WSC union submits proposed industrial agreement
The Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) are requesting an increase in meal allowance, Christmas bonus and salary emoluments in its newly proposed industrial agreement, according to BUSAWU President Dwayne Woods.
“The president, officers and members of the Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union take this opportunity to present the executive management of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) with its new industrial agreement proposal,” said Woods, during a press conference outside the corporation.
“To ensure that the negotiation process runs swiftly and smoothly, we only made a few cosmetic changes to the existing industrial agreement.”
The changes include reducing the life of the industrial agreement from five years to three; a stay well bonus to increase attendance; an update of the minor breaches category of discipline; additional definitions to bring clarity to cases; a reduction of salary groupings; and increases to meal allowances, Christmas bonus and salary emoluments.
“We look forward to negotiating in peace and harmony and we hope that industrial goodwill will prevail between both unions, as we both have an expired industrial agreement and looking forward to a current one,” Woods said.
The BUSAWU industrial agreement expired in June 2018.
Asked whether he is confident that the union will be able to go through the process without any hiccups, given the union’s current relationship with WSC’s management, Woods said, “To make it simple, I have already written the corporation and informed them that I will return to work on the 3rd of June, so as not to have any bone of contention before we start this agreement.”
As for a new industrial agreement for the Water and Sewerage Management Union (WSMU), the union’s interim president Ednel Rolle said yesterday that there has been no negotiations to date with the corporation.
According to Rolle, the union’s 2013 industrial agreement expired in June 2018.
However, that agreement was never signed because of a clause that gives the union the first right of refusal of outsourced work.