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D-Day for 300 LIME workers

Published:Monday | May 20, 2013 | 8:33 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Telecommunications company, LIME Jamaica is to begin a transition process today that will see the posts of 305 workers being made redundant.




In March, LIME announced that it had struck a seven-year deal with Ericsson, under which it will outsource its external installation and maintenance services to the global firm.



However, LIME has maintained that the workers will have the opportunity to reapply to Ericsson.



LIME's Corporate Communications Manager, Elon Parkinson said all the preparatory work have been completed.



Under the outsourcing agreement, Ericsson will manage, install and repair LIME's fixed, mobile, Internet and data networks.



The unions that represent the technical employees have accused LIME of breaching a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding that stipulated no staff cuts.



According to Garfield Harvey, vice-president of the University and Allied Workers Union, LIME's actions are disrespectful to the government, workers and the unions.



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