JUTC warns of possible delays in service amid standoff with workers over insurance premiums

The management of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is working to resolve, a dispute over adjustments to premiums for health insurance coverage for workers, thereby preventing any strike by workers.

The state-owned bus company says the matter has been referred to the Labour Ministry and the Transport Ministry has also been advised.

As a result of the development, the JUTC is advising commuters of the possibility of delay in service, due to possible strike action by some employees, who are represented by the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU).

In a statement, the company explains that the union rejected a proposed 10.5% adjustment to premiums for health insurance coverage, which was scheduled to take effect on April 1.

It says the UAWU refused to accept the increase, resulting in a suspension of coverage, as a minimum 70% staff enrolment is required for participation.

According to the bus company, another union, the Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) met with the insurance company and negotiated a reduction in the original premium of 10.5%, down to 7%, or the original premium increase of 10.5% offered, with improved benefits.

It says this was communicated to the UAWU.

The JUTC states that despite several meetings with union delegates aimed at resolving the matter, the delegates refused to agree to the proposed changes. As a result, the issue remains unresolved.

The JUTC says it is committed to the well-being of its employees and acknowledges the importance of access to health insurance coverage.


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