Over 100 supermarket jobs at stake

No way Jose!

That was reportedly the reaction by former General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman to a proposal by management of JBs Supermarket, Sargeant’s Village outlet to close its doors on October 1 and send home close to 200 workers.

Sir Roy Trotman
Sir Roy Trotman

According to well-placed sources, so irate was Sir Roy that he threatened to “shut down the country” if management followed through with the suggestion.

As a result, the new date for the closure of the supermarket, which has been in operation for over 25 years, is December 31, with 140 employees expected to go on the breadline.

However, the popular supermarket, owned by Trinidadian conglomerate Massy Stores, is set to re-employ 50 of those workers at its new Mega Store, which is expected to open in March.

Efforts to contact Sir Roy for comment proved unsuccessful

Just over a month ago, General Secretary of the (BWU) Toni Moore revealed that the union was currently in negotiations with the management of the supermarket following a decision to lay off 100 workers.

The reason given for the closure of the supermarket was that there were too many outlets in close proximity to each other catering to a limited market.

“There is a Massy outlet in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael. There is one at the bottom of Rendezvous Hill, Christ Church and there is another Massy outlet at Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church. In addition, soon there will be a massive Popular Discounts outlet at Kendal Hill, Christ Church, which will also eat into the market share of the Massy stores. It makes economic sense to close one of its outlets,” said the source, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the company.


3 Responses to Over 100 supermarket jobs at stake

  1. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde November 18, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Just a quick question…why didn’t the union’s tell the government no way Jose when 3000 ppl went home from among their ranks? Wouldn’t that cause distress too considering their jobs were promised to them during the election…hmmm I guess one rule is for the Medes and one is for the Persians.

  2. Sue Donym November 18, 2015 at 5:06 am

    According to the article, just over a month ago the union was negotiating re the lay off of 100 (para 7); now the plan is to send home 140 (para 4). Did the union input cost another 40 jobs?

  3. Bernard Codrington. November 18, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Was there a need for the Sky mall outlet? Was a market survey done for the proposed Kendal Hill outlet? The Rendezvous outlet is the outlet that needed to be closed.


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