Posted October 14, 2019 07:06:33In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the sugar factory at Sugar Mills in Rosemont was a place where workers were treated like commodities.
But workers were also the people who made Rosemont what it is today.
In the early 2000s, a young worker was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in the area.
His death sparked an outcry, and it became a cause celebre for a community of Rosemonters who wanted to know why the workers had to be on site.
The company, which was owned by a large sugar plantation, was given a $1.2 billion rehabilitation deal.
But the deal was not long-term and, with no money left, the workers lost their jobs.
Today, Rosemont residents have a new hope in the form of a new sugar mill that’s set to open in 2017.
But the Rosemont workers say they won’t be left behind.
I think it’s a very sad day that we’re not going to have a place to work,” said Nicole McLeod.
Nicole McLeod was a 25-year-old factory worker when she was killed by the tractor-tractor.
She said the company gave her a new job and it wasn’t long-lasting.”
They promised me a new life.
And I was told, you know, this is your new life, but you’ll be on the road for a couple of years and that’s what they’re saying now,” she said.
Ms McLeod says she was devastated when she heard her job was not going ahead.
But she said it was important for her to go to work and she has made the decision to keep fighting.”
I don’t know how many more years of this I have to go through.
I feel like this is my last chance, and I want to do what I can to help my family and my community and help the community and I don’t want to stop,” she told 7.30.
She has started an online petition asking for a new mill and has been working with community leaders to get them on board.
The Rosemont Workers Union is asking for help to get the mill started.
They say the workers have been laid off and are not getting paid for the work they do.”
We need to be able to pay people to work.
It’s not like they’ve been laying off anybody else,” union president Chris McLeod said.”
It’s just that we don’t have a proper workplace that’s safe for them.
We don’t even have a workplace that we can actually hire people into.
“The Rosefield Workers Union has set up a website to raise funds for the workers and they have been flooded with donations.
But it’s hard to know how much money will help them pay for the mill.”
If they don’t raise $5,000, it’s probably a small amount,” union member Ben McLeod explained.”
And then we’re still trying to raise money to pay for our food.
And we still have a big budget left, so we have to make sure we’re going to be reimbursed for that.
“If the mill can be built, it would make a huge difference to Rosemont.”
That would be a huge win for Rosemont,” union official Chris McGlaughlin said.