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Protesting JPS Employees Ordered Back To Work

October 10th, 2018 | Tags:
Protesting JPS Employees Ordered Back To Work. Photo: Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaica Gleaner

There will be no further power outages as a result of industrial action taken by some employees of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), who were protesting over a proposed implementation of a performance-based incentive programme by the company, as they have been ordered back to work by the Ministry of Labour.

This according to JPS Corporate Communications and Public Relations Director Winsome Callum.

“We are not expecting any further power outages as a result of the industrial action taken by some workers as the Ministry of Labour has ordered resumption,” Callum told The Gleaner.

She said that the next shift of workers will recommence regular operations.

More than 200 employees who work in critical areas of the company’s operations, including at power plants, had called in sick since Sunday night in protest over the proposed programme as well as the company's decision to withdraw an electricity discount discretionary benefit to JPS pensioners.

Discussions on the incentive programme started in 2015, but the company’s proposal has not been accepted by the workers' unions.

On the matter of the electricity discount to pensioners, the unions were advised more than five years ago of the impending withdrawal but they have also rejected the decision.

 

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