NWC Management and trade unions to meet with Labour Ministry, tomorrow

The management of the National Water Commission, NWC and the unions representing NWC workers have been summoned to a meeting by the Labour Ministry.


The meeting is set for 2pm tomorrow at the ministry’s Kingston office.


It follows a 72-hour strike notice issued on the NWC as workers continue to be restive over unresolved salary issues.


The notice was issued last Friday by the trade unions representing the workers.


These are the National Workers Union, the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers and the Union of Public and Private Employees.


In a letter to NWC President Mark Barnett, copied to the media, the unions acknowledged receipt of an email from the company, conveying the response of the finance ministry to concerns and position advanced at a meeting on July 3.


They said the response was deemed unacceptable by the workers, who subsequently mandated the unions to advise that if the matter is not satisfactorily resolved within 3 days, then the workers will have no option but to resort to taking industrial action.


The unions expressed hope that the management of the NWC and the Finance Ministry will recognise the urgency of the situation and will therefore act promptly to finalise the exercise to the satisfaction of the workers.


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