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Some CHEC workers sign up for union representation

Vincent Morrison, President of UCASE
Some Jamaican workers employed by Chinese construction firms on the Mandela Highway Improvement Project have signed up for union representation.
 
Representatives of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) met with the workers Monday morning following their recent protest against poor working conditions.
 
RJR News visited the work site Monday morning and witnessed the employees agreeing to become unionised.
 
Unions which spoke with RJR News during the protest by the workers said they had long been trying to secure representation on their behalf through the Ministry of Labour, but to no avail.
 
Vincent Morrison, President of UCASE, who spoke on behalf of the unions, called for those workers who have not signed and did not turn up for Monday's meetings to reconsider.
 
Some of the workers are employed to China Harbour Engineering Company and Sinopharm Pan Caribbean.
 
Sinopharm workers, who are engaged to lay pipes, and had refused to resume duties until their concerns were dealt with, are back on the job.
 
However, Mr. Morrison said that there are concerns regarding victimisation as some employees who participated in the work stoppage have not been recalled. 
 
 
 


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