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The Bahamas’ crown jewel has lost its shine

Dear Editor,

Since 2011, BTC has endured four CEOs and three downsizing exercises, which has single-handedly destroyed a pillar in Bahamian society.

The members of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU) are livid at the comments that were made by CEO of Liberty Global Balan Nair during his recent townhall meeting in Jamaica about the employees of BTC and the prime minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

The remarks are not only insulting and untrue, but also culturally inappropriate.

The Bahamas government entered into a relationship with Cable and Wireless in 2011 to grow the telecommunications sector, hence revenue of BTC. However, between 2011 to present, it clearly shows that this has not been achieved.
This planned upgrade resulted in a downgrade. We are convinced that there should now be a rollback and a recall.

The control of the business is systematically being removed from The Bahamas.

Employees are no longer empowered to carry out their functions and are required to do more with less: fewer vehicles for technicians; fewer supplies; less management control and participation; jobs are being replicated by foreign contractors; and employees are subjected to work in substandard and mold-infested buildings.

Nair used an analogy with reference to Jamaica and BTC employees as being “night and day”. We vehemently disagree with this statement, unless his reference is to Jamaica as “night”.

BTC’s focus over the years prior to Cable and Wireless/ Liberty Global has been training and development of its employees; hence we can boast of the largest cadre of qualified employees.

We can boast of having certified technical staff, CPAs, MBAs, etc. who can stand amongst the best internationally.
This sounds like “day” employees.

The Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union stands in solidarity with the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) to the bitter end because employees matter.

– Ricardo Thompson, president, BCPMU

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