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NUPW hits back at principal

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The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has issued a warning to the Barbados Community College’s (BCC) principal Dr Gladstone Best.

“This is not going to go down like the NCC (National Conservation Commission). The NCC get away but he’s [Best] not going to get away at all with this nonsense,” general secretary Dennis Clarke said yesterday, as he accused the BCC of distorting the facts about proposed layoffs at the college.

In a statement Monday, Best denied that the institution was terminating staff by not renewing the contracts of temporary staff.

But according to Clarke, the union was in possession of correspondence, dated February 28, 2014, which indicated that the Ministry of the Civil Service had instructed the BCC to reduce staff by 75.

He also said despite several letters, the union experienced difficulty in getting the principal to meet and discuss the matter.

“However, we have in our possession a letter of retrenchment – he [Best] could sing hymn-a-ton, we have letters that speak to the retrenchment,” Clarke added.

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