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Golden Grove tells unions its yields insufficent to sustain current staff

BITU Island Supervisor Hanif Brown
 
The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) and the University and Allied Worker's Union (UAWU) have been updated on Golden Grove Sugar Company's intention to cut 70 jobs.
 
The factory has reported that since the start of the 2017/18 crop, it has been receiving 750 tonnes of sugar cane daily, which it says is inadequate to sustain the current staff complement.
 
BITU Island Supervisor Hanif Brown has said his group is "extremely disappointed" because Golden Grove "has not put out the required effort to ensure improvement and sustainability in their operation."
 
He argued that despite the restructuring taking place at the sugar company, it is evident that "fields are not being properly cared for and the yields continue to show decline." 
 
The Golden Grove Sugar Company said it will operate two shifts with 141 employees.
 
Of the 70 positions to be cut, 45 are held by contract workers.
 
Notice and redundancy payments will be made by March 29.
 


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