Not all Town Plan­ning staff mov­ing

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

While some staff at the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning De­part­ment will be mov­ing into the War­rens Of­fice Com­plex from Mon­day, oth­ers will re­main at the prob­lem-plagued build­ing at the Gar­ri­son, St Michael.

How­ever, this de­ci­sion is not go­ing down well with staff.

Town Plan­ning of­fices have been closed since last week after staff walked off the job, cit­ing a long list of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues that were im­pact­ing their health and abil­ity to work.

Gov­ern­ment, at the time, re­vealed that it might have to find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

It is un­der­stood that yes­ter­day, dur­ing a meet­ing with staff, Act­ing Chief Town Plan­ner Ge­orge Browne and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy tech­ni­cian Kur­tis Best said that the cler­i­cal staff, the ac­counts de­part­ment and duty of­fi­cers would be oc­cu­py­ing the bot­tom floor of the War­rens Com­plex, which was pre­vi­ously used by Repub­lic Bank.

Stay­ing put

On the other hand, the tech­ni­cal staff, the typ­ist and man­age­ment would re­main at the Gar­ri­son on the top floor.

Staff were told that there was too much re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive work to be un­der­taken at the Gar­ri­son of­fices and it could not be done in two weeks. As a re­sult, the en­tire bot­tom floor would be out of use.

Some em­ploy­ees said they were con­cerned about con­tin­u­ing to work in a build­ing that had so many is­sues.

“When we ar­rived this morn­ing, the car­pet had been re­moved and the place was in a mess. Dust was all over the place, on the files and the com­put­ers. A lot of us have fallen sick with res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses and we do not be­lieve that we can still work com­fort­ably in that build­ing,” one worker said.

“In ad­di­tion, we were in­formed that if duct re­place­ment has to take place on the bot­tom floor the en­tire build­ing would have to be closed.”

Staff said they were also told that Gov­ern­ment would be start­ing its re­trench­ment ex­er­cise at the end of this month.

“We felt as though they were telling us to com­ply with what is hap­pen­ing or go home. It seems like we are be­ing forced to work un­der un­fit con­di­tions,” a con­cerned em­ployee said.

The Week­end Na­tion was un­able to reach Browne. How­ever, a re­lease from the Gov­ern­ment In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice yes­ter­day evening said that the de­part­ment would re­main closed un­til Tues­day and would re­open on Wed­nes­day at the War­rens Of­fice Com­plex. It added that the de­part­ment was closed as a re­sult of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

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