NWC, workers' union sign agreement
After more than six hours of negotiations yesterday, the management of the National Water Commission (NWC) and the unions representing workers have signed a wage and fringe benefits agreement.
The negotiations were fast-tracked by a strike action by workers two weeks ago because of the slow pace at which management was dealing with the issue.
Granville Valentine, general secretary of the National Workers’ Union (NWU) says while unions did not get everything they requested, they were able to secure a number of benefits including the establishment of a $5.5 million loan scheme for financially challenged workers.
Valentine says workers will also be getting a lunch subsidy increase as well as allowances for those who own motor vehicles and taxi allowances for those who use public transportation.
He says the NWC's management also agreed to revamp an incentive system for workers.
Valentine says the workers were satisfied with the outcome of the negotiations.
Yesterday, Valentine said unions would ask the NWC management to give workers overtime compensation.
However, he says the management indicated it could not grant this and instead gave other benefits in place of the overtime payment.