CCCCI assumed control of the operations at the Mt. Hartman Quarry on 10 February 2020. Most of the existing workers were retained by way of short term signed contracts as daily paid workers issued on 11 February 2020.
Commencing 11 February 2020, the company embarked on an internal assessment of the facility including the restoration of old and broken-down machinery, determination of old and obsolete spare parts, stock taking, asset assessment and reconciliations and a deep cleaning and sanitisation of the workplace. No production was done during the period.
On Sunday 29 March 2020, the Government of Grenada informed the nation of the commencement of a Limited State of Emergency starting Monday, 30 March 2020. From that day the company was closed in accordance with the regulations issued by the Government of Grenada. All workers were paid their outstanding wages at that point.
On 18 May 2020, a limited number of staff were allowed to enter the compound to restart the preparations to resume production. They were joined by other staff on 25 May 2020. Production has not resumed at the location.
The company denies that the workers were issued with contracts to work until 6pm daily. Management has held several meetings with staff to discuss work and working conditions since 11 February 2020. Staff met with management individually to discuss and sign the short-term contracts issued at that time.
Against this background management is demanding a full retraction of the article published by The New Today. In addition, management demands an apology from The New Today circulated on the same media in which the article was published.
Management has informed the Police of the threat of violence reported by The New Today.