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Sugar workers, employers head back to the negotiation table

Published:Thursday | March 13, 2014 | 10:46 AM

Officials at the Ministry of Labour are today expected to attempt to broker a settlement between disgruntled sugar workers and their employers.



The workers are pressing for increased wages.



A meeting has been called for the parties for 10 o’ clock this morning at the ministry.



Unions representing sugar workers and the Sugar Producers Federation were unable to reach a settlement last Friday prompting the intervention of the labour minister.



The unions want a 13 per cent increase in the first year and an eight and a half per cent increase in the second year of their new contract.



However, the federation has reportedly indicated it can only accommodate seven per cent in year one and three per cent in the second year.



First vice-president of the University and Allied Workers Union, Clifton Grant, says the unions and sugar workers are anxious to have the matter settled as it has dragged on for too long.



He says the more than 4,000 sugar workers remain restive.



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