NWC Workers Strike For Better Compensation

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 4:03 PM

On Monday an estimated amount of 2000 employees from the National Water Commission (NWC) decided to launch a strike on Monday, due to them not getting any word from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service on their demand for reclassification which was first brought up in the year 2008.

The move by the (NWC) workers was done out of necessity since they were promised in 2008 to get a raise in compensation however, the Ministry of Finance has not since then delivered and as such considering that a restructuring exercise was carried out in 2019 which saw the Ministry being sent a request to hire a consultant to aid with the reclassification.


Based on a statement from Helen Davis Whyte, the President of Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers (JALGO) who represents the (NWC) as a Trade Union and who spoke to the Observer Online about the matter, there is a current compensation review being carried out by the Ministry, the workers at the National Water Commission has discovered that they will not benefit from the move hence the necessity of the strike.

In moving toward a solution The Ministry of Labour has volunteered to keep an emergency meeting on the matter but according to Whyte, there might be a disruption in the water supply of customers.


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