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Dahlia Harris dismissal case referred to GG, union objects

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:08 PM

The Jamaica Civil Service Association has objected to the decision of the Public Services Commission to refer the dismissal case of Dahlia Harris for the Governor General's local privy council.

According to Association president, O’Neil Grant, the decision is ill-advised as the GG’s privy council is for matters which have already been adjudicated.

He says the union insists that the matter should be heard at the services commission.


JCSA President O'Neil Grant

Grant is maintaining that Harris’ dismissal from her post as Principal Director of Culture in the youth and culture ministry in September 2014 was unjustified.

The union is claiming that Harris was called into a meeting by the ministry’s permanent secretary where she was told that she was being dismissed.

According to the union, Harris was not given a valid explanation about why she was being dismissed neither was she allowed a hearing to challenge the dismissal.

The union is claiming that this is a breach of her rights to due process and a fair hearing.