Construction workers wildcat and go-slow in Jamaica

More than 50 workers at a construction site in Lewisville, New Market in St. Elizabeth on Monday joined the scores of Jamaican workers demanding increased wages.

Submitted by Ed on June 12, 2008

The workers who are extending a section of the Lewisville High School said they are on go-slow and will continue their protest until their employer meets with them. They are employed by a privately owned construction company based in Kingston.

The workers are also upset that they are being made to work without health insurance.

"We're getting no end of project bonus, (we have) no proper facility to change our clothes, no water to drink and (we're not) getting insurance for (on the job accidents)," said a construction worker at the Lewisville site in St. Elizabeth.

The workers said they are also without union representation.