A new collective agreement has been signed between the Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (GRENLEC) and the bargaining agents for employees, the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), following approximately three years of tough negotiations.
The agreement, which was signed last week Monday in the presence of Labour Commissioner, Cyrus Griffith paves the way for a 12 percent increase in salaries for workers along with a wide range of other benefits for the period 2012-15.
According to TAWU’s President General, Chester Humphrey the other benefits covered in the agreement are the establishment of a new retirement fund, which would allow for full benefits to be paid to workers; profit-sharing to be shared equally among employees regardless to their income and health benefits of up to two million dollars.
General Manager of GRENLEC, Collin Clover, acknowledged that although the agreement took long to conclude, he looked forward to continued fruitful relations with the Union.
“I think both ourselves and the Union would agree on one thing, that it has been long overdue and I think both of us are quite happy. I look forward to working together and having continued keen relationship with the Union”, he said.
According to Humphrey, the current President of the Senate in Parliament, both the union and GRENLEC have “enjoyed a long-standing relationship of successful collective agreements during the last 50 years.”
Sen. Humphrey commended the six shop stewards representing various departments of GRENLEC for their contributions to the agreement – Alstead Edwards, Randolph Mc Donald, Kim Hood, Khary Delves, Richard La Touche, and Johnson Hamer.
“I would like to thank the shop stewards for the critical role they played in the fashioning of this agreement,” he said, as he singled out for special mention, Johnson Hamer, who is representing workers from Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
“This is a historic moment. For the very first time in the history of the Union, we have a representative from Carriacou and Petite Martinique,” he said.
Humphrey, along with the six shop stewards and GRENLEC’s General Manager, Collin Clover; Chief Engineer, Clive Hosten and Chief Finance Officer, Benedict Brathwaite, affixed their signatures to the new collective agreement during the brief ceremony held at the conference room of the Ministry of Labour at the Botanical Gardens in St George’s.