BREAKING – ANDREWS SUGAR FACTORY CLOSES & 57 EMPLOYEES MADE REDUNDANT

Following lengthy redundancy consultations from June 2013 between the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), the Sugar Industries Staff Association (SISA) and the Barbados Agricultural Management Co. Ltd. (BAMC), about half of the employees of the closed Andrews Sugar Factory are to be made redundant with effect from today (Friday 4th April 2014).

The Andrews Factory has been closed to facilitate the construction of a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose factory that will help to transform the local sugar industry to that of a sugar cane industry.  As a result, the only sugar factory in operation for this year's crop is Portvale Factory, St James.

The Andrews Factory has been closed to facilitate the construction of a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose factory that will help to transform the local sugar industry to that of a sugar cane industry. As a result, the only sugar factory in operation for this year’s crop is Portvale Factory, St James.

Of the 121 employees at Andrews Factory, 57 employees were made redundant and these employees will receive a redundancy payment in accordance with legislation. In addition, employees have been offered access to an employee assistance programme and will continue to benefit from the programme following the closure of Andrews Factory. The Company was able to mitigate the impact of the redundancy as employees were transferred to Portvale Factory, while in the interim, other employees came to the end of their fixed term contracts or retired.

BAMC General Manager, Leslie Parris, Technical Manager of Factories, John Goodman and Human Resources Manager, Jacqueline Belgrave met with the employees this morning (April 4) to inform them of the arrangements for their redundancy. Official communication related to the matter was issued to the relevant Trade Unions this morning.

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