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UPDATE: JPS restores power to some Corporate Area communities

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 11:08 AM
A policeman directing traffic to help to alleviate congestion in New Kingston as a result of a power outage affecting stoplights across the Corporate Area on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Gladstone Taylor photo

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that power has been restored to sections of the Corporate Area that were affected by outages.

These include:

* Downtown Kingston.

* Some areas along Old Hope Road.

* Sections of New Kingston.

* West Kings House area & Washington Boulevard.

* New Port West, sections of Denham Town and Oxford Road.

JPS says it is making every effort to restore power supply to customers in sections of Kingston, St Andrew and St Thomas who are currently affected by power outages.

It is asking customers for their patience and understanding as the company says efforts to restore supply are being impacted by the fact that a number of employees have not reported for their regular shifts.

The light and power company says this follows a breakdown in talks at the Ministry of Labour yesterday between the Company and representatives of the Union of Clerical Administrative & Supervisory Employees (UCASE). 

Discussions between JPS and UCASE will continue at the Industrial Dispute Tribunal (IDT) today.  

The company says it expects that this meeting will lead to the resumption of normalcy in the quickest possible time, adding that the JPS management is committed to an early resolution of the negotiations with the union.

The JPS says there is no connection between the power outage and the current industrial unrest.

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