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Unions representing sugar workers to start wage proposal talks

Published:Tuesday | March 18, 2014 | 8:31 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

Unions representing the island’s sugar workers are to embark on a series of consultations on a new wage proposal from the Sugar Producers Federation.

After another marathon meeting at the Ministry of Labour yesterday representatives of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, the National Workers Union and the Sugar Producers Federation failed to reach an agreement.

UAWU First Vice-president Clifton Grant says there are a number of issues on the table and the negotiations are at a delicate stage.

Grant says the unions will be taking the issues raised at the meeting to their members for feedback.

The unions and the federation have been negotiating a compensation package for a new contract period since last December.

The federation had reportedly offered to pay sugar workers an increase of seven per cent in year one and, three per cent in the second year.

However, sugar workers and their unions want a 13 per cent increase in the first and an eight and a half per cent increase in the second year of the contract.

Grant says the unions continue to implore workers to remain calm while the negotiations are ongoing.

All parties are to return to the labour ministry on March 31.


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