Close to a dozen workers were Monday given their walking papers as part of ongoing restructuring by Actavo, the Irish-headquartered company contracted by Digicel to provide services and which, according to its website, has a strategic partnership with the telecommunications company.
The workers met with management at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the company’s Manor Lodge, St Michael office after they were notified of the meeting by letter last week.
The notification had fuelled anxiety among the workers about pending job cuts, and Monday those fears were realized.
“We were given a letter last week and we hear it look like them going fire we,” one of dismissed workers told Barbados TODAY before entering Monday morning’s talks.
About 45 minutes later the same worker and ten other colleagues emerged with their official walking papers.
And while the workers refused to offer any further comments on their dismissal, the company’s Public Relations Manager Gary Gibney told Barbados TODAY: “Actavo is resizing its pool of human resources in Barbados in order to create greater efficiencies and meet the needs in the market.
“A consultation process with staff is currently concluding. Of paramount importance during this process is ensuring that all employees are treated in a fair and respectful manner.”
Gibney also warned that the restructuring process was ongoing, a suggestion that even more workers could go. However, he could not give any indication of the total number of workers who would be affected.