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NWU and Sunshine Industries at loggerheads; union accuses company of locking out workers

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An industrial row is brewing between the management of Sunshine Industries and the National Workers Union (NWU).

A few weeks ago the management of the company and officials from the National Workers Union met to deal with a situation where it was established that salary deductions were made from workers pay without authority or mutual consent.

Deputy Labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse made some strong recommendations to the parties that would reverse that decision, having established that the procedure was definitely wrong.

Since then the workers have been receiving all kinds of insults and threats.  Management has gone as far as engaging a pastor from one of the religious denominations to hold prayers at the plant to get rid of all the perceived spirit elements.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, workers proceeded to the plant for work only to find that the company had locked them out.

The NWU has requested the intervention of the Department of Labour.

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