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NACCIE calls for a proper investigation into the daily management of GPL – 16th May 2013

gpl2General Secretary of NACCIE Kenneth Joseph is calling for a proper investigation, better management and the restoration of the monies cut from the subsides to the utility company GPL in the 2013 Budget.

Joseph was speaking at the handing over of the Arbitration Tribunal report today at the Ministry of Labour’s boardroom on Brickdam.

The Arbitration Panel awarded a 6% across the board for 2012 all-inclusive and for grade 2-8 5.5% all-inclusive. Joseph said he was satisfied with the outcome, since in his view, when the workers took strike action, it was to have GPL honour the collective agreement.

Aeshwar Deonarine, Deputy CEO of GPL, said, it was unfortunate that the two parties had to reach to arbitration. He said the utility company respects the arbitration objective and impartial position and stands committed to honouring the agreement.

He said fuel cost continues to pose serious challenges to the company.

Minister of Labour Dr. Nanda Goupaul said he is hoping that both parties will take heed to the report, which is binding.

For years GPL and the Union have been at odds over the honouring of the Collective Agreement.

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