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BTC: No plans to ‘involuntarily separate’ from any employees

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), in the midst of widespread rumors that it will have to lay off staff, denied in a statement that it is planning to “involuntarily separate” from any of its employees.

The statement, which came from BTC Chief Executive Officer Garfield Sinclair, explained that the matter that has been in the press regarding BTC employees “does not represent the position of BTC”.

“The company again emphatically denies any plans to involuntarily separate from any of its employees, so any claims to the contrary are baseless and without foundation,” notes the statement.

Guardian Business also sought to find out whether the company might be considering voluntary separation packages (VSEPs), but this query was not answered directly in Sinclair’s statement.

Sinclair did, however, restate BTC’s commitment to evolution and progress, and he emphasized the company’s commitment to its staff by mentioning the recently instituted increased time for maternity and paternity leave.

“As a progressive organization in an intensely competitive environment, BTC’s operating model will continue to evolve in order to provide our customers with a differentiating customer experience as cost efficiently as possible,” Sinclair said.

“This means aligning our people, processes and procedures with our ultimate goal of providing the best and most reliable connectivity at competitive prices to our customers throughout The Bahamas; delivering moments that matter.

“We are focused on maintaining a culture of high performance and improving the welfare of our colleagues. Last month, we introduced an eight-week paid paternity leave, just in time for Father’s Day. No other company in the country provides fathers with eight weeks of paid paternity leave. We also increased maternity leave to sixteen weeks, one month better than the nation’s standard twelve-week leave. Colleagues becoming parents through adoption and surrogacy now receive eight weeks of paid leave, all in an effort to provide more time for our parents to bond with their newborns.”

Sinclair’s statement continued: “We take our role as a public institution in The Bahamas very seriously and accordingly ensure that we conduct our affairs in strict compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, which includes consultations with our union partners and discussions with our team members. BTC is currently finalizing an industrial agreement with the BCPMU that will serve the interests of all stakeholders. We also recently completed the terms of an industrial agreement with the BCPOU that had been outstanding for more than two years.”

BTC has not been shy about explaining to the public that since the mobile market was liberalized several years ago, its business has been eroded by new mobile competitor Aliv.

Chester Robards

Senior Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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