Bar­ba­dos PM re­grets lay­offs

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

(Bar­ba­dos Na­tion) Call­ing the de­ci­sion to send home more than 1,000 pub­lic ser­vants the tough­est one she has had to make in pub­lic life, Prime Min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley on Fri­day apol­o­gised again for the hap­haz­ard man­ner in which the lat­est re­trench­ment pro­gramme had dis­placed some Bar­ba­di­ans.

And she has promised those who have yet to re­ceive sev­er­ance cheques and one month’s no­tice in lieu of pay will do so not in a pro­tracted time pe­riod like what oc­curred un­der a pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, but in a mat­ter of days or at worst, a few weeks’ time.

Mot­t­ley’s apol­ogy came yes­ter­day af­ter sign­ing a loan agree­ment with the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank at its Wildey, St Michael head­quar­ters.

She was tak­ing re­porters’ ques­tions on her sat­is­fac­tion with Bar­ba­dos Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery and Trans­for­ma­tion (BERT) pro­gramme.

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