BEC looking to push ahead with “24/7” shift

Local employers have been told that they need to adjust their business models in order to remain competitive.

Speaking during the launch of the Barbados Employers’ Confederation’s (BEC)  latest publication,

BEC Executive Director Sheena Mayers-Granville suggested that there was need for greater national discussion on the suggested move towards a “24/7” economy, which she said would allow local businesses to compete with remote firms that have reduced fixed costs and bolstered mobility.

The BEC spokeswoman also said such a discussion must take into consideration the need for flexible business hours for the provision of domestic services.

“In this discussion we must also recognize that ensuring there is a social safety net will necessitate the active participation of workers now more than ever, and cannot be limited to employers only. Long term planning becomes critical not only in areas of social protection, such as maternity or sickness benefits, but of course in areas such as personal retirement planning,” she said.

The BEC boss also suggested that Government and the trade unions had a key role to play in ensuring that the necessary legislative and operating environment exists for fostering such flexibility and that there were no deterrents to doing business.

“We cannot be afraid if the employment looks different from the way it did ten, 20 or 30 years ago,” she said, while acknowledging that some workers would be more vulnerable as a result of the paradigm shift.

However, she said the BEC was keen to facilitate robust discussion on the pertinent concerns which may exist with a view to building consensus and finding solutions.

The employers’ spokeswoman also said the umbrella body stood ready to guide its members towards a
system of best practice as the changeover occurs to an
around-the-clock system of operation.

“Fortunately for us if other persons have done it before, we do not have to reinvent the wheel. We can learn from their mistakes and tweak theirs to suit our environment,” she said.

36 Responses to BEC looking to push ahead with “24/7” shift

  1. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson September 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

    If y’all want to work 24 hours its up to you, knock yourself out, but you won’t get any support on the matter from me or sure. Look for ways to help workers be more efficient during the time they already work.

    • Wayne P Hoyte
      Wayne P Hoyte September 21, 2017 at 5:40 am

      24/7 cant be for every industry/service. It cant be for every category of worker.

    • John Everatt September 21, 2017 at 5:47 am

      I agree that workers need to be more efficient in both private and public sectors. But I also agree with the move toward a more liberal economy. Things like store people are not allowed to stock shelves on weekends are really archaic. And some public sector departments need to be open on weekends seems to be a good idea since most people trying to deal with BRA and others have to take time off from work to renew drivers licenses and so on. This adds to the un-productivity that we see here every day.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Sounds like ur saying a person works for 24hr straight

  2. Sophia Cumberbatch
    Sophia Cumberbatch September 21, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Wunna with this 24 hour work day and don’t have proper infrastructure in place , no night care facilities, no proper transportation, no adequate security, improper lighting and the list goes on.

    • Eleanor Morgan
      Eleanor Morgan September 21, 2017 at 6:35 am

      i like the way you keep it real, fa real , things got ta b in place

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

      Sophia Cumberbatch ya took de words right outta my mouth,these people just talking nonsense about 24/7 it ain’t gine happen.

    • Carisma Amor
      Carisma Amor September 21, 2017 at 8:27 am

      Absolutely correct. Alot of things need to be put in place.

    • Amelia Gittens
      Amelia Gittens September 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

      I’m hoping that they have this inplace before hand and are just sharing this info and not working backwards as usal because Barbados works in a vacum and backwards

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman September 21, 2017 at 8:50 am

      stupse dem pulling talking points out dem ass thank you Sophia Cumberbatch well said.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

      But we have 24hr already why the fuss

  3. Corey Clarke
    Corey Clarke September 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

    We already got 24 hour service around here we don’t need anymore plz

    • hcalndre September 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      @Corey Clarke; where is the 24 hour service in Barbados? almost every work place shuts down by 5:00 PM and people can`t even get a bus after work. Sunday is the biggest shopping day you can find except Barbados that is lock down. Corey people have lives and they need money too. I know of many people that work 7 days a week for years, don`t they have a life too? Barbados is not ready for 24/7 or flexible work weeks yet. If a person has a shift, let say in the evening and finishes before mid-night or after, where is the transportation?

  4. Corey Clarke
    Corey Clarke September 21, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Ppl have lives to you know

    • Sophia Cumberbatch
      Sophia Cumberbatch September 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Then they will be telling ya about the youth need guidance I made a conscious decision I ain’t working next night shift only if I want too because I have to mentor my children ,help them with their home work and be there for them

      • hcalndre September 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm

        @Sophia C. it depends on a few things about the job, your seniority and the job requirements or you may have to find a job some place else, some people like working the night shift and some don`t although you get extra pay for the off shift, I love the night shift.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      we have a lot of persons that rather work at night than normal day. In a competitive world we need to do and out do what they do.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      list of 24 hour places in BIM –
      Gas stations
      Security firms
      Utility comanies
      a lil more
      list of places that can be 24hr –
      Data centers (KM2 Solutions)
      construction / Road works

  5. M.m. Cumberbatch
    M.m. Cumberbatch September 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Sooooooo we gine start with the port being 24hrs??

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      It is

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Well not to the public

    • M.m. Cumberbatch
      M.m. Cumberbatch September 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Containers move out 24hrs as well? That is part of the issue. Unless there is a major issue with paperwork im of the opinion if a container comes in monday morning tuesday evening it should be leaving. It boggles my mind how i can order an item, it is delivered to a us address within 48hrs, takes 6 hrs on a flight here but takes 3-5 days for me to get it in my hands. And oh lord doan let na bank holidays fall in that time.

    • Andre Holder
      Andre Holder September 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      The port works 24 hours.
      If a container arrive Monday morning it can de delivered Monday morning you just need to have your documents processed and cleared. You can get your container minutes after it is discharged.
      The problem is that most people wait until after the cargo arrive to pay the related fees.
      If it is consolidated cargo there can be a delay as after the fees are paid the container has to be scheduled. The main issues are some agents wait until most of their customers pay up beforehand or they may give some shipments a higher priority.

    • Kevin Watson
      Kevin Watson September 21, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      we are thinking more of personal items from shed 2

  6. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony September 21, 2017 at 7:04 am

    No, put proper legislation in place to deal with e-commerce transactions and you will have your 24-7 economy!!!!!!!

    • Andre Holder
      Andre Holder September 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Legislation to get the banks to remove their restrictive rules that frustrate progress.

  7. Keen Observer September 21, 2017 at 8:05 am

    All business owners do is think about money. More parents working at night means more children being left unattended to roam the streets and going to sleep without seeing a parent, especially in single parent families. The absence of parental guidance is an excellent breeding ground for future criminals.

  8. Ejd September 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Stop looking for excuses not to work. 24/7 already exists for lots of Barbadians, nurses, doctors, orderlies, hotel workers to name some. What special infrastructure was put in place for them? Bajans hate change.

  9. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott September 21, 2017 at 9:17 am

    There are 24/7 operations on the island for a long time now. However, those which they are talking about introducing they are not even ready themselves for the myriad issues they present; They don’t have resources ,opportunuties, or willingness to meet labour and union requests. I have learnt that nowadays everyone wants their time in the limelight -to be noticed, to appear relevant , to say something -anything. The game is called “self promotion”.

  10. The Negrocrat September 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I see these stupid comments and I shake my head.
    Some of us are either just dumb or maybe illiterate.

    ” BEC Executive Director Sheena Mayers-Granville suggested that there was need for greater national discussion on the suggested move towards a “24/7” economy”

    WHat is so hard to understand about that.

  11. Helicopter(8P) September 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Some of the complaints about the 24 hour system seems to be out of context and dislodged from reality of the thought process. I see some digression in the comprehension of subjects in too many Barbadians today; on national issues, this will cause literacy problems in just a couple of decades to come.

  12. Richardo Hurley
    Richardo Hurley September 21, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Nun of DEM ent gin work no shifts so DEM could talk

  13. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde September 21, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Push for working from home too, I don’t mind working from 3am until my work is done.

  14. john September 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Most of these companies don’t even pay a fair updated wage although some of the big ones post profits they complain about the hard economic times. They use bajans like tools only to be thrown away . I am suppose to believe they have the resourses to operate indefinately . Stupse !!!!

  15. The Negrocrat September 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Please read carefully what she said.
    Don’t just go by the caption to the story.

  16. Syrup September 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    What 24/7 what we hardly trying to make ends meet in this country you really think private sectors want to open them stores to pay more workers do you gor real people still sending home peiple left right n centre stop trying to live the overseas life style do.We have so much crime in this country who would be the guards when 3 quarters of the youth between18-30 have criminal records look trying getting people more money for then work first before talking about 24/7


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