Labour Min­istry to probe work­ing con­di­tions of strik­ing CHEC work­ers

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL & WORLD NEWS -

(Ja­maica Gleaner) A team from the Min­istry of Labour and So­cial Se­cu­rity is to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints by Ja­maican work­ers em­ployed with China Har­bour En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany (CHEC) Lim­ited about poor work­ing con­di­tions.

The dis­clo­sure was made in a state­ment re­leased by the min­istry yes­ter­day.

The work­ers, who are as­signed to two ma­jor road im­prove­ment projects in the Cor­po­rate Area, walked off the job ear­lier this week to press their de­mand for bet­ter wages and im­proved work­ing con­di­tions.

The Labour Min­istry says it has been “mon­i­tor­ing me­dia re­ports” about the in­dus­trial ac­tion.

In ad­di­tion, it said, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Min­istry were a part of a meet­ing held with the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Creation, the Na­tional Works Agency and the man­age­ment of CHEC to dis­cuss the re­ports.

“The Min­istry (of Labour) will also be dis­patch­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from its Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety and Health Depart­ment to fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions made in re­spect to work­ing con­di­tions,” the state­ment said.

Nishal Sankat

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