CHEC Workers Resumes Job

China Harbour Engineering Company, CHEC, says workers were back on the job today, following discussions with the company’s senior managers.

Workers protested yesterday, forcing the closure of a section of the North-South link of Highway 2000.

They claimed payment irregularities and unfair wages from CHEC.

In a statement this afternoon, China Harbour explains that workers are employed on a rotation system, which sees each employee working a 40 hour work week.

The company says employees who work on weekends are not paid overtime because they are still working the standard five-day work week.

CHEC admits there may have been some miscommunication about this system of payment.

It adds that construction on section 1B of the highway is 90-percent complete, so fewer local persons are being engaged.

It says this has resulted in Chinese workers being threatened by locals who’re no longer employed at the site, which has created tension on this leg of the project.

The company says it’s also disappointed that persons chose to disrupt the operations of the highway yesterday.

It says such volatile behaviour can discourage foreign companies from investing in Jamaica.