JUTC warned to brace for lawsuits
One trade unionist is warning the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) to expect several lawsuits in relation to its treatment of contract workers.
President of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees, Vincent Morrison, says the company has been abruptly terminating the contracts of workers, without any justification.
He says the union has been seeking a meeting with transport minister, Mike Henry, for several months to discuss the matter, but has been unsuccessful.
Morrison says the union will not stand by and allow workers to be placed at a disadvantage.
Meanwhile, Morrison says the use of contracts to engage workers is wasting tax dollars.
He says this is because of the gratuities and severance payments which come into play when fixed-term contracts are used.
The comments by the trade unionist follow last week’s announcement by the JUTC that two of its senior managers had resigned following an audit into the charter service at the state-run bus company.
It also said the expired contracts of three other senior managers had not been renewed.
The Union has rejected the company’s claim that the managers resigned and it says it will also be challenging the manner in which the others were let go.