Petcom calls out union for claim it suspended worker who refused to work on sabbath

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petcom.jpgPetcom has chided the National Workers Union (NWU) following its claim on Monday that employees at the company's Spanish Town Road headquarters are restive after one of their colleagues, who is a Seventh-Day Adventist, was suspended because of his refusal to work on Saturdays.

The union said it was flabbergasted and horrified that the staff member, who has been with the company for 26 years, has been suspended without pay since December 2017.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Petcom described the NWU's assertions as premature and ill-advised and said it appeared to be aimed at creating rancour and sully the company in the public sphere.

Petcom said it is still committed to pursuing negotiations with the NWU to resolve all labour related issues.

In its statement on Monday, the NWU said a notice for the withdrawal of labour was issued to Petcom last month.

It said the notice cited issues relating to unwarranted suspensions, redundancies, unjustifiable dismissals, undignified treatment of staff and the company's reluctance to improve wage and fringe benefits.

However, Petcom said it will not be pressured to meet any unjustified or unfair demands with the threat of industrial action.