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Unions, HEART/NTA sign wage agreement

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 10:09 AM
HEART Trust/NTA building in St Andrew - File photo

The National Workers Union, the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the Union of Public and Private Employees have inked a four-year wage and fringe benefits agreement with the HEART/NTA.

The deal will apply to over 500 non-management and support services staff.

NWU Vice President, Arthur Grant describes the deal as a reasonable settlement.

Highlights of the agreement include: 

a) Overall 18% wage increase over the 4 years i.e 7% in year one (2017), 3% in year two, 3% in year three and 5% in year four for the contract period April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2021. 

b) Staff will also receive increases in clothing, subsistence, meal/supper and taxi allowances. 

c) Introduction of a shift premium for staff who work swing and graveyard hours at Ebony Park and the College of Hospitality Services (Cardiff Hotel).

In addition, the agreement states that a Job Analysis Exercise will be finalised during the merger process.

There is also an Inflation Rider/ Protection Clause which will result in the parties returning to the bargaining table should the national inflation exceeds the projected 4-6%. 

The new rates and retroactive sums will be reflected in the August 2018 pay cycle. 

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