Two additional meetings will be held this week to share pertinent information with public officers and employees of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) on the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme (BOSS).
Director General, Human Resource, Ministry of Public Service, Gail Atkins, said the meetings will be held on Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., to accommodate those persons who are unable to attend any of the four earlier sessions. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley will also participate in the meetings.
Ms. Atkins continued: “There is a great demand by public officers and employees of state-owned enterprises to participate in the meetings and because of the physical distancing protocols that have been introduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the standard number of persons cannot be accommodated at the Gymnasium.
“We therefore thought it necessary to add these additional sessions to give persons the opportunity to be a part of this important discussion with Prime Minister Mottley, on the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme. Those persons who are working during the day are encouraged to take advantage of the evening sessions.”
The Director General reminded public officers and employees of SOEs, including those at the clerical, technical and administrative levels, that they may attend the evening sessions, whether they are or are not members of trade unions.
The SOEs include the National Conservation Commission, the Sanitation Service Authority, the Barbados Water Authority, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and the Barbados Port Inc.
The other meetings to discuss the Barbados Optional Savings Scheme will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., each day. They are being facilitated by the trade union movement.
The Transport Board will provide a paid service to take persons attending the meetings from the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium to Bridgetown at 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., each day.
All sessions will be live streamed to allow participation of those who cannot attend, and to facilitate any questions that they may wish to pose.