Union hoping new Noranda owners will compensate dismissed workers
Despite approval being given to sell Noranda Bauxite Company, The University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) says it is hoping the company will pay some $3.8 million it owes some workers.
UAWU president Lambert Brown says the money was awarded when over 70 workers were dismissed by Noranda and sought to settle the matter at the industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT).
Last Friday, Noranda's parent company, Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation, announced that it received court approval to sell the operations to DADA Holdings LLC, under its affiliate, New Day Aluminum LLC for a purchase price of $24.4 million.
However, Brown says Noranda has a responsibility to pay the money it owes to the workers.
Mining Minister, Mike Henry, says his ministry is in discussions with the new owners of Noranda Bauxite Company in St Ann regarding its financial obligations.
In a statement this morning, Henry said these include the settlement of outstanding balances to line-staff members, contractors and the government.
He is seeking to assure that all obligations to the affected parties will be fully honoured by New Day over time on a phased basis, once a schedule is agreed on.