Massy Stores is sending home 70 workers from its Barbados branch of stores, according to an article published in the Barbados Today newspaper.
The figure represents a reduction from the 190 workers initially targetted.
The consultant to the Barbados Workers Union (BWU) Sir Roy Trotman, made the disclosure Sunday afternoon shortly after meeting with over 100 Massy workers for two hours at the union’s Solidarity House headquarters.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is on his third trip out of the country since becoming Prime Minister in September.
The Office of the Prime Minister has announced Finance Minister Colm Imbert as the acting Prime Minister as Dr Rowley travels to Barbados on personal business.
The Barbados Government has introduced legislation amending the Value Added Tax (VAT) to allow for a 22 per cent tax on voice and other transmissions from cellphones.
Finance Minister Chris Sinckler told legislators on Tuesday night that the tax, which goes into effect from January 1, next year, will raise BDS$14 million (One Barbados dollar =US$0.50 cents) annually that would go towards funding university scholarships.