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Pan-Caribbean Sugar Company distributes severance payment to guards
2013-09-28 09:47:15 | (0 Comments)
Pan-Caribbean Sugar Company Limited has announced that it has now completely severed ties with former security guards at its sugar factories.
It says yesterday it distributed 117 cheques to the former internal security personnel representing the full amount of the severance payments that they were entitled to receive.
The company says this now clears the way for the outsourcing of security functions and closing of its internal security department.
Pan-Caribbean says the decision comes after more than 13 meetings with the unions representing the security guards, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries were unsuccessful in arriving at an agreement.
The guards had been placed on indefinite leave then sent home permanently on August 15, despite ongoing talks over alleged breaches of labour laws by the sugar company.
They were allegedly sent home following the theft of several pieces of equipment at the sugar company’s factories.
The company says it has no information that indicates that the internal security personnel were personally involved in the massive thefts that preceded the decision to send them on paid leave.
But it says the thefts brought into sharp focus the need to restructure its security operations.
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