Friday, August 10, 2007

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Friday, August 10 2007

THE All Trinidad Sugar and General Workers Trade Union (ATSGWTU) yesterday announced that it had successfully completed collective agreements on behalf of daily-rated employees of the Visually Impaired/Blind Welfare Association of Trinidad and Tobago, National Agro Chemicals Limited and the Daily Rated Employees of the Sugarcane Feed Centre.

In the case of the Blind Welfare Association, workers will receive a 15 percent wage increase over the next three years, improvements in Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) of 85 cents per hour on a daily basis and other fringe benefits (meal allowance, sick leave etc). This agreement is for the period January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2006.

For the period June 1, 2005 to May 31, 2008, National Agro Chemicals workers will benefit from an 11 percent increase, COLA improvements of $2,400 and other fringe benefits. The collective agreement for workers at the Sugarcane Feed Centre, provides for the implementation of a new grading and classification structure, resulting from a job evaluation exercise undertaken between the Chief Personnel Officer and the ATSGWTU and a COLA of $4 per day for each day worked for the same period.