Petrojam workers expected to resume normal operations while compensation talks continue
Labour Minister Pearnel Charles Jr. has urged upset workers at Petrojam to resume normal duties today, even as talks continue in a bid to resolve issues that led to a sick out yesterday (October 11).
Over 200 workers from Petrojam Technical Services took industrial action, to highlight their reservations about the public sector compensation review process.
The Labour Ministry intervened and called the management of Petrojam, as well as the Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), to a conciliatory meeting yesterday.
It’s not clear if progress was made at yesterday’s meeting.
The Minister has indicated that UCASE will meet workers at 8 this morning, and once normal operations are restored, a dedicated session for negotiations will be set for 2 this afternoon.
Mr. Charles Jr. sought to assure the workers of his ministry’s unyielding commitment to ensuring a fair and balanced approach to workplace concerns.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Daryl Vaz said based on meetings held and conversations between himself and staff last night, he is confident of a full resumption of operations by Petrojam employees while negotiations continue.
He urged the employees to be patient and understanding as the issues continue to be ventilated.