Downsizing and restructuring exercise underway at ZNS.
Nassau, Bahamas: Breaking news coming into Bahamas Press have confirmed that mass firings are underway at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas [BCB]. Reports coming into our newsroom have confirmed the termination of several employees at ZNS, as the Corporation has began a downsizing and restructuring exercise.
Bahamas Press can now confirm that veteran broadcaster Carl Bethel is one of the casualties in the ‘BLOOD BATH AXING’ exercise at the BCB. Bethel’s letter confirmed the following that, “We are restructuring and your services are no longer needed…”
Carlton Smith and Jessica Robinson are some of the most recent persons who resigned from the Corporation following ‘serious concerns’ with the BCB board’s directives. Bahamas Press is unclear with the number of persons terminated by the Ingraham government on Friday, however an insider at the board level has confirmed that more employees are slated to be termination.
“There is a heaviness over at the BCB right now, we don’t know who is going home in these tough times, but the current administration is heartless with their rootless efforts to rid ZNS of committed workers,” a source at ZNS told Bahamas Press.
Bahamas Press reported on July 13th that, a series of resignations are soon to be announced, as victimization and brutal intimidation continues at the BCB. The slashing of staffs began with the terminations of broadcaster Steve McKinney and Phillipa ‘Lady’ Russell. Since then BCB has also terminated the morning show of ‘Sister Sarah’s Kitchen’ heard across the family Islands on 1540AM, giving the talent no formal notice of the show’s abrupt termination.
Bahamas Press warned Minister Tommy Turnquest who aspires to lead The Bahamas one day, that he is being setup by Hubert Ingraham to lose out on his political future. In july Cabinet shuffle, minister Turnquest was given Cabinet responsibility for the BCB. A responsibility once held by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Minister Turnquest again is making a colossal error by serving in the Ingraham Cabinet. For now his record will not only reflect the raising crime problem in the country, but now the termination of many workers at BCB.
Bahamas Press has also learned that John Pinder, President of the Bahamas Public Service Union [BPSU] and officials at the Ministry of Tourism [MOT] are in concert with a move to terminate all senior staff at the MOT who have reached the age of 60. Sources deep within the MOT have also confirmed that formal notice have already been given to several employees advising them of their abrupt stay – five years early before their due retirement – with the ministry.
The Ministry of Tourism have also returned back to the capital some fifty Tourism officials working at oversees missions. One MOT staff worker, who worked in Florida, has confirmed to Bahamas Press that all of the workers returned from the foreign missions to the Ministry were also given notices that their contracts will not renewed.
Hubert Ingraham told a rallying crowd at R.M. Bailey Park, just days before the May 2nd General Elections that all civil servants need not fear for their jobs when his government takes office. So much for a promise form ‘the toothless lion’ who has not only began the axing of ZNS and MOT workers, but Ingraham’s LIES will soon be felt by BTC and BEC workers. Who will join the unemployment lines if Ingraham has his way.