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Trade Unions and employers ask the government for more time to deliberate changes to the Industrial Relations Act.

Trade Unions and employers ask the government for more time to deliberate changes to the Industrial Relations Act.

Some trade unions and employers are today asking for an extension to the time for deliberations on amendments to the Industrial Relations Act.
This according to Labour Minister Jennifer Baptiste-Primus.
Public debate on the Act has heightened following the closure of Arcellor Mittal locally.
The multinational firm said it took the decision due to declining profits and a slow down on the international steel market.
The move resulted in job cuts for hundreds of workers.
Today, speaking on the Power Breakfast Programme on Power 102.1fm, Labour Minister, Jennifer Baptiste Primus, explained there are companies that have retrenched employees who are yet to receive any benefits.
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Mrs Baptiste Primus said following the consultation process a document will be prepared and a cabinet review will then take place.

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Trade unions contend that all should be done to safe guard the well-being and interest of workers.

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Meanwhile……
One trade union is suggesting that more emphasis should be placed on addressing serious issues affecting workers.
The Oilfield Workers Trade Union says some problems include the non-settlement of negotiations and the use of contract labour at some critical public services.
OWTU Education and Research Officer, Ozzi Warwick, in a News Power Now interview this afternoon said that these matters are having an impact on the morale of employees which can affect productivity.
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Government has insisted that it is in support of the social dialogue process which involves labour, business and the state.

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