Burma quarry ‘go slow’ ends

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The industrial action at the Burma Quarry has ended with workers fully satisfied over their Acting Supervisor Bhagratt “Bhaggy” Kalidass’ reinstatement.
Communications Specialist in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Shawn Thomas, confirmed that the workers resumed normal operations on Friday following a meeting with Information Minister Melford Nicholas and Health Minister Molwyn Joseph.
The duo who was representing the interests of the Public Works Department wanted to resolve the issue quickly to ensure that the quarry, which supplies materials for the road rehabilitation programme and Sir Novelle Richards Academy, had no further delays.
Shop steward Michal Peters told OBSERVER media that the workmen and Kalidass only reported to work after a complete reversal of Public Works Director Dr. Lucene Hanley’s directive to have the Acting Supervisor relocated to Bendals Quarry.
The “go slow” started on Wednesday after an exchange between Hanley and Kalidass caused a disturbance at the quarry among staff who refused to accept Hanley’s announcement.
The Antigua Trades and Labour Union (AT&LU) Industrial Relations Officer Ralph Potter said the union would stand with the workers since the way that upper management handled the transfer was hasty.
Peters said the workmen have raised other concerns about insufficient safety wear and owed wages, but for now, they are just happy with this small victory for their boss.

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