UAWU Leaves JCTU, Temporarily

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The University and Allied Workers Union, UAWU says it has temporarily withdrawn from the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU.

This because the UAWU is angry the JCTU signed a wage deal with the Government without advising it’s president, Senator Lambert Brown. The UAWU is among 11-unions that form the JCTU.

According to the UAWU, it has taken leave from the JCTU because the JCTU leadership signed a 4-year wage deal with the Holness-administration prematurely.

When contacted this afternoon, UAWU President, Senator Lambert Brown declined to comment on the issue. Mr. Brown referred our news centre to the organization’s Vice President, Clifton Grant.

Mr. Grant explained why the UAWU has taken leave from the JCTU.

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Mr. Grant says there was an opportunity for the JCTU to have advised Mr. Brown about the contract signing but this was not done.

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Last week, a four-year wage deal was agreed to by at least six groups representing public sectors workers, including 4-major unions.

The major unions which have agreed to the deal are the JCTU, the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, BITU, the National Workers Union, NWU and the Jamaica Civil Service Association, JCSA.

The deal proposes a 16-percent increase for public sector workers over a 4 year period.

Mr. Grant says the UAWU does not believe the deal is a good one.

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In the meantime, JCTU President Helene Davis Whyte says efforts are being made to resolve the concerns raised by the UAWU.

Mrs. Davis Whyte declined to comment when asked by our news center this afternoon to respond to the allegation by Mr. Grant that the JCTU leadership has been disrespectful in its approach.

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