The island’s largest public sector trade union is meeting with its retrenched members on Wednesday morning as it complains that the ministry with responsibility for the Civil Service has thrown the job cuts exercise into uncertainty and confusion.
Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), Wayne Walrond, said the union will be seeking further consultations with the Head of the Civil Service to get clarity on some concerns. He said the goal posts kept moving on the exact number of workers being terminated.
“You are hearing 800 plus. You are hearing 900. You are hearing 1,500 between the public sector and the boards. Now you are hearing only 1,500 from the public service. Then further along it may be a total of 2,500.” Walrond said.
Walrond told Barbados TODAY on Monday, the 10 am meeting at Dalkeith Road headquarters will allow the union to update displaced workers as well as get feedback from them.
He said while the main agenda item will be the loss of jobs, the meeting will tackle other challenges that have emerged.
He said the information workers provide will put the union in a position to take action regarding those issues.
It is understood the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) has also been meeting with its members who are being displaced from several departments.