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PICA, unions representing immigration officers to discuss outstanding allowances

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 11:02 AM

The management of the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA) and unions representing immigration officers at Sangster International Airport in St James are to meet today to try to settle an issue of outstanding allowances which has left workers restive.

President of the National Workers Union (NWU), Granville Valentine, says the meeting is scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Valentine says the meeting was called following the intervention of the Ministries of National Security and Finance and the Public Service.

He says the meeting will be aimed at looking at an implementation timeline for the payment of the allowance.

The NWU president says workers are looking forward to an amicable outcome, emphasising that they maintain that the money should be paid.

 

NWU President, Granville Valentine

Last week, the NWU had reported that immigration officers at Sangster International became restive after PICA reportedly indicated that it could not say when the allowance will be paid.

The union president had explained that last month the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) ruled that immigration officers at the Montego Bay-based airport should be paid the same rate of special allowance as their counterparts at the Kingston-based Norman Manley International Airport.

According to Valentine, immigration officers at Sangster are paid $6,005 while those at Norman Manley are paid $30,000.

Additionally, he said the IDT ruled that the immigration officers should also receive a retroactive payment dated from February 2012.