Workers at the National Housing Corporation were among the first to receive their walking papers this morning, as the Freundel Stuart government proceeds with plans to send home over 3,000 of its workers by the end of March.
Some of the dismissed workers turned up at the National Union of Public Workers headquarters after they were issued with their letters, with General Secretary Denis Clarke voicing concern that some of them had as much as 15 years service.
Clarke said up to now he had not received the promised official retrenchment list and he is cautioning that court action could follow to ensure the workers get the appropriate compensation.
Meantime, other government workers remain on tenterhooks as Barbadians on the whole have been reacting to the day’s developments.
Barbados Today spoke to many people who said they sympathized with the retrenched workers but they believed action needed to be taken in the best interest of the country.
However, efforts to get a comment from both Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Labour Minister Dr. Esther Byer-suckoo on the layoff process were unsuccessful.
Both declined comment, with Sinckler saying he is leaving it to the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.