Union Meets US Embassy Over WINDALCO

The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) has met with officials of the United States Embassy in Jamaica over sanctions faced by Russian mining company UC Rusal that operates WINDALCO in Jamaica.

The Jamaican based West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) with more than 1,100 workers at the plant in Ewarton, has been facing hardships even though sanctions by the US Government, against UC Rusal and several other Russian owned companies are not scheduled to take effect until October. UCASE President Vincent Morrison sought the meeting with the US officials to make them aware of the concerns about what the sanctions could mean for the workers of WINDALCO and their families and also for the Jamaican economy.

He said in interviews that the meeting Monday was productive and that the US representatives understood the position of UCASE that there “should be some easement if not outright waiver” of the sanctions for the country.

He said the union was promised a follow-up meeting and was looking forward to it.

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