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Telecomm Company Clarifies Role of Independent Contractors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company responding to the press conference held by contractors, Tuesday, noting they are “independent contractors… and are not covered under the bargaining agreement.”

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Contractors meet to discuss “longstanding issues” with BTC, on Tuesday January 24, 2023.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas Telecommunications Company responding to the press conference held by contractors, Tuesday, noting they are “independent contractors… and are not covered under the bargaining agreement.”

Contractors held a press conference, calling for a meeting with BTC CEO Sameer Bhatti, over longstanding contractual issues.

Responding to those complaints, BTC released a statement, explaining the company has entered into agreements with numerous contractors and vendors to provide services.

“As the first telecoms company to provide fiber to the home, BTC is heavily focused and invested in completely upgrading its network to fiber, which will eventually see the complete turndown of the copper network. A number of contracted technicians have embraced the new fiber technology and upskilled themselves, and have either formed companies or have offered their services as independent contractors,” the statement continued.

BTC officials say they invite and continue to encourage all technicians to also upskill with fiber certifications.

Our News understands BTC’s CEO has met with the technicians and has reached out to arrange a subsequent meeting.

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