLP about downsizing, his party are the worst offenders Or is Inniss to busy getting his name and photo’s in the press, to see the real truth about his party.

  10. Tony Waterman April 26, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    @Mac10!!! This is do what i say, not what i do

  11. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall April 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm


  12. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne April 27, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Barrow led a Cabinet of 5 people at independence. Why don’t you all try to follow/copy Barrow in that?


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