With stage three of the government’s economic recovery and transformation plan due to start in April, this country’s largest public sector union is expressing greater satisfaction with the level of consultation and the overall process for the layoffs following this week’s meeting of the social partnership where the national stake holders were briefed on the program. Some unions, including the NUPW, have previously expressed concern about how the job cuts were being done.
Yesterday, Labour Minister Colin Jordan told the House of Assembly the job cuts in central government have been completed and that the next round will focus on state agencies.
Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Delcia Burke, tells Starcom Network News they are awaiting further information about the level of cuts due to take place at the statutory corporations which will be the focus of the next round of restructuring.
But notes they have been promised the first approach will be to seek out those who want to go voluntarily.
Ms. Burke says the total number of jobs cut from central government approaches a thousand and the number at the statutory corporations is not yet certain.