The sugar industry employees can finally sigh in relief, having found common grounds with the MSPA.
Today morning, 28th of November, the sugar industry employees and the union members have finally come to an agreement relating to the pay rise requested by the former. Since the 19th of November, the workers had gone on strike. However, with the help of their lawyer, Rex Stephen, together with the collaboration of union members of the Joint Negotiating Panel (JNP), they seem to have found the light at the end of the tunnel. The 13% pay rise will be allocated to them over a period of three years instead of four.
The proposals were suggested by the minister Shakeel Mohamed. The latter expressed his joy at the final settlement of the disputes. He has also acknowledged the courage of the employees.
Before coming to the final decision, both parties had gone through a series of propositions, all made via the minister of employment himself. Nothing would work. Until ultimately, the two opposing groups came to common grounds.
The president of the MSPA, Gilbert Espitalier-Noel, also pointed out that the employees will not be paid for the days that they went on strike. Furthermore, their end-of-year bonus will also be affected. He explained that it would be unfair to disregard this since many other employees presented themselves to work during those days.