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Emergency meeting called after Nestle workers strike

Published:Friday | May 31, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

The Ministry of Labour has called an emergency conciliatory meeting for this afternoon to discuss issues which led to a strike by employees of Nestle Jamaica Limited.

Vice-president of the National Workers Union, Howard Duncan, says the workers took action yesterday after their colleague was fired unjustifiably.

He said the worker was accused of gross misconduct although video evidence proved otherwise.

Duncan says he’s surprised that the worker received a termination letter on Wednesday despite attempts to resolve the matter with the management during a meeting held on Monday.

He says that the meeting was aborted after the management refused to allow him to interview the manager at the center of the dispute.

Duncan has expressed concern about the labour ministry’s handling of the situation noting that he had requested a meeting earlier but did not get a response.

He said he was not consulted about a time for the meeting and will not be able to participate in the discussion today as he’s in St James attending to other industrial dispute matters.

The meeting at the labour ministry is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The labour ministry says it is prepared to work with all parties to arrive at an amicable resolution of matters in dispute.


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