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Jamalco and UTASP still at odds

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 3:08 PM

The management of bauxite company Jamalco says it’s committed to settling outstanding salaries and benefits due to workers.

However, Jamalco says it cannot afford the claim put forward by the workers based on the current business climate and the total cost of the wage and fringe benefits package.

The company says it has repeatedly told the union that its current offer is not its final position and has affirmed its commitment to a fair negotiation process and would wish to continue.

Technical workers again protested at the gates of the Clarendon-based plant yesterday expressing frustration over the protracted negotiations.

Jamalco says it is surprised by the workers’ protest action.

The parties have been negotiating for the past two years.

The 314-hourly employees and their union, the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP), submitted a 40-point claim seeking an 81 per cent increase for the period 2015-2017.

However, UTASP General Secretary, St Patrice Ennis, says the union and the workers believe Jamalco can pay but is trying to frustrate them.

 

UTASP General Secretary, St Patrice Ennis