Canadian withdraws application - CBC: 'She's still most qualified applicant'
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Date: Wednesday, April 21st, 2004
Source: www.NationNews.com - Barbados NationNews
The Canadian at the centre of a controversy at the Caribbean
Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) [ http://www.cbcbarbados.bb/ ], which
led to a union threat of strike action, has opted out of the running
for the deputy general manager post.
In a statement read on television last night by general manager
Allison Roach just minutes after arriving in the island, CBC said
while it was unfortunate that Heidi Rasmussen had withdrawn her
application, it remained firm in the view that it was transparent in
its efforts to fill the post.
Denying charges by the Barbados Workers' Union (BWU) that the
appointment of Rasmussen would have amounted to supersession over
current CBC employees for a post that had always been reserved for
Barbadians, Roach said only one person in the corporation "could be
argued was eligible to be considered for appointment" to the post
but, despite encouragement, declined to apply.
"It should be noted that two persons working within the organisation
did in fact apply for the position and were interviewed.
"However, the board determined that they did not possess the
requisite management experience and so were not considered to be
suitable candidates for appointment to the position. It should also
be noted that the position had been advertised in April 2003 and two
Barbadian nationals and one Jamaican married to a Barbadian had been
subsequently offered the position. They all declined the offer," she
The CBC boss added: "Ms Heidi Rasmussen, a Canadian married to a
Barbadian, was recommended to fill the position after [it] was again
advertised in December 2003 and interviews for the post held in
"Ms Rasmussen was adjudged the most qualified of the candidates
interviewed. Not only did she have experience in all aspects of
television management production, presentation and sales, but she had
led a restructuring process exercise at her previous employers.
"In light of the above, the board therefore recommended to the
minister- that Ms Rasmussen should be appointed to the position of
deputy general manager . . . based on both her vast broadcasting and
managerial experience and her legal entitlement to be registered as a
citizen of Barbados under Section 6 of the Constitution of Barbados
(dualed citizenship). In the circumstances, therefore, it is
incorrect to suggest that the corporation planned to appoint a non-
national to the position as alleged."
According to Roach, the "corporation is satisfied that it has
complied with all statutory obligations imposed on it by its
governing act and that its recommendation to appoint a person
entitled to be registered as a Barbadian citizen was consistent with
the Government's national employment policy as articulated within
Protocol Four of the Social Partnership".
She said too it was "disquieting that the union would be reported as
proposing to take such extreme action as threatening to call out its
members where there has been no stated industrial dispute" with CBC.[-