CASE, National Workers’ Union row heats up
The College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) is refuting claims by administrative and ancillary workers that it breached an agreement to settle the row over the appointment of an acting vice-president.
The workers have been calling for the revocation of the October 1 appointment of Marlon Palmer on the grounds that due process was not followed.
On Sunday the National Workers’ Union (NWU), which represents the upset workers, said the chairman Ambassador Derrick Heaven breached their trust by not following through with an alleged agreement.
According to the union executive, the chairman had committed to withdrawing a September 26 letter announcing Palmer's appointment.
However, Ambassador Heaven is denying the claim and is accusing the NWU of deliberate misrepresentation.
The CASE chairman reiterated that there was no procedural breach in the appointment of the acting vice-president.
Palmer is to act as vice-president for seven months and the union argues that the long period paves the way for the former human resources director to become a permanent appointment.
The union has also taken issue with the decision to advertise the post externally, rejecting a claim by the CASE administration that internal applicants did not satisfy the criteria.
The NWU vice-president, Howard Duncan, says a strike notice issued last Thursday has been extended.
Duncan says they are still awaiting word from deputy financial secretary Wayne Jones who has been asked to examine whether the actions of the CASE breached the wage freeze agreement signed in March.
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