The state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is said to be rethinking its decision to send home all 116 of the employees it had selected under the Government’s restructuring programme.
Emerging tonight from another round of negotiations with management of the CBC, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Senator Toni Moore told reporters the station was having second thoughts about some of those positions.
“And contrary to what is being put out there, the Barbados Workers’ Union is giving full consideration to what alternatives are possible. That is the very reason that these meetings have not been concluded, and that even as we speak, the CBC is going back to relook certain positions to come back to us and see what possibilities might exist. For that reason we are not committing any specific details at this time, because details today can change on Monday,” the union boss declared.
Accompanied by her special adviser and predecessor Sir Roy Trotman, Moore said both sides will meet again on Monday afternoon to try to conclude the discussions.
“As you will imagine, there are very difficult and sensitive discussions. The union has been provided with more information to what was received on Monday and during our meeting we examined much of that information and submitted a number of concerns and challenges which we had…and CBC has undertaken to use the weekend and go over the challenges which were raised and they have committed to coming back to us with further positions,” she said.
The BWU leader said both parties are hoping their talks can be concluded in the shortest possible time, especially considering the anxiety that is permeating the corporation as workers wait to find out if they are being retrenched.
“As you would imagine, this is a period that would be high on the sensitivity side not only for staff that are wondering if they would be among the numbers going, but also from the perspective of those who remain. So it is in the interest of all that we conclude the discussions in the shortest possible time,” Moore stated.
However, she has sought to make it clear that her union still did not want to be so preoccupied with time, that they did not ensure the process was properly observed and that all the details which should be considered are considered.
Asked what those concerns and challenges are Senator Moore replied: “It would be difficult to raise them now because they relate to specific cases, so it would not be sensitive or sensible to raise those at this time.”
Moore said as far as she was aware, there were no further retrenchments today of workers represented by her union.