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The history of farm labor in Jamaica

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Sugar pact likely today. Workers unhappy, but favour housing offer
By Balford Henry, Jamaica Gleaner, 31 January 2000. Sugar workers are unhappy at the levels of wage and fringe benefits their employers are offering them. However, indications are that their unions will sign a new two-year agreement with the Sugar Producers' Federation (SPF) today at the Ministry of Labour.
Union told to wait
Kingston Times, 20 April 2000. 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.
Holland row simmers
The Jamaica Gleaner, 15 July 2000. Workers protesting in front of Holland Estates and management company, Newton Cane Farms Ltd., over the dismissal of the farm manager. The workers refuse to send a delegation to management because of how they have dealt with strikes in the past,
BITU wants ministry to settle sugar dispute
The Jamaica Observer, 2 September 2000. The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU), seeks the intervention of the Ministry of Labour in settling a dispute between the Sugar Producers Federation (SPF) and the unions representing sugar workers. According to the BITU's vice president, uneasiness abounds over government's unilateral decision not to continue honouring the five-day 40-hour work week for some workers in the industry.