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As executive mangement and heads of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company labour unions were locked in discussions yesterday morning over the docking of employees pay, scores of police officers were stationed at the John F. Kennedy heaquarters in a bid to ward off any incidences that might have occurred.

The pay checks of more than 400 line-staff employees and 50-middle mangers were cuts as result of them participating in a demonstation downtown last month.

The one and a half-hour meeting reportedly ended with BTC management promising to deal with the matters by early next week. The meeting was reportedly called after angry employees took their gripe to the company’s Human Resources Department.

BCPOU president Bernard Evans failed to put a dollar figure on the matter yesterday following the meeting.

“Some of our members had a problem with their pay slip and so they came down here to Human Resources. We came with them to make sure that they were okay. We met with the executives, we had discussions with them and they have assured us that they are going to look at it and do due diligence to ensure that our members get all that is due to them,” Evans said.

He explained that management carried out an across the board cut, not taking into consideration whether employees were on sick leave, vacation.

BCPOU Secretary General Denise Wilson reported that by Tuesday the latest the matters should be taken care off.

“We have been assured that as quickly as we can do the due diligence our members will be reimbursed because we have lots of members who would have been docked indiscriminately,”said Secretary General Denise Wilson.

“We have a particular person who isn’t even in the active employee listing who has been docked. We are going to be looking at all of those things and hopefully we are going to get it sorted out on Monday, Tuesday the latest,”Wilson said.

When the Nassau Guardian arrived at BTC yesterday morning, scores of employees were not at their work stations as they waited the outcome of the discussions between management and the union.When contacted yesterday,CEO and President of BTC I. Kirk Griffith opted not to comment on the matter other than to say that the issue is nothing new and had already been addressed.

There were no discussion between the union and executive management regarding Monday’s protest.

Yesterday’s meeting brought no obvious industrial action, although one employee reported that they maybe working on reduced enthusiasm.

The man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said employees were well within their right to participate in the demonstration.

“We are entitled to sick days, emergency days. If you call your bosses I don’t think it should be a problem. So persons who are being cut for that I think they should be compensated,”he said.

He called on management to rectify the situation stating that everything cannot be taken care off with the stroke of a pen.

“The pen is not the answer to everything. People willalways be negative about some things but you hve to be here to know what is what. People on the outside don’t know what is going on so they won’t be able to determine why BTC employees do what they do,”the employee said, adding”there is a reason for everything people do so you can’tjust judge them. All over the world you go you would have disruption in service and so people just can’t say BTC is not good.”

More than 400 Bahamas Telecommunications Company workers brought the heads of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union(BCPOU)and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union to the negotiation table yesterday to settle the alleged outstanding monies docked from their pay last month.

BCPOU president Bernard Evans said some 400 BTC line-staff and 50 middle-managers pay checks were cut as a result of them participating in a demonstration last month.

Evans failed to put a dollar figure on the matter yesterday following a meeting held with executive management.

The one and a half-hour meeting reportedly ended with BTC management promising to deal with the matters by early next week. The meeting was reportedly called after angry employees took their gripe to the company’s Human Resources Department.

“Some of our members had a problem with their pay slip and so they came down here to Human Resources. We came with them to make sure that they were okay. We met with the executives, we had discussions with them and they have assured us that they are going to look at it and do due diligence to ensure that our members get all that is due to them,” Evans said.

He explained that management carried out an across the board cut, not taking into consideration whether employees were on sick leave, vacation.

BCPOU Secretary General Denise Wilson reported that by Tuesday the latest the matters should be taken care off.

“We have been assured that as quickly as we can do the due diligence our members will be reimbursed because we have lots of members who would have been docked indiscriminately,”said Secretary General Denise Wilson.

“We have a particular person who isn’t even in the active employee listing who has been docked. We are going to be looking at all of those things and hopefully we are going to get it sorted out on Monday, Tuesday the latest,”Wilson said.

When the Nassau Guardian arrived at BTC yesterday morning, scores of employees were not at their work stations as they waited the outcome of the discussions between management and the union.When contacted yesterday,CEO and President of BTC I. Kirk Griffith opted not to comment on the matter other than to say that the issue is nothing new and had already been addressed.

There were no discussion between the union and executive management regarding Monday’s protest.

Yesterday’s meeting brought no obvious industrial action, although one employee reported that they maybe working on reduced enthusiasm.

The man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said employees were well within their right to participate in the demonstration.

“We are entitled to sick days, emergency days. If you call your bosses I don’t think it should be a problem. So persons who are being cut for that I think they should be compensated,”he said.

He called on management to rectify the situation stating that everything cannot be taken care off with the stroke of a pen.

“The pen is not the answer to everything. People willalways be negative about some things but you hve to be here to know what is what. People on the outside don’t know what is going on so they won’t be able to determine why BTC employees do what they do,”the employee said, adding”there is a reason for everything people do so you can’tjust judge them. All over the world you go you would have disruption in service and so people just can’t say BTC is not good.”

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