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Union warns JPS not to prejudice outcome of power blackout probe

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 8:14 AM
A senior technician who is among the employees under investigation, attended a meeting with JPS officials yesterday

The union representing technical employees at the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) wants officials there to ensure that there are no public comments that could prejudice the outcome of the investigation into Saturday's islandwide blackout.

The call by the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) comes in response to claims yesterday by JPS president and chief executive officer Kelly Tomblin  that the powercut could have been caused by human error.
IN PHOTO: Kelly Tomblin

UCASE confirmed that a senior technician  who is among the employees under investigation, attended a meeting with JPS officials yesterday to explain what triggered the power-loss which lasted more than five hours in some areas.

Acting General Secretary of UCASE John Levy has reserved comment on the cause of the blackout, but says UCASE expects the probe to continue.

According to Levy, that there is a well-established process to handle investigations and the union will be watching carefully to ensure that due it is followed.

He says the union expects that at the end of the investigation, the findings will be carefully analysed before a decision is made on whether any employee should face disciplinary action.

- Livern Barrett