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Ministry's meeting with NCB/Staff Association continues

Published:Monday | May 27, 2013 | 1:23 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has called an emergency meeting with representatives from the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and its Staff Association.




The parties are in dispute over salary claims.



About 1,900 workers at branches islandwide have taken industrial action.



Chairman of the NCB Staff Association, Paul Stewart, says the workers unanimously agreed to a strike at a meeting on Saturday after the bank gave an unsatisfactory response to their 17-point wage claim and has refused to continue negotiations.



He says the bank informed the union through a letter last Tuesday that its final offer for a salary increase over the contract period 2012-2014 would be five per cent.



He says the offer was less than the requested increase.



Stewart says NCB informed workers of its decision three weeks after the latest talks on May 1 and threatened to take the matter to the Labour Ministry.



He says today’s strike action is aimed at having the NCB's management continue the talks at the local level.



Stewart has declined to reveal the level of increase being sought but notes that there was an eight per cent salary increase in 2008.



He says inflation and the level of profit posted by the bank are factors influencing the demands of the staff.



Stewart says the industrial action is not expected to go into tomorrow.



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