Chronicle to begin wage talks today with CCWU
Industrial action averted

Stabroek News
December 13, 2002

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Planned industrial action at the state-owned Guyana National Newspapers Ltd (GNNL), publishers of the Daily and Sunday Chronicle, was averted when management responded to a union ultimatum yesterday.

The Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU), which represents employees at the entity, had given the newspaperís management up to today to engage them in negotiations on wages for 2002 or risk industrial action.

A letter announcing managementís readiness to commence negotiations on 2002 salary increases today was received by the CCWU yesterday morning.

This was confirmed by the unionís General Secretary Grantley Culbard when contacted yesterday.

According to Culbard, the sides are expected to meet today at 10 am to commence negotiation on a wage package for the companyís employees for 2002.

The union, he said, was prepared to take action if GNNLís management had not been responsive to their demands.

The CCWU said it was forced to issue an ultimatum to GNNL management after it had failed on several occasions to acknowledge requests by the union to engage in wage negotiations.

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