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Layoffs ‘first phase of reform’


Layoffs ‘first phase of reform’

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The recent separation of workers from the Public Service must not be seen merely as retrenchment, but as the first phase in modernising the public sector.

Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan said Barbados could not achieve a 21st century service ethos by sticking to rules, regulations and structures with “old wineskins” that have not changed much since Independence. He was addressing the consultation on human resource development at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.

Noting that the comment was not designed to trivialise or minimise the hurt and pain still felt by those who have lost their jobs, the minister said that Government was in the process of detailing a modernisation programme with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). (BGIS)

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