Workers at Gravel, Concrete and Emulsion Production Corporation earlier this week, withdrew their labor due to a lack of response from management, regarding salary negotiation for the years 2016-2018.
President of the Technical and Allied Workers Union Andre Lewis said the industrial action of Gravel and Concrete began on Tuesday 8th August when workers withdrew theirlabor.
He said the board and the authority had committed to give a response to their ongoing negotiations by last Friday, 4th August. By Tuesday 8th no response had been received, which prompted the workers and the union that represent them to take immediate industrial action.
Lewis stated that the matter had been outstanding for a while and the TAWU negotiating team has been trying for a long time to meet with Gravel and Concrete but was unsuccessful. However, there was an understanding that a response would be given by Friday, August 4th but was not to be which led to the industrial action
According to the TAWU president, there seems to be a new development with the statutory bodies and with the government to delay everything but TAWU has drawn the lines. He said enough time has passed and they have been dealing with the same employer without result for too long.
Lewis said the intention of the workers and the union is not to create a negative impact on the public but their fight is with the management and if in seeking their rights the public is affected, then they humbly apologize. He said the only thing that stands in the way of possibly resolving the issue is a response from the authority of Gravel and Concrete. Once they issue a response it will be evaluated and a decision made about the way forward. The TAWU chief said salary negotiations for the years 2016-2018 have commenced and the union is awaiting a response to its proposal.