Unions, NWC management agree to health plan extension
Unions representing workers at the National Water Commission (NWC) and the company’s management have agreed to a one-month extension to the current health plan provided to employees.
President of the National Workers Union (NWU), Granville Valentine, says the agreement was reached during talks over the weekend.
The NWU is one of five unions which represents NWC workers.
The new health scheme, which is at the centre of a dispute by workers, was to take effect on October 1.
The day before the new plan was to be introduced hundreds of NWC workers walked off the job in protest.
According to them, under the new agreement workers would pay higher premiums and get fewer benefits.
The strike action resulted in water disruptions to some communities.
Valentine says the unions are to meet with the internal NWC committee which deals with staff welfare matters and the board of the state agency with a view to reaching common ground on the vexed issue.
He says the union remains against any health plan that will put workers and their families at a disadvantage.
The NWU president says workers at the NWC remain upset at the decision to change their health plan and are eager to have the matter settled.