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SWMCOL workers protest outside Beetham Landfill, on Monday 20th April

by | Apr 21, 2015

Beetham landfill

Beetham landfill, Port-of-Spain

Daily Paid Staff of the Beetham landfill engaged in protest action Monday morning to highlight issues relating to wage negotiations, health and safety and employee welfare concerns.

Wage negotiations have been ongoing between The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) Management and the Industrial General and Sanitation Workers Union (IGSWU) for the period 2011 to 2013 without resolution to date.

A statement said SWMCOL’s management has prepared counter proposals to that of the Union since 2013.

It explained that these proposals have since been submitted to the Line Ministry, Ministry of Local Government in accordance with the practice for state companies regarding wage negotiations.

The Line Ministry the statement indicated reviewed and forwarded the proposals to the office of the Chief Personnel Officer.

SWMCOLWith respect to Health, Safety and Welfare concerns SWMCOL acknowledged that the conditions at its landfills are adverse.

However, it said the Company has instituted various measures including routine medical examinations on a biannual basis and provision of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to mitigate against Health and Safety risks in order to ensure compliance to the OSH Act.

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