CBC reconsidering sending home workers, says Barbados Union

Saturday, November 17, 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados Workers Union (BWU) says it appears that the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is rethinking its decision to send home all of the 116 employees it had selected under the government's restructuring programme.

“And contrary to what is being put out there, the Barbados Workers' Union is giving full consideration to what alternatives are possible,” BWU general secretary Toni Moore, told reporters Friday night following talks with the CBC management.

She told reporters that it “is the very reason that these meetings have not been concluded, and that even as we speak, the CBC is going back to relook certain positions to come back to us and see what possibilities might exist.

“For that reason we are not committing any specific details at this time, because details today can change on Monday,” she added.

Last week, CBC announced plans to send home more than half of its 230-strong workforce while also agreeing to a proposal by the employees' bargaining agent for voluntary separation.

“The union accepted that voluntary separation will be under the same terms and conditions as those who will be retrenched from the corporation,” CBC said, noting that severance payments and payment in lieu of notice for those opting for voluntary separation packages, along with the retrenched employees would be as outlined in the Severance Payments Act and the Employment Rights Act

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