Workers at the Transport Board have been given a one-week reprieve, but just like their counterparts at the National Housing Corporation, several will soon be sent home.
A statement issued earlier this evening by the board said management met with representatives of the Barbados Workers Union earlier today and have agreed to the need for separation of some employees.
However, the exact figure is still to be determined as the board is first giving workers the option of voluntary redundancy.
“After this initial process the management will consider persons who qualify for early retirement; followed by persons who have medical challenges and poor attendance records; afterwards, employees whose performance has been less than satisfactory over the years.
“At the end of this process, another meeting will be convened on or before Friday, February 7, 2014, with the BWU to continue and hopefully conclude discussions on the above named subject matter. In the event that the above does not realize the necessary reductions, the management will commence the accepted practice of Last In, First Out,” the Board statement added.
Management has also issued an internal memorandum to all staff updating them on the talks with the BWU.
In addition to the voluntary separation scheme, that statement makes specific reference to early retirement for persons who have reached the legal retirement age of 60 years.
“In this regard, all interested persons are asked to submit their names on or before Tuesday, February 4, 2014, to the human resources manager.”
However it makes clear that “this does not guarantee that your expression of interest will automatically be accepted by management”.