Dominican Rep.: Solid Waste Management Co. workers protest for better labour conditions & wages

Author: Anna-Lisa Paul, Guardian (Trinidad & Tobago), Published on: 19 July 2016

“Dump workers protest again”, 12 Jul 2016

Even as workers from the Beetham landfill downed tools yesterday morning to protest the non-payment of arrears, Public Utilities Minister Ancil Antoine assured he was working to rectify the matter urgently…Standing firm with the workers, president of the IGSWU, Robert Benacia, said they were tired of Government's "lies and deceptions.”…He added: "The workers have decided they will continue the protest until Government sends word through the company (Solid Waste Management Company Limited) that they are ready to improve the working conditions and pay outstanding arrears."…Estimating that the 250 current and former employees were owed approximately $9 million…Indicating that the demand for improved conditions was due more in part to the lack of funding from Government and not a reluctance by SWMCOL to effect changes, Benacia said the workers could no longer operate with malfunctioning toilets, the lack of a pipe-borne water supply and a building that was falling apart but also infested with mosquitoes and pigeons…

 

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Related companies: Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL)