Strike continues at Caribbean Products; Management says dispute is not about flexi-work-arrangement
The Management of Caribbean Products Company Limited has hit back at claims by its workers that they took industrial action, due to the Company’s implementation of a flexi-work-arrangement without properly engaging them.
The workers are on their second day of protest, following a meeting involving their union, the company and the Labour Ministry yesterday (July 3) which they say, did not produce a favourable outcome.
The staff has vowed to remain off the job until the flexi-work-schedule, which came into effect yesterday, is withdrawn and an agreement is reached.
Speaking with IRIE FM news this morning, Chief Executive Officer of the Seprod Group of Companies, Richard Pandohie says the matter of discord lies not in the flexi-arrangement.
He said workers of Caribbean Products, which operates under the Seprod Group, are fighting against the introduction of a fourth-shift system, aimed at reducing the 7-day work week of staff and thereby boosting productivity.
The fourth shift, he said, stemmed from the modernization of Caribbean Products.
Mr Pandohie explained that during discussions with the union, the company placed offers on the table which would benefit the workers but these were not accepted.