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Labour Ministry can't force COMPLANT to meet with union

Published:Friday | May 10, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor – Radio



The National Workers Union (NWU) is appealing for the Ministry of Labour's intervention, amid the worsening industrial dispute involving workers at the Chinese-operated firm COMPLANT and management personnel.




The workers at the company in St Ann took strike action today over the company's failure to grant the workers sick leave.



NWU Vice-president Granville Valentine also claims the workers are also upset that the company is not adhering to the three-to-one ratio of local to Chinese workers.



He says they were further infuriated by a declaration by a senior officer at the company, that the management will not meet with the workers even if the Prime Minister orders them to.



Valentine says the Labour Ministry must move to enforce the rules relating to the number of foreigners who are allowed in the country when there are Jamaicans available for those positions.



However, a source at the Labour Ministry says the ministry cannot force the management to attend a meeting.



The source further explained that while the workers are members of unions they are not unionised as COMPLANT has not given the union bargaining rights.



COMPLANT acquired the remaining three factories of the Government's loss-making Sugar Company of Jamaica.



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