The first casualty of the retrenchment at the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is its acting General Manager Rodwell London.
As the corporation prepares to send home more than half of its 230 workforce, it made a move today by starting with Rodwell, whose sustantive role is that of Deputy General Manager.
London had been acting as general manager ever since Doug Hoyte was relieved of his duties back in July – two months after the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was swept to power in the May 24 general election.
A memorandum sent to staff today informed them that the post of deputy general manager had been made redundant effective today, Friday, November 9.
“The Board of Directors wishes to advise all staff that the position of Deputy General Manager has been made redundant effective Friday, 9, November, 2018,” the memo read.
The correspondence also went on to tell staff that Chief MCTV Officer Andrew Greene has been appointed to act in the position of General Manager with immediate effect.
“The Board would like to thank Mr Rodwell London for his services to the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and wish him every success in his future endeavours,” it concluded.
CBC has selected 116 of its staff to send home in addition to offering voluntary separation packages (VSP) to those who wish to opt for retrenchment.
The station is currently in discussion with the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) on these issues and has said that when both sides meet again on Monday afternoon, the corporation would be able to inform the BWU as to the number of staff who have opted for VSPs as well as the remaining positions being made redundant.
The union’s special advisor and former BWU General Secretary Sir Roy Trotman has expressed disappointment that the CBC could not provide enhanced voluntary separation packages to workers due to its state of finances.
The corporation said severance payment and payment in lieu of notice for those who opted for VSPs as well as the retrenched employees will be as outlined in the Severance Payments Act and the Employment Rights Act.