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Union told to wait

Kingston Times, 20 April 2000

Falmouth, 00.04.20 - The National Workers Union (NWU) says workers employed to Good Hope Limited and Appleton Hall Farms in Trelawny are restive following their dispute with management over increased wages and improved working conditions.

The NWU says it has written to the Ministry of Labour requesting its intervention in the dispute.

The union says it has been trying to conclude negotiations to establish a two-year labour-management agreement, but the management of the over 100 workers has been very un-co-operative. According to the NWU, the management says it is waiting on the conclusion of wage negotiations at the United Estates in St. Catherine. This, the union says, is not a valid reason as those negotiations have no relevance to the operations of Good Hope.

The workers involved include sidemen, reapers, labourers, welders and washers.

The NWU says it is hoping to meet with the company's management as soon as possible to reach an amicable agreement.