Meantime in the midst of disagreements between labour unions and the government comes word that a major public utility has settled negotiations with its employees.

After just five meetings, the Water and Sewerage Authority yesterday successfully concluded negotiations with the Public Services Association for a new Collective Agreement.

The agreement for the period January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010 is valued at $183 million.

The agreement includes salary increases of five per cent over a three-year period.

PSA president Watson Duke has described the agreement as ‘very good’ and said it would ensure income and job security.