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Several JPS meter readers report sick after learning jobs to be outsourced

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 10:29 AM

Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer

Several meter readers employed to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited have called in sick after learning that the meter reading responsibilities were being outsourced to a third party.

Meetings were to take place in Montego Bay and St Catherine to discuss the new development, which will affect approximately 200 meter readers, a reliable source at the power distribution firm has revealed.  

“They are not happy, so some have called in sick as it appears that they have picked up a virus of some sort, “ the source told The Gleaner earlier. “The company had arranged meetings, but only a few were well enough to turn up.

“The number might be about 200 workers, some of them are being redeployed in other areas of our operation across the company, while some will have reemployment opportunity with the third party agency.”

The company says it will respond to all media queries when sufficient information is gathered.