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UCAL workers back on the job


UCAL workers back on the job

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The impasse between the Transport Board and the United Commercial Autoworks Limited (UCAL) is over.

Disgruntled UCAL workers who had stayed off the job for three days returned to work yesterday after their deputy chairman, attorney at law Hilford Murrell advised them to call off the strike action.

The workers were reportedly reminded about the September 26 undertaking by Minister of Transport Michael Lashley that the Transport Board would pay UCAL’s salaries and operating expenses until March 31 next year.

Workers also agreed to withdraw a petition calling for the removal of Sir Roy Trotman as UCAL chairman.

“I reminded them [workers] that Sir Roy has been a director of UCAL from its inception in 1997 and continues to give invaluable guidance and direction to the company,” Murrell said yesterday.

“I also emphasised to them that they are workers and shareholders in probably the only worker/owner public company in the Caribbean,” he added.

UCAL has also been asking for more than $20 million owed by the Transport Board for work done on its buses. (TS)