Some four weeks ago the NWU gave the company a seven-day ultimatum to resolve a wage matter or face protest action by the workers. The company failed to heed the ultimatum notice and as a result the workers withheld their labour. Since then talks at the domestic and conciliatory levels have been ongoing between the two parties in search of a solution.
CARIMAN Ltd. and the NWU, in a final attempt, met at the Department of Labour in Vieux Fort and reached agreement on five points:
* Wage increase and distribution of increments
* Strike pay
* Treatment of workers post strike period
* Scheduled date for a return to normalcy
* Retroactive pay
The general wage increase is to be spread 7 percent initially followed by another 3 percent; 75 percent payment of wages during the period of inactivity will be paid and retroactive pay to be effected within a reasonable period. Workers who participated in the action will not be victimized by the company and there will be a return to normalcy by November 12, 2012.
Workers have agreed to step up production to facilitate the efficient delivery of orders to the company’s clients. The parties have agreed to dialogue in realization of the agreed package.