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Education/finance ministries rule CASE vice-president appointment legitimate

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2013 | 12:02 PM

The ministries of education and finance and planning have ruled that there was nothing untoward in the appointment of Marlon Palmer as acting vice-president of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).

A row developed last month after administrative and ancillary workers called for the revocation of the October 1 appointment of Palmer on the grounds that due process was not followed.

The union representing the workers, the National Workers’ Union (NWU) had asked the deputy financial secretary, Wayne Jones, to examine whether the actions of CASE breached the wage freeze agreement signed in March.

NWU Vice-president Howard Duncan told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that he has received formal communication indicating that there was no breach of due process and Palmer can remain in the position.

He also said the finance ministry informed that after the seven-month acting period, the post will have to be advertised in order to seek a permanent replacement.

The NWU had argued that Palmer was given the seven-month acting period in order to become eligible for permanent appointment.

Meanwhile, chairman of the CASE board, Ambassador Derrick Heaven said with the rulings from both ministries, it is hoped that the matter will now be put to rest.

He maintained that there was no issue to begin with.

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


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