Possible late start to sugar production in Clarendon - union rep
At least one union representative is concerned that there may be a decline in sugar production for the 2015-2016 crop year because of a possible late start at the Monymusk factory in Clarendon.
Assistant Island Supervisor at the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, Hanif Brown, says since the field workers employed to the factory were laid off, there has been no definite word on when they are to return.
He says they were told that work would have restarted two weeks ago.
However, he says there has been no word from the Chinese-owned Pan Caribbean Sugar Company which operates the factory.
Brown laments that the sugarcane in the fields is likely to deteriorate if it is not cared for properly or reaped on time.
According to him, the workers were laid off because material critical for repairs at the factory had not arrived.