The National Workers Union (NWU) has penned another letter to Labour Minister Robert Lewis requesting his intervention in dealing with a recognition claim it submitted to his department regarding employees at Renwick and Company Limited.
According to the letter, written by the union’s President General Tyrone Maynard, the unresolved claim has left workers in a “vulnerable” and “unprotected” position, to the extent that some have already been dismissed “with no justification”.
Employees at Renwick and Company Limited joined the NWU in April this year, after which a recognition claim was submitted to Acting Labour Commissioner George Melchoir on their behalf on May 3, 2013.
“While the delay seems to be inflicting more pain on workers, the company has conveniently used the outstanding period to terminate the services of workers without justification. The workers are totally frustrated, feel unprotected by the government’s Labour Act and can no longer maintain their confidence in the Department of labour,” the NWU said in its letter dated August 7, 2013.
“Sir, it must be understood and made abundantly clear that the workers who receive termination notices have mortgages, bank loans and children to feed as well as meet other domestic obligations. I must also point out that should the plight of workers be ignored the time will come when workers no longer access the democratic process but would attempt to take matters into their own hands,” it further stated.
“Please understand that this is no threat to anyone. It is a mood that is beginning to swell on the ground. In the interest of assisting these poor workers we are requesting your intervention,” it went on.
The letter was copied to Melchoir, the deputy labour commissioner, the prime minister and employees at Renwick and Co.
This is the latest of several letters forwarded to the minister on the issue.