Coates Brothers (Jamaica) Ltd v The National Workers Union
Industrial Disputes Tribunal
Lloyd, C.; Holness, R.; White, R.
IDT 62 of 1976
Labour Law - Industrial Disputes — Wage Increases
Labour Law - Industrial Disputes — Improved Fringe Benefits
The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, by letter dated 8 th September, 1976, in accordance with section 11(1) of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, referred to the Tribunal for settlement, an industrial dispute between the EMPLOYER and the TRADE UNION.
The Terms of Reference to the Tribunal were as follows –
“To determine and settle the dispute between Coates Brothers (Ja.) Limited on the one hand, and the unionized workers employed by the Company and represented by the National Workers Union on the other hand, over the union's claim for wage increases and fringe benefits on behalf of the said workers.”
The division of the Tribunal selected in accordance with section 8(2) of the Act was –
Mr. James Lloyd
Mr. Noel Holness
Mr. Dorrel White
The EMPLOYER was represented by –
Mr. Charles Wilmot
The TRADE UNION was represented by –
Mr. Donovan Hunter
Written briefs were submitted by the parties and oral submissions made at the sittings held on the 20 th and 21 st October, 1976.
The Company and the Union are parties to a Collective Labor Agreement which expired on the 30 th November, 1975. Since then the Company and the Union have met at the local level and at the Ministry of Labour and employment but were unable to resolve all their differences.
Claim 1 WORKER PARTICIPATION
We make no Award, however, the Tribunal recommends that both the Company and the Union meet and discuss this matter with a view to finding a solution satisfactory to both parties.
Claim 2 WAGES
The Company in stating its case before the Tribunal pointed out that the present wages of section Leader included a sum of Five Dollars ($5.00) for operating a Forklift. However, the Company also stated that the other employees are also required to operate the Forklift from time to time and in the circumstances agreed that the payment of this amount to all employees would be equitable. The Tribunal in making its Award considers it necessary to state that driving the forklift is part of the duties of each employee.
Effective 1 st December, 1975 –
1 st December, 1975 to 30 th November, 1976.
1 st Year
1 st December, 1976 to 28 th February, 1978.
2 nd Year
Section Leader Liquid Inks
Section Leader Paste Products
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