Appleton Estate Ltd v Bustamante Industrial Trade Union

 
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Industrial Disputes Tribunal

Lynch, C.

42 of 1977

Appleton Estate Ltd.
and
Bustamante Industrial Trade Union

Labour law - Industrial disputes — Wage increases.

JUDGMENT:
1

By letter dated 12th October, 1977, the honourable Minister of Labour, in accordance with section 11 of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, referred to the tribunal for settlement a dispute between the company and the union.

2

The terms of reference are as follows:

“To determine and settle the dispute between Appleton Estate Limited on the one hand, and certain supervisory, clerical, technical and administrative staff employed by the company and represented by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union on the other hand, over a claim served on the company by the union for wage increases and the duration of such increases having regard to the union's revised proposal and the company's offer.”

3

The division of the Tribunal selected in accordance with section 8(2) of the Act was

Mr. Basil Lynch -Chairman

Mr. Owen Plant — Employers' Representative

Mr. Dorrel White -Workers' Representative

4

The company was represented by–

Mr. Emil George, Q.C.

5

The union was represented by

Rt. Hon. Hugh Shearer

6

Submissions and Sittings

7

Written briefs were submitted by the parties and submissions made on the 2nd and 15th February 1978.

8

The dispute is in connection with a claim submitted to the company by the union, by letter dated 12th January 1976, for wage increases and the duration of such increases.

9

The existing weekly wage rates are set out below:–

Categories

Maximum

Minimum

Supervisors Grade 1

131

84

“Grade 11

108

96

Clerical Grade 1

108

96

Clerical Grade 11

92

...

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