BITU Urges JISCO to Keep Alpart Open

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Vice President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, BITU, Rudolph Thomas is appealing to JISCO to follow through with its plans to keep the Alpart alumina plant in St. Elizabeth open while expected modernisation works take place.

In recent weeks, JISCO and the government have announced that the company is delaying the upgrade of the St. Elizabeth based refinery until next year.

It also emerged that JISCO is considering closing the refinery for up to a year to carry out the upgrades.

Yesterday, Opposition Spokesman on Mining, Phillip Paulwell said the upgrade of the plant could take another three years.

Meanwhile, Mining Minister Robert Montague says details of the discussions regarding Alpart can not be divulged at this time.

The Unions representing the workers are calling for greater communication from the government and management of JISCO as they seek to allay the fears of workers.

General Secretary of the National Workers Union, Granville Valentine, is expressing concern about the lack of communication.

General Secretary of the Union Of Clerical Administrative & Supervisory Employees, UCASE, John Levy, says they need to be updated to quell the workers’ uncertainty.

John Levy, General Secretary of the Union Of Clerical Administrative & Supervisory Employees, UCASE.

They were speaking on Nationwide This Morning with Dennis Brooks and Patria-Kaye Aarons.



In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.


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