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NIC workers on strike

Published:Thursday | February 7, 2008 | 2:12 PM

The Ministry of Labour is continuing discussions in an effort to resolve a dispute between the fortnightly paid workers and the management at the St. Catherine branch of the National Irrigation Commission (NIC).

The workers who are represented by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) have taken strike action for a third day.

BITU President, Kavan Gayle said the dispute surrounds the transfer of a worker from the Clarendon branch, to work in St. Catherine to assume responsibilities in a vacant position.

He said a meeting at the Labour Ministry on Tuesday failed to resolve the issues.

The Managing Director of NIC, Donovan Reid said the Commission was able to restore service to the treatment plant yesterday, to facilitate water supplies to communities in Spanish Town and its environs.

Mr. Reid said last night acts of vandalism on the Commission’s equipment, affected water supplies to some communities.

The Agriculture Minister has asked the police to investigate the reports of vandalism, he added.