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Jamaica Private Power Company responds to union

Published:Friday | June 21, 2013 | 10:07 AM

The management of Jamaica Private Power Company is dismissing claims by the union representing its employees that the company is seeking to lay off staff to hire overseas contractors and trainees.



On Wednesday, the National Worker’s Union (NWU) said there could be disruptions in the operations of the power company if it continues with plans to lay off at least 15 workers.



NWU vice-president Granville Valentine had claimed the company had not carried out due process in relation to the exercise.



He also contended that Jamaica Private Power Company was simply seeking to lay off workers to hire trainees and overseas contractors.



However, in a release last night the company denied that suggestion and outlined a process of consultation which it said began in January this year.



It says it invited recommendations for cost-saving alternatives to the redundancy exercise.



However, the Jamaica Private Power Company’s management says it received no feasible alternatives from the Union and could no longer delay the planned restructuring and reorganisation of its operations.



The company is planning to issue redundancy letter next Friday.



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