No way Jose!
That was reportedly the reaction by former General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman to a proposal by management of JBs Supermarket, Sargeant’s Village outlet to close its doors on October 1 and send home close to 200 workers.
According to well-placed sources, so irate was Sir Roy that he threatened to “shut down the country” if management followed through with the suggestion.
As a result, the new date for the closure of the supermarket, which has been in operation for over 25 years, is December 31, with 140 employees expected to go on the breadline.
However, the popular supermarket, owned by Trinidadian conglomerate Massy Stores, is set to re-employ 50 of those workers at its new Mega Store, which is expected to open in March.
Efforts to contact Sir Roy for comment proved unsuccessful
Just over a month ago, General Secretary of the (BWU) Toni Moore revealed that the union was currently in negotiations with the management of the supermarket following a decision to lay off 100 workers.
The reason given for the closure of the supermarket was that there were too many outlets in close proximity to each other catering to a limited market.
“There is a Massy outlet in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael. There is one at the bottom of Rendezvous Hill, Christ Church and there is another Massy outlet at Sargeant’s Village, Christ Church. In addition, soon there will be a massive Popular Discounts outlet at Kendal Hill, Christ Church, which will also eat into the market share of the Massy stores. It makes economic sense to close one of its outlets,” said the source, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the company.