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BTC denies that CWC has been directing managers

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)yesterday denied that dozens of employees from Cable and Wireless Communications(CWC)have been giving operational directives to the company’s managers.

I. Kirk Griffin, BTC’s acting president and chief executive officer, criticized Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union(BCPOU)president Bernard Evans for making the suggestion Tuesday.

“That is absolutely and completely untrue and we suspect that Mr. Evans knows better than that, or he certainly could have availed himself of the facts before he spoke,”said Griffin in a statement.

“The truth is that CWC up until about a week ago had been conducting due diligence on BTC as other prospective buyers had done in the past. And, as a part of that, the C&W representatives would have met with executives and senior staff of the company via a structured process. The purpose of these due diligence meetings has been to obtain information about the company and its operations. This is certainly not an anomaly and is a part of any transaction of this nature.”

Evans told the media that the union would instruct BTC employees not to cooperate with CWC if the government did not instruct the firm to act appropriately until the deal is finalized.

The BCPOU and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union are opposing the sale of 51 percent of BTC to CWC.

Yesterday, Griffin said BTC’s management would not engage in any public debate on the privatization of the company.

“We are concerned when erroneous comments are made regarding the internal operations of the company, which falls under our purview and responsibility. We go on record as saying that no C&W representative has given any direction or instruction or suggestion to any manager of BTC on matters related to the present operations of the company or any planned activity or project. Any assertion to the contrary is a total falsehood,”Griffin said.