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First set of employees leaving BL&P at month-end

TREVOR YEARWOOD, [email protected]

First set of employees leaving BL&P at month-end

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SEVERAL EMPLOYEES of the Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) Company Limited are expected to exit the business at month-end, having accepted early retirement and voluntary separation packages.

Others who have opted to take the packages are being asked to hold on for periods ranging from three to nine months to ensure continuity of operations at the power supplier.

The company’s Human Resources Manager Roger Babooram spoke with reporters about the time-frame for departures this morning after BL&P briefed the Sub-committee of the Social Partnership on a plan to cut operating costs by nearly $30 million.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer chaired the meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Those attending included Barbados Workers’ Union general secretary Toni Moore, former general secretary Sir Roy Trotman, Babooram and several BL&P workers.

The BWU had complained that the power company broke the rules by taking the cost-cutting plan to its employees before discussing the matter with the Social Partnership, which groups labour, Government and private sector representatives.  (TY)