Island Supervisor for the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, BITU, Hanif Brown, says many of the workers recently made redundant by J Wray and Nephew and are actually welcoming the move.
Mr. Brown says the union is concerned about the economic and social impact of the redundancies on the communities.
But he says many of the workers are looking forward to the parachute payment that comes along with being made redundant.
Chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers Association, Alan Rickards, says sugar factories must diversify the crops they work with.
Meanwhile, J. Wray and Nephew says it’s committing more than $100-hundred million to help employees laid off last week.
Chairman of JWN & JWN Foundation, Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence, says the bulk of the company’s intervention will be focused on education.
Mr. Lawrence says the company will also be implementing wider social intervention to help the former employees.