A protest by truck drivers at SOL EC Ltd is over.
The company’s General Manager, Lawrence Mc Naughton, made the disclosure earlier today.
According to Mc Naughton, SOL EC Ltd has a meeting today with the National Workers Union (NWU) which represents the workers.
“It was a good day for us,” he told the Times.
Mc Naughton disclosed that there was an agreement for the three year period that was being negotiated and negotiations had begun in advance for the next three years.
“I guess we will not be having any further negotiations for the next three and a half years,” the SOL EC Ltd boss declared.
The NWU in a statement on the resolution to the impasse said SOL officials flew in from Barbados and met with Tyrone Maynard, President General and Solace Myers, Deputy President General at a meeting which lasted about two hours.
According to the NWU , the parties agreed to a wage accord that provides for a 12.5% general wage increase over two trienniums; 7% for the first and 5.5% for the second.
The union stated that workers will receive a good back-pay payout along with minor adjustments to the fringe benefits in the collective agreement.
” Both the company and the NWU did all within their powers to have the operations return to a state of normalcy,” the union said, adding that President General, Tyrone Maynard addressed the workers after the negotiations were over.
The truck drivers at the company’s Cul de Sac and Vieux Fort locations began their protest on Friday, demanding that management settle outstanding wage negotiations.
The drivers deliver petroleum products to locations throughout the Island.
Mc Naughton explained that the company made use of temporary drivers and was able to make do with “some strain.”
He revealed that there would have been a few customers who were running low as a result of the protest.
“If that continued for much longer we would have had serious problems – there is no doubt that we need our workers,” the SOL official stated.