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Sugar producers and unions reach wage deal

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 10:47 AM

A new two-year wage agreement has been signed between the Sugar Producers Federation of Jamaica and three unions representing workers in the sugar industry after lengthy discussions.

The parties reached the agreement following talks at the Ministry of Labour yesterday.

The labour ministry says the Settlement provides for a four percent increase in year one on all daily, hourly and task rates, and an additional increase of three percent in year two.

The ministry further says the agreement also provides for increases in clothing and meal allowances, as well as in coverage for group life and personal accident insurance.

The labour ministry notes that the wage agreement is retroactive to January 1 this year, or the beginning of the 2015/2016 Crop, whichever is earlier.

The season began in November/December last year.