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Bahamas: BTC unions reject company’s early retirement program offer

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff and managers union representatives have taken issue with the company’s decision to offer an Enhanced Early Retirement Program (EERP), with one union head describing the company’s actions as “distasteful”.

BTC said in a statement yesterday that while it remains committed to transforming its business into a “customer-centric, high-performing organization to better serve the people of The Bahamas”, continuous transformation includes aligning the organization and building an effective team to deliver best-in-class service.

While noting that it has maintained 100 percent of its workforce during the pandemic, the company said it has offered a voluntary EERP, which “includes enriched benefits that complement the current Industrial Agreement as mandated by the Department of Labor”.

“The EERP is a special offer and does not replace the existing benefits in the Industrial Agreement. We maintain a good relationship with our union partners and have shared the EERP with both unions,” the company said, noting that interested employees wishing to take advantage of this offer have a specified time within which to indicate their interest.

Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) President Dino Rolle told Eyewitness News: “Both unions would have communicated to Mr [Garry] Sinclair (CEO) and the company in the latter part of December that we are not supportive of this program.

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