News Report: Unemployment Extension Hailed By Labour Specialist

published April 8th, 2021 by Youri Kemp - Tribune Business Reporter

The extension of unemployment benefits by the government has been hailed as “fantastic” by a senior businessman who believes it will help stave off redundancies for many furloughed workers. Peter Goudie, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) labour specialist, told Tribune Business yesterday that it is “fantastic” that the government decided to extend the unemployment benefit assistance until May of this year.

Mr. Goudie said: “This is fantastic news because there are a lot of people out there who just don’t have the income and are not working. It keeps away this whole business of redundancy at the moment. If they start being made redundant they are really going to be in trouble.”

Brensil Rolle, minister responsible for the public service and the National Insurance Board, speaking to reporters outside the cabinet office earlier this week said government will extend its assistance for another month into May. Eligible persons will still be able to receive $100 instead of the originally stated $150.

Employee union representatives have been calling for mega resorts to make their workers redundant as the law makes provisions for, rather than having workers holding on in furlough indefinitely without any salary during the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obie Ferguson, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) president, has already filed action in the Supreme Court to force resorts to follow the law and pay furloughed workers that want to be made redundant, something Mr. Ferguson said affects “a significant number of persons.”