The Jamaica Railway Corporation v Bustamante Industrial Trade Union

 
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Industrial Disputes Tribunal

Martin, C.; Holness, R.; White, R.

IDT 33 of 1976

The Jamaica Railway Corporation
and
Bustamante Industrial Trade Union

Labour Law - Industrial Disputes — Wage Increases

Labour Law - Industrial Disputes — Improved Fringe Benefits

REFERENCE:
1

By letter dated 11 th June, 1976, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, in accordance with section 11 of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, referred to the Tribunal for settlement, an industrial dispute between the Jamaica Railway Corporation (Salaried Staff), the National Workers Union and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.

2

The Terms of Reference to the Tribunal were as follows:–

“To determine and settle the dispute between the Jamaica Railway Corporation on the one hand and the salaried staff employed by the Corporation and jointly represented by the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the National Workers Union on the other hand over the claims of the Unions for increased wages and improved fringe benefits on behalf o the said workers.”

3

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

Dr. John Martin

Chairman

Mr. Noel Holness

Employers' Representative

Mr. Dorrel White

Workers' Representative

4

The Employer was represented by –

Mr. R. Baugh (Legal)

Mr. A. Tapper

Mr. L. Ireland

Mr. E. Philp

Mr. N. Brown

Mr. A.G. Irons

Mr. D. Edmunds

Mr. G. Mitchell

Mr. B. Shirley

5

The Bustamante Industrial Trade Union was represented by –

Mr. v. Carpenter

Mr. G. Freeman

6

The National Workers Union was represented by –

Mr. Bancroft Edwards

Mr. Lloyd Dawkins

7

Several Worker/Delegates were in attendance

SUBMISSIONS AND SITTINGS
8

Written briefs were submitted by the parties and oral submissions made at the three sittings held on the 23 rd, 30 th and 31 st August, 1976.

THE UNIONS
9

The unions submitted that the Railway Worker is making a most vital contribution to the economy of the country but was not reaping enough benefits. The Unions argument was based on the hardship the workers were experiencing owing to an increasing cost of living.

10

Comparison was made with other institutions and industries in an effort to prove that the railway worker despite exhibiting a greater degree of skill and responsibility was receiving less pay than the workers in such industries.

THE JAMAICA RAILWAY CORPORATION
11

The Jamaica Railway Corporation submitted that it was unable to pay the type...

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