More than a dozen posts are to be made redundant at the Nation Publishing Company by the end of May, as it proceeds with previously-announced staff cuts.
Today the newspaper company, which is owned by the Trinidad-based One Caribbean Media Group (OCM), began the process of informing the affected workers of their pending terminations after officially informing the workers’ representative of its plans on Monday.
In a letter to the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) the company blamed the highly competitive and rapidly changing print media environment for the layoffs.
It also said that as a result of challenges posed by the various social media platforms and as a consequence of dwindling newspaper revenues over the past ten years, it was forced to make 13 positions within the bargaining unit redundant.
This would affect the jobs of one advertising sales executive, two classified advisors, one type setter, one senior writer, one traffic coodinator, one lithographer, one graphics artist, one senior accounts clerk, one sub editor and three reporters.
“The criteria for determining persons for redundancy will be based on the following consideration; knowledge, skills and abilities critical to the viability and future success of the company and the last-in-first-out, where applicable. The terminations are scheduled to take place effective May 31, 2018,” the letter signed by the Group Human Resource Manager Margaret Husbands and addressed to the BWU’s Dionne Howard said.
However, Barbados TODAY understands that as many as 30 workers could be affected by the pending job cuts, which will also affect non-unionized members of staff, including senior managers.
The cuts by OCM also extend to the Nation newspaper’s sister radio station StarCom Network, in keeping with the announcement made last month by group’s Chief Executive Officer Anthony Shaw, who is due to address staff here tomorrow. (EJ)