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UCASE surprised by IDT move to bar Petrojam workers from protesting

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2016 | 4:16 PM

The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) has expressed surprise at the move by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) to bar Petrojam employees from strike action.

The order was issued yesterday following Friday's emergency meeting with the union, Petrojam's management and representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security after employees issued a 72-hour notice of strike action. 

However, speaking with The Gleaner Power-106 News Centre this afternoon, UCASE General-Secretary John Levy, said following Friday's emergency meeting, it was agreed that the union would contact the ministry after consultation with its members to have the strike notice withdrawn. He says further discussion were to follow with the ministry on Monday. 

He says the notice was in fact withdrawn on Saturday following consultation with members.

But Levy says the ministry is yet to contact UCASE about the time for tomorrow's meeting.

More than 100 technicians are upset with the management of Petrojam over working conditions and salaries.

Levy has declined to divulge the level of increase being negotiated, but says a moderate wage increase is being sought in comparison to the high rate of price increases for the past seven years.