May 8, 2019

Workers of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) have resumed work without a wage settlement after taking industrial action.

The resumption of work follows an order by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that the workers should resume duties.

John Levy, General Secretary of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) which represents the workers, says the benefits must be settled within two weeks or the union will resort to alternative actions.

He asserted that all patience has been exhausted with the power company as 6 months have already gone out of a 24 month contract.

“I’m going to advise the public that normality will not happen if the situation is not  addressed in a timely manner” Levy said..

Winsom Callum, Director of Corporate Communications at JPS, says the disruptions in power were not due to the industrial actions but it did hamper restoration efforts.

Levy added that the power company has not reached out to the union and it is still awaiting a response from the IDT.