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BWU concerns over layoffs

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

BWU concerns over layoffs

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ACKNOWLEDGING that this was the most “turbulent time” since he held office, Barbados Workers Union (BWU) General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman is concerned about the increasing lay offs throughout the private sector and thinks that Government maybe challenged to prevent some job losses in the public service.
Speaking at a press conference at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters in Harmony Hall today, Sir Roy felt that the unemployment rate may now be actually 13 per cent rather than the official figure of around 12.2 per cent.
“I foresee that there are challenges to the Government in meeting its obligations to honour the no lay off agreement but I am equally conscious of the fact that there was a lot of talk about layoffs for some months now and I think we have to bear in mind that the Government has to be the employer in the last resort and the Government has to be the one setting the example when the crunch comes,” he said.
Sir Roy said that construction required new start ups and the hotel industry cries out for an injection “to get people back out.”