My Palestinian pal has been given his letter for his finalisation of employment, and has had his final redundancy meeting which I attended.  Bassam Haj Ibrahim (Bass or Baz) is our QA and environmental manager and a casualty of our recent round of redundancies. A man, given his Palestinian background, who needs luck now, more than ever. He has an obvious advantage in Middle East employment as Arabic is his first language, so I hope his work search in that direction goes well. Inshallah. Although retrenchment is a tool to use in times such as these, you do wonder at the staff to keep to win work and staff to keep for when work is won. As QA is a fundamental requirement with all/most contracts, who manages QA effectively without a QA manager? I hear the usual politician blurb about spending to create jobs, well I'm in construction in Scotland and it is not happening, perhaps the statistics on national spending can as usual obfuscate the facts. The facts appear to be TS's spending is on hold to increase the budget for the new Forth crossing, NIMBYS are blocking renewable energy contracts, in particular windfarms, and every client who can delay a project is doing so to play the "new" marketplace where survival and not margins are the theme. Banks are only lending money to suit themselves. Well capitalism rules so you can't really argue with a client with a budget. Remember the Golden rule, he who has the gold, rules. Anyway Bass I am sadder than you will know about your redundancy, as I am a Scottish male and reluctant to show my feelings, but if there is a God, and it seems doubtful given the golden rule and the state of the Palestinian people,  then may your God go with you. Please keep in touch through this site, so we can all follow your next adventure in life. Masalama

4 Responses to “Goodbye to Bass”

  1. July 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Wait Ian as always the Palestinians will survive the storm and most likely to be hit by another one, however the daylight always break through at the end.We are resilience especially the Scottish Palestinians ones as there are many similarity in the Scottish history to that of the Palestinian nation.

    I’m also sad to leave as I have met a lot of good people in Morrison but I’m afraid it is about business survival (money) not friendship.

    While as I said other companies including the Middle East are still recruiting for QA I’m surprise at our Board’s decision this will turn round in the future only to cost Morrison more money in terms of redundancy & re-recruitments. I will keep in touch and hopefully I will cost Morrison’s if I ever come back again.

  2. September 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I worked alongside baz at whitelee and soon found out he is not keen any animals with more than four legs i.e spiders.So if he heads back to arabia how will he deal with the likes of camel spiders.Maybe thats why he left in the first place. ho! ho!

  3. Ian September 12, 2009 at 10:36 am

    He left in the first place due to Israelis seizing territory in the west bank, he and his family like thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee.

  4. September 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hello All including that Derek with two legs & two arms and only god knows wot else?
    As you know by now the Palestinians like their leaders Arafat have a habit of turning defeat into victory, I have found a better job than Morrison’s pay & holiday. So my Scotish bearded friend till we meet again

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