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JPS activates contingency plans due to industrial action, customers facing outages

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 9:26 AM
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The Jamaica Public Service Limited (JPS) says it has activated its contingency plans in order to minimise disruption in service to customers in the event of any escalation in industrial action by employees.

JPS says a number of employees have not reported for their regular shifts.

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

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

The light and power company says discussions between JPS and CASE will continue at the Industrial Dispute Tribunal (IDT) at a meeting scheduled for this morning at 9:30 a.m.

JPS says it is optimistic that the meeting will lead to the restoration of normalcy in the quickest possible time.

Meanwhile, the 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 outages.

It says it is investigating the cause of the outages.

It has not disclosed the extent of the outage.

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