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Bracing for fallout


ANTOINETTE CONNELL, [email protected]

Bracing for fallout

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Today is expected to be an emotional one as hundreds of workers spend their last day on the job – casualties of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.

The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) last night confirmed it was bracing for the reaction by those receiving their pink slips as the Government embarks on the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT), an IMF-approved plan.

The country was forewarned of the pending fallout, most recently on Sunday in a national address by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who said the Government would use a scapel rather than the axe approach.

On Tuesday, Government’s senior technical advisor, Dr Kevin Greenidge, who is on secondment from the IMF, held a press conference to further explain the process that involved 1 500 workers, 800 of them from central Government and the remainder from the state-owned enterprises. (AC)

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