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This is an open letter to the Cemex-led management of TCL, Claxton Bay operations, to let them know it is not acceptable to break small commitments as long as you keep the big ones.
Six retired TCL Exempt Staff (Non-Unionised Staff) are collectively pursuing the matter of overdue salary considerations for two negotiating periods from 2009-2014.
Since December 2014 all other employees, retired and current staff, have been paid back pay for the same periods.
While it was heartening to read of TCL’s improved financial results (an indication of the company’s ability to deliver results to all its stakeholders) it is however very disheartening for retired TCL employees who continue to not be paid long outstanding back salaries and allowances.
For almost two years the retired Exempt Staff has been continually assured verbally that payments will be honoured in the subsequent month.
To date, as each month passes, we continue to be disappointed by the non-committal and dismissive attitude to any of our approaches. There has been no formal communication or acknowledgment by the company to emails, letters and phone calls sent by this “Exempt” group on the issue.
As Exempt Staff at TCL, we all worked closely to the then TCL management team, some of whom have been dismissed by the new Cemex team.
Exempt employees are trusted with highly-confidential information, more responsibilities and are sometimes required to work longer hours without overtime pay.
It must be noted that at each round of settled negotiations the custom and practice was a similar adjustment to our compensation packages so as to maintain the differentials.
We have served the company well in achieving outstanding performance over the years and as such we are merely requesting what is ours.
To the Cemex-led TCL management team: you have proudly boasted that you stand committed to integrity beyond compliance and everything you do rests on this foundation.
We implore you to behave consistently with your words and please honour your long-outstanding commitments to all your stakeholders in a timely manner.
TCL Exempt Staff