70 Massy employees to go

Massy employees arriving for today’s meeting

Originally 190 workers employed at the Massy group of companies were targeted to be made redundant, but that number has now been reduced to 70.

Consultant to the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman, made the disclosure this afternoon shortly after meeting with over 100 Massy workers for two hours at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters.

The veteran trade unionist stressed that the significant reduction in the number of workers to be sent home did not come about by the efforts of the workers alone, but by the goodwill on the part of the employers.

Sir Roy, the former General Secretary of the BWU, added that 35 persons from the Massy supermarkets across the island have volunteered to go and another 18 from the home stores.

In addition, Sir Roy disclosed that the BWU has taken affirmative action to safeguard the well being of workers who are differently able.

Addressing the concerns of workers who are close to retirement, Sir Roy gave them the assurance that the union will be representing them for the full duration of their employment, up until the pensionable age.

Sir Roy announced that both parties hope to conclude discussions tomorrow at a meeting which is scheduled to be held at union headquarters. (NC)

32 Responses to 70 Massy employees to go

  1. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace January 17, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    what about the entire staff of JB’S supermarket which massy plans to close nobody is talking about them,these layoffs are coming from the other massy stores.right? The BWU needs to clarify this. The staff at JB’S ARE ABOUT 150 employees,what will happen to these persons when the supermarket closes?

  2. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade January 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Hi am sorry for the people that lost there job but massy can close what shop they like this. Young union try but what can day it not righy they make lot of money and send it out of barbados now the poor people out of work hi dont shop in thst store it got to urgent i go to jordon and anny black store lot more will lost there job with BLP you have money in your pocket now no money

  3. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones January 17, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    It is sad day when any business have to let people go, but these things are necessary if any business want to remain competitive. I have the utmost respect for any corporation that show discipline in their cost structure. Govt should take note.

  4. Raymond Jones
    Raymond Jones January 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    They could replace a few of the staff with self check machines. Retail like restaurant generally have small profit margin, thus it’s important to keep operational cost low. Bagging groceries should not be a career choice, if that’s the case then the is wasting money on education.

  5. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer January 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    This is how the year begin ? ThIs Messy not making sport. These people now take out and start sacking already… Look at life. I wonder if these jobs are for the TNT ?

  6. Patricia Julyon
    Patricia Julyon January 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Wha wunna xpec? Trinidad now hit a recession bcoz uh de drop in oil prices. Trinidad own Massy (3/4 uh Barbados). Work out de ress fuh wunnaselves ef wunna got de branes.

  7. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith January 17, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Okay that not a victory and I point to you why. Such a big company have negotiators that spent months planning for this day. They already knew 70 or a lesser number of employees have to go in order to keep profits the same or more often simply to improve profits.
    When the negotiators have everything in place, they announced that the company is in trouble and need to make cuts in order to survive. Most likely that its not true but the company CEO looking to cash in at the employees expense. Cutting staff is the oldest profit trick on the books. What that does is shift more workload and responsibilities to the existing employees instead of better marketing or being more competitive.
    Most importantly these companies are snakes in the grass. Now this is how things plays out. The company goes public with cries of wolves for months. Then later inform the employees that a factory or more have to close because things going bad. Most likely that is not true but the main reason is increasing profits. The next step is to contact the unions with inflated numbers telling them they have to close down 2 shops and 350 employees have to go to make ends meet (restructuring) that’s the nice word they use to manipulate you. Having said that the union and the negotiators goes back and forth over a period of weeks or months. All along the company CEO looking at 70 employees to meet his goals. The Union on the other hand thinking that they have made significant progress if they get the numbers in half or under.. If the Union hear that they is closing one store and not 2 during negotiations that becomes their marketing tool. Remember the Union is a business too and have to market its own product in getting members always keep that in mind..
    When all the negotiations is finished the Union comes out looking good with 70 redundancies 1 store close instead of 350 employees and 2 stores. Does the Union gets to look at the company books? Not a chance and everything is word of mouth…
    Now that’s what happens and it’s win win situation for 2 parties and the loser is you knows who (70 that’s on the breadline.)
    That’s why the government should never help big businesses and corporations. Now the taxpayers have to pick up the bill and Messy laugh all the way to the bank.
    Don’t forget that we live in a world of illusion everything isn’t as it seems.
    Over the years I been lucky enough to require good knowledge with various jobs so I pass it on when I can.

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Any business that have over 75 employees and its owners or shareholders isn’t barbadians born and breed the government shouldn’t help. Now you might think that is discrimination. But look carefully at the Indians in Barbados and see how they operate and expand. Well the white people does it too, I live in Sweden and have first hand knowledge. These people only employ (outside people) if they are forced to or its cheap labour. But they don’t call it discrimination but good business sense. Since 911 I knew something was wrong when the WTC come down. Being a structural engineer I knew and many others knew that wasn’t possible from the impact. Steel beams and the design make it impossible to collapse. Many structural engineers was told to keep out the media or was paid to twist the story.
      If you look carefully it been 15 years ago and still no public inquiry..
      The media is propaganda and control our thinking but most of all the economy..
      Don’t forget that you can’t trust me or anyone else so do your own research and thinking then form your own opinion..

    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor January 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Lawrence Griffith well said ..well said …wow …very nice

    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor January 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      You are absolutely right and on point …over here in the US ..i see alot of that ..whites would never hire blacks ..and other minorities that feel they are better because they are not black…hire they own.Resources out here are owned and controlled by whites and Jews.They only give work to blacks because the US government forces them by law ..but they hire their own and their friends lollll…and because of that blacks can not get alot of things like any other race can get easier..first of all being black they already hate you and label you as a criminal and dangerous ..and thats number 1…then they stop you from getting by ..by not hiring you so you can not live the American dream…big house and nice cars like they do and you can’t even buy food you have to turn to welfare…so thats how blacks become poor …so you are right..u are very much telling the truth my brother…but some people…you just can’t educate. .let dem come out here to these big cities and see for themselves how they will be treated…like dogs lollll

    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor January 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      You are right about another thing ..they do not see it or call it discrimination. ..they call it very good business skills lollll…wow…bajans got alot to learn ..they got to stop trusting other countries and helping them because other countries will never do it for them …It is nothing personal but to get ahead and keep getting head of the game …Bajans got to step up their game plan .Bajans are intelligent people …well most of them but they have to learn by observing lollll…the first thing you learn out here in the US in most jobs …is to observe ..then you can dip your foot in lollll…

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      You can’t put it any better America is the perfect example of discrimination and economic inequality. But it’s hidden under the banner of good business. In the 60ties when segregation ended all the whites was given land and houses. The blacks didn’t get nothing at the start of the booming economy between 50ties and 80ties. They were behind educationally, financially and emotionally. In the 70ties capitalism hit its stride and shift all the wealth to the 1% leaving the gap even bigger. Now today you have a candidate name Bernie Sanders saying the right thing but if he’s another Obama is hard to tell but one thing is certain he’s not going to win that easy with the corruption and money involved..

  8. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair January 18, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Lay offs and Bajans want 24 hour shopping…Lol

  9. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Let me explain something quick and easy. Big business and corporations doesn’t help the economy. Their first and only goal is to make as much money as possible doesn’t matter where it comes from. They pay as little as possible in wages and taxes. Most often hiding their profits all over the world in pension funds, shell companies or charities.
    A Shell company isn’t Shell Oil but a bogus company set up for hidden profits. It’s called shell because that’s what it is. The only thing it does it creates a protective shell over its profits from the taxpayers. The bigger the company the more shell companies they have like Apple, Facebook etc. All these companies didn’t get rich by paying their fair share of taxes. But by robbing the taxpayers in every country they operate in.
    The good news you can do something about it and avoid spending your money with them when possible.
    Support the small business owner in your town or villages in that way 90% of the money stay in Barbados.
    Go to local restaurants and bars, buy fruit and vegetables from the street hawkers you will get organic and less of chemicals. That’s what I do and that’s what you can too. Remember the people have the power these big corporations can’t exist without we..

    • John Johns
      John Johns January 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

      big business and corporations dont help the economy and all the do is look to make money ?….that is everybody aim in life …and to make profits one has to provide a service or product that society can benefit from…so dont get how on one end u say they dont benefit the economy yet say all they want to do is make money….how they making this money then? if massy were not around food would be even more expensive because that would be less competition in the supermarket sector

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

      John Johns you are partly right but if Massy wasn’t around then you have some other company filling the gap. I am not saying big corporations don’t form or play a part in the economy, but it doesn’t benefit so you and some people think.
      When they pay wages and taxes where does the profits go? That’s the question you have to ask yourself and see if the people of Barbados have something to shout about..

    • John Johns
      John Johns January 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

      i dont see business as some cash machine for govt …they all pay taxes …what i think is important when looking at businesses is the products they produce or the service they sell to society i see that as way more important than any tax they will pay …so yes massy profits goes to the shareholders (by the way all massy shareholders dont live in tnt)….do i wish the company was still owned by a bajan company ? yes but it is not massy fault that the company was for sale and they won the bid ….

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

      John Johns if you see providing a service is more important than taxes, then you are living in a bubble. When you said that you showed me you don’t understand the reason for taxation. Just hope you or your family don’t get sick because QEH is a mess. Just remember people and companies don’t get rich on their own.
      They transport their goods on our roads.
      They employ workers that we educate and train. They are safe in their companies that the police and fire service protect.
      All these things that their companies enjoy are paid for by the taxpayers.
      I believe if you built a factory or a good idea turn into something good. That’s terrific well done good for you, keep a big hunk of it but the underlined contract is you take a good hunk of that too and pay for the next kids/generation that comes along.. Taxes is very important and you need to know that the best places on earth to live have high taxes..

    • John Johns
      John Johns January 18, 2016 at 11:36 am

      now we getting some way …you speak of the qeh the roads the education police fire taxes are needed to run these thing …my question to u is if the companies have no products or services to sell where would they get the money to then pay the tax?……cart before the horse ….taxes can only be paid after money is made

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Well you missing my whole point John Johns. It’s how much companies contribute and both private an public sector have to work in harmony to function. My main point is big corporations and businesses don’t pay enough for their profits they take home.
      Why do you think theirs a rise in gun violence? That’s because of inequality in society and not enough wealth to go around because big corporations and businesses taking the majority..

    • John Johns
      John Johns January 18, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      wealth is not something that goes around u make wealth seems as thought they is a certian amount out there and cause one person has wealth others cant get …wealth and riches are created they are not taken from one person and pass on to another etc u make wealth

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Well you missing the point again. No one is talking about taking but they giving back to society. No one can create wealth on their own. You need the taxpayers funded infrastructure to support your business. That means everyone else pay for you. The bus you take, the car you drive you didn’t build the roads yourself, No should be the answer. You contribute just a small fraction and so is big corporations and businesses. So without the taxpayers there won’t be any riches or wealth for nobody.. If that’s not the case, then you tell me which company or businessman started out rich and wealthy?

    • John Johns
      John Johns January 18, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      wait ?….dude where the tax money comes from to get roads etc/…….it come from wealth others created it does not come out of thin air …before they were roads they was riches n wealth before they were hospitals they was riches n wealth before they were buses they was riches and wealth before there were schools there was riches and wealth taxation does not create wealth but as soon as wealth is created the govt comes for taxes ……

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith January 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Did I ever said taxation create wealth? You can give a man tools to work with but without knowledge he can’t do nothing.
      That’s where we are at with you..

    • John Johns
      John Johns January 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      lol what? we agree to disagree good conversation

  10. Brerlou January 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

    You have to understand what is going on at Massey. They put T&T dollars into Barbados for just this reason, for which we should be eternally grateful btw. The drop in oil prices will mean an eventual drop in the value of their currency. However, their Barbados MILLIONS will rise in value against the T&T currency, especially if the U.S. dollar is strong, since we are pegged to the usd. However, they can’t afford right now to lose any Bajan dollars, because their B’dos losses are magnified by the disparity in $ values between the two countries. So, in Barbados, there can be no thinking of the future right now. As long as the TT economy is changing, or threatened, they have to hold on to their Bajan dollars, which are virtual US dollars. Btw, this is not the time to be talking about changing our political system, for all of the above reasons.

  11. jrsmith January 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    As I said ,many times before , Barbados is there for the taking , but ,not by bajans.. This issue of massy ,is not a local issue, this matter should be dealt with by the minister for trade and industry, in other words ,Massy is taking the piss , showing up the fact , our government , don’t understand any business activity which is in over they heads,beyond tourism.

    Adding further , many corporations , have Barbados in they sights, and is not going to behave any different to Massy. Because they are not going to be challenge , on they true intentions, they will invest in Barbados with no guarantees , but if the going gets tough and rough they will pack up and leave, leaving behind the white elephants..

    What is needed in Barbados , a consultant to the government with Corporate and commercial business experience to teach them right from wrong of high level business… My point look at the hoo,ha set up , with the banks brewery saga and the fake ass way the matter played out..as though banks was a target to be taken when the time was right, and the escape trying to get the courts in Barbados , to hide the set up…

    We need to fix Barbados ,by getting ourselves together and starting a cottage industry , by our young people, we must try and stop depending ,on how many people visit Barbados a year as tourist, this mentality is for the pass.. we always talk of history, but most of that history ,hasn’t done us any good.

    The unions in Barbados needs to, be more proactive , choose a business consultant with experience, to teach them how the Corporate world turns, how Political Corporate corruption is happen before they very eyes, not recognising the symptoms, which is causing everything they try to achieve, is always shunted on a war footing to throw them of guard…

  12. sunshinecanada January 18, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Mr Griffith, Talk ya talk, u r, correct, Amen,


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