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Jamaica Private Power Company workers restive

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2013 | 9:03 AM

The National Workers’ Union (NWU) is warning that there could be disruptions in the operations of the Jamaica Private Power Company if it continues with plans to lay off at least 15 workers.



The union says it was informed of the planned redundancy exercise by the company’s management yesterday.



NWU vice-president Granville Valentine says he’s been told workers will receive redundancy letters next week Friday.



However, according to Valentine, the company has not carried out due process in relation to the exercise.



He also contends that the company is simply seeking to lay off workers to hire trainees and overseas contractors.



Valentine says the union will issue a 72-hour strike notice to the company if the redundancy exercise is not reconsidered by next week Wednesday.



He is calling for the labour ministry’s intervention in the matter.



In April, the company had also announced it would lay off some workers but relented to have talks with the NWU.



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