Just over a dozen temporary workers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital began the day with employment but ended it jobless as Government’s retrenchment programme continues.
Tears were shed as 13 workers from the engineering and housekeeping departments and support services got their walking papers today. Two others will also join the list.
But the number is a far cry from the 60 that the Ministry of Health had initially instructed the QEH to retrench.
CEO Dexter James told Barbados TODAY that after finding other ways of saving $2.4 million, including freezing posts and attrition, the hospital was able to reduce the number of workers affected.
And although there is some displacement the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) says it’s very satisfied with how the process was carried out, calling it “one of fairest” and saying the union was always kept in the loop.