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CASE workers issue strike notice

Published:Monday | October 28, 2013 | 8:46 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Administrative and ancillary workers at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, CASE have served notice that they will be going on strike over the appointment of an acting vice-president.

The workers have been calling for the revocation of the October 1 appointment of Marlon Palmer on the grounds that due process was not followed.

The matter seemed destined for a resolution, following a protest earlier this month, and news that a September 26 letter announcing the appointment would have been withdrawn by board chairman Ambassador Derrick Heaven.

However, the National Workers’ Union (NWU), which represents the upset workers, is claiming that the chairman has breached their trust by not following through with an alleged agreement.

NWU vice-president, Howard Duncan, says the union has since written to Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites.

And he says deputy financial secretary Wayne Jones has been asked to examine whether the actions of the CASE breached the wage freeze agreement signed in March.

CASE has insisted that Palmer was asked by the board to act in the position until a permanent replacement is identified.

Before his appointment, Palmer was Director of Human Resources at CASE.


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