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TRADE unions representing employees of Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) are seeking the intervention of Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier in the current impasse at the company's three sugar plants.
According to Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) deputy island supervisor, Harold Brown, the unions believe that there is a need for the minister to intervene as the industrial relations machinery at the ministry seems incapable of resolving the dispute.
"I think we need the involvement of the minister, himself, if we are to resolve these issues going forward," Brown said, after another meeting at the ministry Monday failed to make any progress towards a settlement.
The Jamaica Observer understands, however, that it is Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke who is likely to intervene by inviting the parties to a meeting later this week to discuss the problems.
The start of the 2013/14 sugar crop at Bernard Lodge sugar estate, and the Monymusk and Frome sugar estates/factories, which are all owned by Pan Caribbean — a subsidiary of Chinese firm COMPLANT — has been threatened by the impasse over the layoff of 132 security guards last week. The separation of the guards has increased the number of persons laid off at the plants to 400, since COMPLANT bought them in late 2011.
Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier
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