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Published:Sunday | February 16, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Five senior managers who were dismissed by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) two years ago are this evening expressing surprise at the Ministry of Labour's decision to dismiss the case.

The former senior managers: Veronica Bailey-Coke, Rupert Johnson, Neville Black, Mark Rodney and David Bloomfield, say four of them had served less than one year of the three year contracts they had signed with the NSWMA at the time of their dismissal in January 2012.

In a release this afternoon, the former senior managers claimed that the solid waste agency is yet to appear at the mediation called by the Ministry of Labour when the Minister of Local Government failed to enter into negotiations with them.

Further, they claimed a request to take the matter to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) was also was denied by the labour ministry, after the NSWMA continued to refuse for a year to participate in conciliatory meetings.

The senior managers are this evening questioning the labour ministry's decision to withdraw from the matter and not immediately referred to the IDT.

They claim that while similar cases have been settled by the NSWMA, or referred to the IDT, the labour ministry seems to have sided with the NSWMA in this matter.

When contacted by The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre contacted this afternoon, Labour Minister Derrick Kellier declined to comment on the case, saying that he could not recall the specific matter and therefore was not in a position to say whether it had been referred to the IDT. He said he would be better able to respond to the matter when he returns to office tomorrow.


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