From British daily The Morning Star:
Strike forces bosses to give way on pay
Thursday 12 March 2009
VICTORIOUS: Collective Against Exploitation leader Elie Domota signing the deal
UNION leaders called off a month-long strike on Martinique after bosses finally agreed to deliver a pay boost for low-paid workers.
February 5 Collective president Michael Monrose, who had been co-ordinating the industrial action, reported that street blockades were being lifted and businesses and schools should reopen today.
The agreement, which was reached at around 2am on Wednesday after 12 hours of negotiations, calls for a 200 euro (£185.10) monthly pay increase for 47,000 low-paid workers.
Those who earn more will see a smaller increase and the agreement is applicable from March 1, meaning that workers’ wages will be backdated.
Bosses have already agreed to lower prices on roughly 400 basic necessities by 20 per cent one month after shops reopen.
The pact matches an agreement that ended a 44-day strike on the French island of Guadeloupe on March 4.
Negotiations over food prices and other demands are ongoing.
Collective leader Elie Domota described the deal as “a first step.
“In the coming months and weeks, there will be many other struggles on training and employment. We remain mobilised,” Mr Domota affirmed.
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