Sir Charles Williams – no government contracts so I’m firing workers over 65 years old

Sir Charles Williams Barbados

Over 65? No place for you at C.O. Williams Construction Limited

COW Williams makes some valid criticisms about the uneven playing field for government contracts in his latest interview with The Nation, but he lost me when he told how he chooses to make people redundant: he fires people over 65 years old.

Williams retains people not by merit, or seniority and loyalty: exactly the opposite. The over 65 crowd is his target, for the most part the folks who have been with him the longest, who have shown loyalty and helped to build the company for decades.

But they are old now, not quite what they used to be. All used up, damaged. Slower.

So they are the first to go.

“Not one single monthly paid worker has gotten a bonus for the last four years in order that we can keep people to work. We had to look at the possibility of laying off some people. The last thing I want to do is to have to send home more staff. We have cut it to a minimum but we have had to send home staff, primarily those who are past 65 and that sort of thing,”

Sir Charles Williams talks to The Nation in Not fair, says Sir Charles

Am I being too hard on Sir Cow? He makes a good argument on how difficult and unfair things are in the awarding of government contracts, and it must be difficult to have to choose people to be made redundant.

But to reward long term loyalty by firing?

Shame. Shame, Mr. Williams. Shame.

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17 responses to “Sir Charles Williams – no government contracts so I’m firing workers over 65 years old

  1. Rastaman

    How do you arrive at that conclusion ,that he is firing workers who are over 65 years.? My take on it is that he would offer them retirement.But poor NIS >>>>

  2. Party Animal

    Come January 1 st you can’t fire anyone according to the new Law, but there again the Government don’t seem to know the Law if they plan on sending home 3.000 to 10.000 people

  3. Fourth wave

    It is said that demographics are 99% of everything, and in this light we don’t have enough young people to supply the taxes necessary to look after the old people. Pensions are dead because the government did not put aside the pension money, they put the payments into the general kitty a promised to pay workers a pension. Now the system is broke.

    Twenty years from now young people will be calling the older generation ”useless eaters” like the nazis once did.

    Williams so casually tossing aside workers over 65 years of age is illustrative of a certain attitude and perspective towards the elderly. You haven’t seen anything yet.

    Just wait.

  4. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Tell the world what you think about this! How much of the World is watching BFP?

    Some one need to send Sir COW home also or jail, He looks more than 65 years old.

    Sir COW contracts with the BLP came hand and foot with MIA and Owen government , As the Fraud slows down so does the COW,The DLP will not feed that COW like the BLP . SO now people have to go home this was not a real business build on truth but lies, Agreements kick backs , kick fronts and the rest of us got a kick in the Ass-sets.

    Now the fraud done for as you can see by reports they wanted 225 Million and now they asking for 150million ,, What was the other 75Million for in the first place, To feed COW, and to get more hunch Backs from the Ministers and the Lawyers on in the same,So they can lay back?

    You have to ask your self , Who doing the Math Fat boy sink the crook man ,
    They need to do an Audit on COW and see what he have been doing under the BLP ,,,
    Poor Fellow, as you and see all the crooks connected and cant get out of the of each other way

  5. Anonymous

    It could just be that those over 65 are over retirement age and due a pension so the impact on them is not so great as it would be on younger workers with families?
    I can see nothing in what he said to indicate that he does not take other factors into consideration.
    You are making a story out of nothing.

  6. Anonymous

    Is he going to sack himself then for being over age

  7. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Anonymous Says@ Same question we ask , But keep in mind
    PLANTATION DEEDS IS WHO IS SACKING COW , so in return he have to let
    people go , COW business is tied to A Massive Land Fraud , COW does not own . or hold deeds for over 90% of what you think he owns,,

    When the truth is told you will see Magic , All problems solved , but hell will start for the crooks ,
    This have nothing to do with the world economy , its Barbados DBLP and the rest of the lawyers and the people they put in place to take and use what dont belong to them ,

    Barbados have owners and we are the owners of most of the land and all of the land used by NHC, UDC, and all government housing areas ,Hotels , GEMS of Barbados and most government so called owned and run agents.One side alone runs from the airport to St Lucy .PLANTATION BUT AND BOUND ALL THE WAY UP AND AROUND BARBADOS ,Thy Kingdom come.

  8. Bjrn Jansson

    Can’t open letter! Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:36:32 +0000 To: jansson.bjorn@hotmail.se

  9. Barbadian accountability is non- existent

    So, are those retired corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers that put Barbadians in this financial death spiral, being cut back on their pensions as a sign of leadership such as Arthur, Simmons and many others? Or is it just the 3,000.workers who are laid off?

    if they are getting paid monthly or yearly how much are they getting and to what age?

    Can someone post a list of these corrupt corporate welfare bums and their salaries who essentially are incompetent and do nothing that the citizens can see?

    I wonder if COW has set up a separate pension fund for his senior employees as he had to know the NIS was being stripped of its assets and was worth zip.

    A Transparent and accountable government would provide this information as a sign of just transparency and good governance.

    Can Afra Raymond gives us a bottom line on Clico in Barbados and Trinidad and what assets are really worth and.who has been given the right to wind it up and make some more off the taxpayer.?

  10. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Iceland President jail Bankers, Recession over , Government bail out the people and Jailed the Bankers ,
    Now that is leadership on fraud

    http://disinfo.com/2012/07/iceland-jails-bankers-erases-citizens-debt-recovers-
    strongly/

  11. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    Barbadian accountability is non- existent@ Truth in your comment that most can not take that is in office, They are the true crooks , liars and scumbags of this Nation. Audit , audit AUDIT , all of them , Ministers, Senators, Judges, Sir,GG. Lawyers, Doctors , all the so called people who live well because of FRAUD,
    As they feed each other on the backs of the people.

    Still waiting Robert of BFP,,, to post the PLANTATION DEED FRONT PAGE

  12. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

  13. taylorgang0

    all the talk my father who was friends with cow as a young man,may even be family distant.won the warrens great house at a poker game .just like that.
    and then he tells you how hard he worked and milking cows and so .
    what started cow off was a poker win.a whole estate drunk in a poker game.

  14. Anonymous

    Could it not also be the case of those 65+ who were on staff pass retirement age , made to be officially retired because they are the easiest payroll costs to trim first. Don’t be too hasty to condemn without the full facts..

  15. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    oreysandiford.tumblr.com/post/59194866830/taking-us-backwards-robin-hood-budget-bim-in-tights

  16. He has a point about the no-bid contracts which have done significant damage to Barbados’ economy and infrastructure over the past 2 decades. See my latest post linked below.

    http://researching.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/distorting-the-construction-market-place/

  17. 523 comments on garbage left on “COW wife property” in BFP.16 comments on “COW laying off workers over 65”.Certainly shows that bajans can be distracted and manipulated,and their (confusion/ignorance as to) priorities ! One would think that unemployment would be much more important !