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Unions representing Noranda workers feeling left out, want to hear from government

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 10:02 AM
President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) Lambert Brown says he is disappointed that the government has not called a meeting to explain the details of the new deal to trade unions representing the workers.

A trade union representing some workers of Noranda Bauxite Company is expressing disappointment in the government, which it says has left unions out of talks regarding the sale of the company.

Noranda Bauxite Company is set to be taken over by New Day Holdings LLC.

Hundreds of current workers and many who were made redundant are set to be affected by the takeover, which the government must approve before the end of this month.

President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) Lambert Brown says he is disappointed that the government has not called a meeting to explain the details of the new deal to trade unions representing the workers.

Brown says his union needs information from the government so that it can make informed decisions on behalf of over 300 Noranda workers the UAWU represents.

 

President of the University and Allied Workers Union Lambert Brown

Yesterday, while facing resistance from the opposition, mining minister Mike Henry informed the Parliament that hundreds of Jamaicans could be out of a job at the end of the month if it does not sign an agreement for the takeover of Noranda Bauxite Company within the next five days.

Brown says the workers have questions about their future which can only be answered if the government has talks with their unions.

 

UAWU president Lambert Brown