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Pan Caribbean/Unions meeting ends in another stalemate
2013-08-19 20:22:45 | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Today’s meeting between the management of the Chinese-owned Pan Caribbean Sugar Company and unions representing dismissed security guards has reportedly ended in another stalemate.
One-hundred-and-thirty-two guards, who had been on indefinite leave, were sent home last Thursday, despite ongoing talks over alleged breach of labour laws by the sugar company.
Today's meeting was the fourth in a series aimed at solving the impasse.
National Workers Union President, Vincent Morrison, says Pan Caribbean’s management maintained that the workers were laid off because of the high incidences of security breaches at its Bernard Lodge, Monymusk and Frome sugar factories.
Morrison says the Ministry of Labour is to report to both parties by noon on Wednesday on the next move.
The NWU president says the Labour Ministry will have to look at having the matter referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal or they could take the issue to court.
On Friday, the unions put forward an eight point proposal they believe could resolve the issues.
In the interim, the unions want the guards to be reinstated.
The guards are represented by the NWU, the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the University and Allied Workers' Union.
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