Jamaica Private Power Company General Manager, Chief Accountant resign
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor – Radio
There has been a significant development in the industrial dispute between the management of the Jamaica Private Power Company and the union representing local workers.
Our news centre understands that the company’s General Manager and Chief Accountant have resigned with immediate effective.
Vice-president of the National Workers Union Granville Valentine says the union received confirmation from the company about the resignations.
Efforts to confirm that report with the management of the company proved futile as our news centre was told that members of management are locked in a meeting.
Valentine is now meeting with the disgruntled employees to decide their next course of action.
He notes that the workers, who picketed the company’s Windward Road offices yesterday, are still protesting.
He says the union will be meeting with the President of the Jamaica Public Service later this afternoon to discuss breaches by the Private Power Company of sections of the 17-year-old power-purchase agreement.
The union is also scheduled to have a meeting at the Labour Ministry tomorrow with representatives from the Jamaica Private Power Company to discuss the handling of a redundancy exercise at the company as well as other matters.
The NWU vice-president wants the matter to be referred to the Industrial Dispute Tribunal as he believes the Labour Ministry lacks the necessary authority to effectively intervene.
Valentine says the Labour Ministry also has questions to answer on how persons who landed in Jamaica as tourists were granted work permits.
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