The NWU and the Management of CARIMAN Ltd have been engaged in months of negotiations. On March 12, 2012, the NWU as requested by the company, submitted an overall compromise industrial package which should have been implemented. That was not done. The company kept asking for more time. That new package is to cover a period of four years.
The company has since written to government seeking fiscal operational support that would make it possible for them to continue to operate and help in its employment of 77 male and female factory operatives. The NWU has supported the request by conveying its position of company solidarity to Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs.
However, workers are getting fed up and are not prepared to wait indefinitely. At a general meeting held for the employees on October 4, 2012 at Vieux Fort, workers unanimously supported the protest action ultimatum and directed the union to inform the company and government.
The NWU in a letter dated October 5, 2012 has since conveyed the workers position to the company.
Caribbean Manufacturers Limited – CARIMAN Ltd. – operates in Vieux Fort and produces electronic parts that are exported to the United States of America.