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Rayside jobs rescue

Roy R. Morris Editor-in-Chief

Rayside jobs rescue

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Government has thrown a lifeline to Rayside Construction that should save the jobs of 60-odd laid off workers; but it is debating a dilemma at the Transport Board that could be painful for a lot more Barbadians, regardless of the outcome.
WEEKEND NATION investigations revealed that the Democratic Labour Party Cabinet was yesterday presented with two matters that fall under the ambit of Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley, and while a position was taken on one, the other is expected to be decided on shortly.
In the first instance, Lashley confirmed that the Government had agreed to send a letter to “creditors” of Rayside Construction, one of the island’s leading road building firms, pointing out that it was “guaranteed work and funds” and “they have indicated they will resume supplies to the company once that letter is received”.
The minister added that this should result in scores of laid off workers being back on the jobs “next week or the following week”.
On the second matter, which has serious implications for the continued operation of the Transport Board, Lashley refused to answer any questions, except to say: “Yes, we are facing serious challenges at the Transport Board, but we will make a decision in due course. I cannot say more than that.”