BITU Calls Off UDC Workers’ Strike

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The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, BITU, has withdrawn a strike notice it served on the Urban Development Corporation, UDC.

The move follows a meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, involving both parties at the Ministry’s North Street Office Thursday morning.

A statement from the Ministry this afternoon says the parties will meet again on August 25 to continue discussions on the 2015 – 2017 wage negotiations.

The BITU issued a 72-hour strike notice on the UDC on Tuesday. It says the strike was necessary because of the failure of the UDC to complete wage and fringe benefits negotiations. The claims were made on behalf of unionized workers at several UDC entities in St. Ann.

The unionized workers include line staff at the St. Ann Development Company properties, production staff at the Runaway Bay Water Company Limited and workers at the Roaring River Park.

According to the BITU, the UDC and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service have failed to meet several commitments they’d given.

These include the settlement of disputed issues from the 2015/2017 Heads of Agreement between the public sector unions and the Government.

BITU Vice President, Rudolph Thomas, says the workers are upset about the duration over which the negotiations have dragged on.

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