Production halted at New Day bauxite plant as workers protest

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Production halted at New Day bauxite plant as workers protest

Monday, September 24, 2018

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ST ANN, Jamaica — Production was affected at the New Day Aluminum (Jamaica) Limited in St Ann today as almost 200 hourly-paid workers went on strike for approximately four hours.

The angry workers said that they were forced to protest due to the consistent delays being faced in renewing their contracts. They claimed that they have been working for three years without a contract and without several benefits.

“The workers reach a stage where enough is enough. We are waiting too long, nearly three years of expired contract and nothing can be done. Enough is enough,” said Alfred Hemmings, University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) Senior Union Delegate representing approximately 180 employees.

He said a meeting was set two months ago for the Union Delegates to meet with the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) for September 19; however, the meeting was postponed.

Another meeting was planned for today through to Thursday but was postponed because the Ministry of Labour has not sent the outstanding document to the IDT.

The workers believe they are being treated unfairly and want a contract to be put in place soon.

Renae Dixon

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