Article: Unease At CBC - by TIM SLINGER
Date: Tuesday, April 20th, 2004
Source: www.NationNews.com - Barbados Nation News
THE CARIBBEAN Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) [
] could soon face a shutdown if a
reported plan to appoint a Canadian national to the vacant post of
deputy general manager is carried out in secret.
Reliable sources told the DAILY NATION yesterday that the Barbados
Workers' Union (BWU), over the weekend, served notice on CBC of its
intention to take industrial action following a meeting with staff
last Friday to discuss the controversial proposed appointment.
When contacted, BWU general secretary Sir Roy Trotman said: "CBC is
aware of the position of the Barbados Workers' Union in the matter
where there is supersession by CBC of people who have worked for many
years at the company, and who are entitled to fill a position which
was always reserved for locals who have worked at CBC.
"The BWU would expect CBC to respond," he added.
Efforts to reach CBC's general manager Allyson Roach were
unsuccessful. Reports indicated she was overseas attending a
broadcasters' convention in Las Vegas, United States, while the
corporation's chairman, attorney Ralph Thorne, refused to comment.
Reports further indicated that the person at the centre of the
controversy was Canadian Heidi Rasmussen, who has been tipped for the
No. 2 position.
Sources also said Rasmussen's selection was not the unanimous vote of
the corporation's board during an interview process held earlier this
Among those also interviewed for the vacant position were staffers
Rosemary Alleyne and Dean St Hill.
Industrial action has been looming in The Pine, St Michael
corporation for the past several months because staffers are also
dissatisfied with a number of other temporary appointments.[-End]