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Union monitoring suspension of JPS workers

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 8:53 PM
The JPS islandwide power blackout on Saturday was the second to occur in four months.

The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) says it will be closely monitoring the issue involving the suspension of two employees implicated in last Saturday’s all island power outage.

In a release yesterday, the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) said the employees are to remain off the job until investigations are concluded.

However, speaking with The Gleaner Power/106 News Centre this morning, UCASE General-Secretary John Levy said the language used by the JPS is inappropriate and misleading.

He says given that investigations into the cause of the blackout are still ongoing, the term ‘suspension’ is prejudicial to the employees.

 

UCASE General-Secretary John Levy

Levy says employees are removed from duty for several reasons including psychological challenges that may arise based on severity of the situation.

 

UCASE General-Secretary John Levy

Yesterday, the JPS met with the OUR to discuss a preliminary report on the cause of the power outage, which lasted for several hours on one of the busiest shopping days.