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Unions representing dismissed guards, Pan Caribbean to meet Tuesday

Published:Friday | August 9, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Unions representing dismissed security guards at Pan Caribbean are to meet with representatives of the sugar company on Tuesday in an effort to resolve issues relating to the layoff of the workers.

The meeting is scheduled for two days before the effective date of the layoffs on August 15.

Officials of the National Workers Union (NWU) the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) and the University and Allied Workers Union have been meeting with their members to discuss and devise a plan of action to the company’s decision.

NWU President Vincent Morrison says the parties will be meeting next week to discuss the options available to resolve the dispute.

On Monday, Pan Caribbean advised that 132 security guards at the Frome, Monymusk and Bernard Lodge sugar factories who were sent on paid leave on July 21 would be laid off on Thursday.

The guards have already been replaced by private personnel.

The company has said its decision to lay off the workers is part of a restructuring exercise.

The BITU says the dismissed security manager at Pan Caribbean and other affected security guards are scheduled to hold a press conference this afternoon where they are expected to disclose issues relating to their dismissal.

The guards have rejected the company’s explanation that the layoffs is due to a restructuring exercise.

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