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Barbados: 1500 TO GO HOME

ABOUT 1500 public servants will be placed on the breadline over the course of the next few weeks.

More than 80 per cent of the persons going home are temporary workers.

This announcement came from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley yesterday as she addressed the nation, providing a wide-ranging update on measures to resuscitate the ailing Barbados economy.

As she spoke about prospective opportunities for those being laid off to make money, Prime Minister Mottley reaffirmed her Government’s commitment to work assiduously to minimise dislocation for those affected.

“I can give the country the assurance that while we do not have an exact number because we are following process, we know that it is unlikely to be more than 1 500 people over the course of the next few weeks. But regrettably, one is too many,” she said, during the televised address.

Prime Minister Mottley, who said that Government worked closely with the Social Partnership during the process, thanked the trade unions in Barbados for putting on the table, measurements necessary to put together packages for the workers going home.

She disclosed that severance type packages will be made available, officers on an individual level will receive vacation pay, and Cabinet has agreed that on the date persons receive notice they must walk home with a cheque.

“Why? None of us would feel good having to go home without knowing where money is coming from, and who is going to help us tomorrow, or to come back next week or next month, and be begging for money. At the very least, if we are going to do this, we have to do it properly,” Prime Minister Mottley said.

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