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Private Power Company workers threaten to intensify industrial action

Published:Monday | July 1, 2013 | 1:37 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Jamaica Private Power Company workers represented by the National Workers’ Union (NWU), are threatening to intensify their industrial action if there’s no speedy resolution to outstanding matters.




The placard-bearing workers are picketing at the entrance of the Windward road-based company.



NWU vice-president, Granville Valentine says industrial action was taken following the reported laying off of several workers last Thursday and the expiration on Friday of a 72-hour strike notice issued last week Monday.



Valentine also says the company is breaching employment regulations under a 17-year-old power-purchase agreement.



Under the agreement, the private power company is to provide 60 megawatts of power to the Jamaica Public Service Company.



He says the requirement that 40 local workers be employed as experts is not being honoured.



Valentine says the Ministry of Labour lacks the necessary authority to effectively intervene and is proposing that the matter be brought to the Industrial Dispute’s Tribunal.



A meeting between the parties at the Labour Ministry has been set for Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.



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