Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley. (FP)

In an effort to ensure that retrenched public officers are given all possible assistance, Government has established the Household Mitigation Unit, and its staff is hard at work.

This disclosure has come from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who said the Unit is playing an important role in “minimizing the social and psychological impact of the retrenchment exercise on affected individuals and households by taking proactive steps to reduce potential fallout”.

Ms. Mottley explained that the Unit is tracking and working with vulnerable individuals, as well as helping to facilitate the options they make as they transition from the public sector. She added that the Unit’s employees were working closely with the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation, Corey Lane.

The Household Mitigation Unit is located at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, St. Michael, and may be reached by calling 535-5366, or by contacting the Field/Programme Officers on 832-0092 or 832-0093.

Ms. Mottley pointed out that some retrenched workers had been re-employed, including 43 persons who are working on a contractual basis in the weeding and debushing programme of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance.

She also disclosed that a new initiative would be started shortly with regard to digitizing records for an organization and 20 retrenched workers would be immediately employed.

She added that the officers in the Unit had assisted a number of retrenched persons who were interested in Government’s Trust Loan Fund.

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