Friday 15th June, 2018-Employees of the Bendals and Burma quarries met with their Union the AT&LU this morning to learn more about government’s corporatizing of the two facilities.
The move is in an effort to gain greater efficiencies and higher productivity at the quarries, the cement and the hot-mix plants.
Once brought under a single corporation, owned 100% by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the Cabinet will seek to place the management in the hands of an experienced firm through a bidding process.
It means that once the process is complete, current employees will be severed, a move government is prepared for according to Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ambassador Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst.
Government has given the assurance that workers will be treated fairly and according to law whenever changes come about.
According to Cabinet, the management contract will be for 18 to 24 months, during which time an understudy will be put in place to take over when the contract ends. The Cabinet repeated its determination to engage in “cross fertilization” of management of its several very precious assets, training to improve skills, and the transfer of skills to improve personal growth and competence.
The profits realized from the successful operation of the corporation would be ploughed back into NAMCO, the National Asset Management Company.