BITU wins poll at Everglades Farm
THE Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) has won bargaining rights on behalf of monthly - paid staff at the Everglades Farm in Clarks Town, Trelawny.
Results of the poll conducted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security at the Farm on March 11, showed that 26 of the 33 workers eligible to participate in the poll voted for the union.
Everglades Farm — formerly Long Pond Estate — was in 2010 purchased by the Hussey family, of the Terra Nova Hotel and horseracing fame. The company has since expanded its operations to include leased lands at Hampden Estates.
The family has invested over $1.5 million in the project which produces both sugar and rum (Rum Fire), as well as produce for the local market and tourism sector.
BITU deputy island supervisor, Harold Brown, who was responsible for organising the workers, said that with the poll behind them, the union will now turn to some of the issues affecting the staff.