Highway 2000 workers still on strike
Jamaicans working on the North-South link of Highway 2000 are still in limbo after their unions and the management of China Harbour engineering Company failed to arrive at an agreement during a meeting at the Labour Ministry yesterday.
The workers have been on strike for more than a week.
Assistant Island Supervisor at the National Workers Union Khurt Fletcher says a representative from the company showed up and indicated CHEC’s willingness to recognise the unions as the workers’ bargaining agents.
He said the representative also said the company would implement new pay rates as of this fortnight.
However, he says that person was not authorised to put that agreement in writing.
Fletcher is now awaiting word from the Labour Ministry as to whether the Chinese company has presented a written agreement.
Until then, he says the workers remain off the job.
In addition to better pay rates the Jamaican workers are also lobbying for better working conditions.
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