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Final say

Final say LIME’S managing director Alex McDonald. (FP)

By YVETTE BEST | Tue, January 22, 2013 - 12:11 AM

A LETTER OF apology to LIME’s employees has been drafted and is awaiting the perusal of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and LIME’S managing director Alex McDonald.

That is the status of negotiations between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the telecommunications company, which had incurred the wrath of the union for sacking 97 workers.

LIME had agreed to issue an apology to the Minister of Labour and the affected workers because of its conduct in the affair.

A national strike was averted after Stuart intervened in the impasse. Stuart held two meetings with representatives from both sides and other stakeholders. The last meeting was a marathon session, which started last Friday and ended around 3 a.m. Saturday.

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Posted by Billy Boscoe 1 year, 8 months ago
This is interesting. A business has to apologize to workers for streamlining their operations due to employees showing up to work when they feel like it, and changing technology. I'm sure that Lime will find a way around this problem and these and other jobs will end up in Jamaica anyway.
In the meanwhile, investors are taking note...why bother to invest in Barbados. It is very expensive to do business, and it has a toxic labour environment. Hopefully Unions and government will wake up when the unemployment rate and crime are out of control.
Too bad this kind of decisiveness by the government is not shown with regard to Clico investors. This inaction has costed the country billions in foreign exchange, because no one is willing to risk their foreign capital here when the government has demonstrated that it is not safe. Even local business people are finding ways to export their funds.
Sad to say, this country is becoming a mess, and like Nero of old, the city is burning while those in charge are playing their fiddles. The potential job creators are taking note. Only those with an I.Q. Of less than Zero will disagree.

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Posted by young dennis 1 year, 8 months ago
Freundel stepped in between the warring fractions and cooled the temperament of all concerned. Has the sleeping giant awoken or is he smarter than Bajans give him credit for?

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 8 months ago
Most unfortunately,
Billy Boscoe is on the right thought-track!

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Posted by Real Bajan 1 year, 8 months ago
The workers are still laid off so what exactly did the union accomplish?

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Posted by dirty okra 1 year, 8 months ago
@Billy Boscoe. You said it so perfectly! You couldn't have hit the nail any straighter. Although I don't think the jobs will go to Jamaica. They WILL go, but I think there are more cost effective choices available to them.

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