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NWC workers on strike ahead of Labour Ministry meeting

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 9:19 AM
NWC workers outside the gates of their Marescaux Road offices in Kingston amid strike action - Jermaine Barnaby photo
The main entrance to the NWC Marescaux Road office has been padlocked by workers - Jermain Barnaby Photo
NWC workers outside the gates of their Marescaux Road offices in Kingston amid strike action - Jermaine Barnaby photo
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Workers at the National Water Commission (NWC) have gone on strike ‎ahead of a meeting scheduled for this afternoon with the Labour Ministry.

The workers are upset about the failure of the Commission's management to settle on their wage and fringe benefits claims.

Helene Davis-Whyte, General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers, says the move by the workers to take industrial action ahead of the meeting with the Labour Ministry is apparently because of a miscommunication among workers.

She said up to yesterday, the understanding was that there would be no protest action pending the outcome of the meeting, but that might not have been communicated to workers on the incoming shift.

As a result, workers padlocked the gates to several NWC locations including the ones on Oxford and Marescaux Road‎s.
 

However, Davis-Whyte said the union leaders have intervened and are trying to avert any disruption in water supply pending the outcome of the meeting.   ‎