WAWU wins a tribunal for two Josephine Gabriel and Company Ltd employees

President of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU), Mr Kertist Augustus says there are many lessons that can be learnt from a recent victory by the union for two of its members.

 

In March of 2008, the services of the two employees, Robert Abraham; a salesman and Albert Titre; a driver were terminated by their employer; Josephine Gabriel & Company Ltd.

 

Mr Augustus said after the matter could not be resolved between the employers and the union, a tribunal was set up after which they confirmed in a 20-page report that they agreed with the submission submitted by the union.

 

The tribunal found that the termination was unlawful, wrongful and unfair, and the company is now expected to compensate the employees by the end of April 2011.

 

Abraham was awarded a total of $16,000.00 in addition to the payment of $7,340.32 that was made to him by the company. In the case of Titre he was awarded a sum of $4,200.00. Both payments are to be made by April 30th, 2011.

 

Mr Augustus says it is rather unfortunate that a third party had to get involved.

 

He believes that the main lesson to be learnt from this case is that the lack of partnership among all concerned could be detrimental to one party in the future.

 

Meanwhile, in the matter involving the closure of Liat’s city offices, he says that WAWU have not received any new updates from the company’s management team.

 

In the meantime, the city offices are continuing normal operations.

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