Timeline set for end to Grenada Brewery dispute
Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has invited the brewery chairman and the president of Technical and Allied Workers Union to meet on Thursday to thrash out outstanding issues.
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Wednesday January 11, 2012 – The Tillman Thomas-led administration is pushing to have the protracted dispute at the Grenada Breweries Ltd (GBL) resolved by this Friday.
Brewery Chairman Andrew Sabga and Senator Chester Humphrey, President of Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) - the bargaining agent for the affected workers - have been invited to meet on Thursday at the office of the Prime Minister to thrash out outstanding issues.
Authorities are hoping a deal would be reached at the meeting that would pave the way for 120 employees to resume duties.
The workers were barred from returning since late December after they ended more than a week of strike action for increased pay.
On Saturday, the prime minister held an emergency meeting with national stakeholders including business and religious leaders to discuss ways of ending the impasse that threatens to develop into a national strike.
Senator Humphrey has warned that the country is days away from a national strike.
TAWU represents workers at the utility companies and the air and sea ports.It has received additional backing from the Trades Union Council, Humphrey said.
Late last month, he called for a boycott of the products produced at the brewery, which is majority controlled by the Trinidad-based Ansal Macal Group.
The call was issued more than a week after the trade unionist was arrested and charged for refusing to obey a police order when he and workers blocked the company entrance to prevent delivery trucks from leaving the compound.