Radio Jamaica Ltd v National Workers Union
Industrial Dispute Tribunal
Martin, Holness, R.; White, R.
IDT 27 of 1976
Labour Law - Collective Agreement — Terms of Employment
The Honourable Minister of Labour and employment by letter dated 14 th May, 1976, in accordance with section 11 of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, referred to the Tribunal for settlement, an industrial dispute between Radio Jamaica and the National Workers Union.
The Terms of Reference to the Tribunal were as follows –
“To determine and settle the dispute between Radio Jamaica Limited and the unionized employees of the company represented by the National Workers Union, over the Union's claim for wage increases and fringe benefits.”
The division of the Tribunal selected in accordance with section 8(2) of the Act to hear the dispute was –
Dr. John Martin
Mr. Noel Holness
Mr. Dorrel White
The Employer was represented by –
Mr. Peter Judah (Legal)
Mr. Lloyd DePasc
Mr. Winston Ridgard
Miss Janet Mowatt
The Trade Union was represented by –
Senator Carlyle Dunkley
Mr. Lascelles Perry
Worker/Delegates in attendance were –
Mr. Lester Hines
Mr. Uriel Bradford
Mr. Louis Morris
Miss Norma Brown
Written briefs were submitted by the parties and oral submissions were made on the 18 th June and 7 th July, 1976.
The Company and the Union in their first appearance before the Tribunal requested that they be allowed to go back to the local level in an attempt to arrive at a settlement.
On the 7 th July, 1976, both parties reported to the Tribunal that considerable progress had been made in the local level talks and common ground existed for a settlement on the majority of the claims.
THE UNION argued that — “There was a pre-wage guideline offer which was in effect legitimized by the final guidelines in Ministry Paper No. 12. However, following the invitation of the Tribunal we had another look at the matter and the Union pointed out certain cost of living and hardship consideration arising from factors such as NIS deduction, National Housing Trust deductions and felt that in those circumstances the pre-guidelines offer should be improved. Also Sir, the parties took into account that the final level of...
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