The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers’ Union has been reporting on a series of negotiations being held with private sector companies.
According to a TAWU release, the union has settled a new Collective Labour Agreement with Caribbean Agro Industries that provided increased benefits to workers.
The militant union is also seeking to conclude negotiations on the terms and conditions of exit from Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd. by way of redundancy for several workers.
The release said that the negotiations with Caribbean Agro Industries concluded on a positive note in which the Union secured a twelve percent (12%) increase in salary and a thirty-three percent (33%) increase in Severance Compensation for the General Staff.
There was also agreement on increases in several Allowances.
The release said that the agreement reached by Union and Company negotiators will first have to be ratified by Union members at a meeting.
Talks between TAWU and Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd. concerning the reduction of staff are still somewhere off in terms of a comprehensive agreement.
The union said that one of the sticking matters involving Exit Compensation is to be referred by the Company to the Ministry of Labour.
“This issue of retrenchment facing Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd. workers has been an ongoing matter regionally and in the context of Grenada will eventually lead to a loss of over thirty percent (30%) of the jobs”, said the union in its release.
The Union has been engaged in hard bargaining with the Company and no final agreement has been reached. The Union will meet with the SSD division of Cable & Wireless (G’da.) Ltd….”, it added.
In the matter of the LIAT Extended Hour Compensation, the Union said it has not yet received a response from the regional airline over its latest demand for the payment of one (1) million dollars at the end of the month and a payment plan for the outstanding amount of approximately four point nine (4.9) million dollars.
TAWU said that it intends to schedule an emergency meeting with LIAT workers shortly to discuss the issue.