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Third party to decide fate of JPS employees involved in islandwide blackout

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:47 PM
President and Chief Executive Officer at JPS, Kelly Tomblin, says a third party has been engaged to ensure the workers are treated fairly in the disciplinary process.

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) says it has invited a third party to recommend appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against the two employees linked to the islandwide blackout on August 27.

The workers were suspended immediately following an investigation into the power outage and it has been reported that they have been charged with willful negligence.

However, The Union of  Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), which represents them, has taken issue with the charge and has made a complaint in writing to JPS.

President and Chief Executive Officer at JPS, Kelly Tomblin, says a third party has been engaged to ensure the workers are treated fairly in the disciplinary process.

 

JPS CEO Kelly Tomblin

Tomblin says the workers will remain on suspension until a hearing is held on the matter.

Yesterday, the JPS confirmed that it has submitted to the Office Of Utilities Regulation a report with additional information on the islandwide power outage that happened in August.

An original report confirmed that a procedural error caused a total system blackout on JPS' transmission system.