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JISCO Alpart workers restive, union says

Friday, September 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) says that over 300 production workers at JISCO Alpart in Nain, St Elizabeth; mining operations at Point C in Manchester; and Port Kaiser are restive.

“The workers are upset and concerned over the delay by the ministry in processing a bargaining rights poll requested by their union,” UCASE stated in a release today.

“In May this year, UCASE through its President, Mr Vincent Morrison, served claim for bargaining rights on the management of JISCO Alpart on behalf of the production workers of the company. The Ministry of Labour was promptly informed and provided with all the documentary requirements under Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act (LRIDA),” UCASE added.

The union said it was informed by the ministry in a letter dated August 15, 2018 that a prima facie case was made out.

Since that time the union and the workers have been requesting the Ministry of Labour to provide the relevant voters list for the holding of ballot among the workers. The ministry's response is that two other unions are involved and as such they cannot provide the list, UCASE contended.

According to the union, the position taken by the ministry has been strongly refuted by JISCO workers who have made it clear that they have not mandated any other union other than UCASE to negotiate on their behalf and that the ballot should not be delayed as a result of such fictitious claim.

In the meantime, UCASE has called a workers' meeting for next week Friday, September 21 at 4:00 pm in Nain, St Elizabeth to discuss the impasse.

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