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Post date: 12/20/2011 - 10:22

Industrial Dispute at Grenada Breweries Ltd. and call for solidarity

Workers of the Grenada Breweries Ltd (a company owned by ANSA McAL) and their Union, the Grenada Technical & Allied Workers' Union are currently involved in a just struggle for better conditions of employment.

The Union is of the view that the company has for some time now degraded industrial relations. The Company has consciously refused to corporate with the Union in activities geared at promoting the welfare of the members; it has also founded reasons not to give time off to attend union activities and has done so consistently over the last 5 years. The latest example of the company's attitude towards the union is its refusal to allow a Health Clinic for its workers to take place at its location. This year's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) week focused on cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

Workers of the Grenada Breweries Ltd (a company owned by ANSA McAL) and their Union, the Grenada Technical & Allied Workers' Union are currently involved in a just struggle for better conditions of employment.

The Union is of the view that the company has for some time now degraded industrial relations. The Company has consciously refused to corporate with the Union in activities geared at promoting the welfare of the members; it has also founded reasons not to give time off to attend union activities and has done so consistently over the last 5 years. The latest example of the company's attitude towards the union is its refusal to allow a Health Clinic for its workers to take place at its location. This year's Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) week focused on cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

The Grenada Breweries is the only company which prevented its workers from benefitting from this programme. In fact, several companies which were not part of the schedule were calling the Union for inclusion in the programme. Many companies contributed financially and praised the union for this initiative.

This year's OHS week was able to discover 8 cases of pre-cancerous growth in women and over half a dozen cases of advanced cardiovascular disease. The company refused to allow the union to conduct a clinic amongst its employees nothing could be more insensitive and lacking in compassion. It is no wonder that workers are angered and are in no mood to suffer the slow agonising pace in which the company is attending to the negotiation.

Understanding the frustration of the workers, Grenada Technical & Allied Workers Union is formally calling upon its entire sister Unions in Grenada, regionally and internationally to issue statement of solidarity in support of their members in this struggle at the Grenada Breweries Ltd.

Please send your solidarity letters to [email protected], the general correspondence of the union.