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Bahamas: Union cries foul after 11 positions made redundant at Morton Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Morton Salt said last night that after a comprehensive evaluation of operating efficiency and production levels at its Inagua facility, it was “forced” to make 11 positions redundant in order to sustain the company’s long-term viability, with the union representing the company’s line staff crying foul over the move.

Jennifer Brown, president of the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU), which represents more than 100 of the salt manufacturer’s line staff, told Eyewitness News the union was informed by management of Morton Bahamas last Friday that 11 positions were being made redundant, with 10 union members being affected.

“They had four persons as plant operators and they want to reduce it to two,” said Brown.

“They singled out some other persons in different areas. These were persons they had transferred to different areas last year. I thought they were trying to get rid of those persons, believing that when they transferred them to these various areas they would have quit, but they didn’t.

“Now they claim that because of production and not meeting their goals, they had to make positions redundant. I personally feel that that is ridiculous.”

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