Barbados, Tax Or The Axe

You can’t have it both ways. That’s the message from the Minister of Finance to the leadership of two unions who are threatening to shut down the country over the Government’s planned increase to the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) from 2 to 10%, and a 2% tax on forex transactions. The Minister said either $240m needs to be raised by taxes, or a reduction in government expenditure by the same amount. Read more on

Staff Leaving Flow Operation

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Flow, a subsidiary of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), will be sending home several employees as part of a transformation programme, according to an article published by Barbados Today. Neither the number of staff, nor the terms of their separation were disclosed.

Marilyn Sealy, Flow’s Director of Communications and Stakeholder Management, said the development was part of their business transformation programme.

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Staff Leave Digicel Operation

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Employees with Digicel’s Cayman operation have started to leave as a part of the company’s plan to restructure its global operations.

According to The Cayman Reporter, a Digicel spokes-person confirmed that staff have already begun to leave, but declined to to say how many would go before before their quota is reached.

“Digicel can confirm that the first set of people whose applications to our Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme were accepted left the business last week,” the spokes-person said.

“We would like to thank them for their valued contribution to Digicel and to wish them all the best for the future.”

“Please be clear that the 25 percent is a global figure and does not apply to individual markets – as such, we will not be breaking out the numbers for individual markets.”

Source: The Cayman Reporter

Digicel Somoa Employees Confused Over Seperation Package

SAMOA, Apia – Some employees at Digicel Somoa are confused as to how the “Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme” works. The ESVP was initiated recently as part of Digicel’s 2030 Global Transformation Programme which includes re-designing the organisation, putting customers in control and delivering and amazing network experience.

Source: Samoa Observer