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Clarendon communities could be out of power until tomorrow

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 5:13 PM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that some customers in Clarendon could be out of power until tomorrow.

According to the JPS, this is because of a severe fault on the network. 

Affected areas include:

Rocky Point
Lionel Town
Lionel Town Housing Scheme
Portland Cottage
Mitchell Town
Alley
Water Lane
Race Course
Long Wood
Ashley Housing Scheme
Gimme-me-bit
Banks
Clifton
Preddie
Milk River
Gravel Hill​
Rowington

The National Irrigation Commission and National Water Commission pumps in the areas are also affected.

In the meantime, the JPS says it notes with concern, the statements made by the leadership of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) about a breakdown in negotiations. 

The union has served a 72-hour strike notice on the JPS.

The company said it last met with union officials on April 10.

According to the JPS, during the meeting, a number of proposals were made and May 2 scheduled for further talks to continue the dialogue. 

The light and power company said it is therefore surprised to hear that it has not delivered expected counter proposals to the union.

The company says it is now awaiting feedback on the various elements of the proposal and looks forward to meeting with UCASE on May 2. 

The parties are to meet at the Labour Ministry on Monday April 29.

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