Sugar workers restive
More than 4,000 sugar workers have threatened to take industrial action following weeks of failed negotiations, involving their unions and the Sugar Producers Federation (SPF) for improved wage and fringe benefits.
The three unions representing the workers and the Sugar Producers Federation (SPF) are still at a stalemate in hammering out a wage and fringe benefits agreement as a marathon meeting on Friday at the Ministry of Labour ended without a settlement.
The SPF has offered to increase wages to 7 percent in year one and 3 percent in the second year. However, this has been rejected by the unions.
First Vice President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), Clifton Grant says the SPF’s offer has only served to anger the workers.