Strike action by some 150 workers employed to two of the Corporate Area’s critical road improvement projects enters its third day.
The workers are employed to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and are assigned to the road improvement projects in progress on the Mandela Highway and the Portia Simpson Miller Square in Three Miles.
President of the Union of Clerical and Administrative and Supervisory Employees, UCASE, Vincent Morrison, is accusing CHEC of acting unilaterally.
Mr. Morrison says the union and the workers it represents are awaiting an answer from CHEC, following a meeting with the contractors this morning. He says employees will stay off the job until there’s an amicable resolution. Calls placed to CHEC for a response went unanswered.
Meanwhile, Mr. Morrison says three days into the dispute and the Government hasn’t intervened.
When contacted this afternoon by our news centre, Minister in Charge of Works in the Office of the Prime Minister, Everald Warmington, told our news centre that disputes between contractors and employees doesn’t fall within his ministerial purview. He says industrial disputes should be handled by the Labour Ministry.
But, the Labour Ministry says no complaint has been filed with its office. It says until then, the agencies within the ambit of the Works portfolio should resolve the matter.