Renown Manufacturing Ltd v Trades Union Congress of Jamaica
Industrial Disputes Tribunal
No. 4 of 1978
Labour law - Industrial disputes — Wage increases.
Labour law - Industrial disputes — Improved fringe benefits.
REFERENCE: The honourable Minster of Labour, by letter dated 27 th January, 1978, in accordance with section 11 of the. Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, referred to the lndustrial Disputes Tribunal for settlement, a dispute between the company and the trade union.
The terms of reference to the tribunal were as follows–
“To determine and settle the dispute between Renown Manufacturing Limited on the one hand, and the unionised workers employed by the company and represented by the Trade Union Congress of Jamaica on the other hand, over the claim of the union for increased wages and improved 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. N. Richards — Chairman
Mr. N. Escoffery — Employers' Representative
Mr. E. Dixon — Workers' Representative
The company was represented by –
Mr. E. George, Q.C.
Mr. R. Darlington
The trade union was represented by
Mr. T. Waite
Submission and sittings
Written briefs were submitted by the parties and oral evidence given at five sittings held between 9th June and 13th July, 1978.
A number of meetings were held between representatives of the company and the union at the level of the Ministry of Labour where the parties failed to reach agreement on the union's claim outlined below:
Three (3) sets of uniforms per annum for each employee.
(a) Implementation of a non-contributory death and dismemberment scheme details to be worked out.
(b) Payment of wages to employees while off the job as a result of injury.
(c) Implementation of a comprehensive medical scheme at no cost to the workers.
3. Leave facilities
Sick, vacation and maternity leave on the following basis:
(a) Sick Leave
10 days per annum — accumulative for five (5) years.
(b) Vacation leave
1 — 4 years service — 2 weeks
5 — 9 years service — 3 weeks
10 years and over — — 4 weeks
Six (6) month leave inclusive of three (3) months pay and guaranteed reinstatement.
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