Labour Ministry to meet PICA union reps, following sick out which impacted airport operations

The Labour Ministry has summoned the National Workers’ Union (NWU) and the management of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) to an emergency conciliatory meeting, today (March 14).


The meeting comes after immigration officers employed by PICA, staged a sick out, yesterday.


The workers, who have been reportedly restive since Friday, are upset over what they say, is management’s poor handling of several key issues.


Yesterday’s industrial action resulted in long lines for passengers and a pile-up of airplanes at the island’s airports.


In a letter to the NWU last evening, the labour ministry said today’s meeting is to restore normalcy and to explore the possibility of amicably resolving the substantive issues in dispute.


It expressed hope that the meeting, planned for 10 AM, at its Kingston office, will be fruitful and result in a return to normality in the essential service.


Yesterday, General Secretary of the NWU, Granville Valentine told IRIE FM News that the workers have indicated that if a meeting is not held with the finance ministry, then they cannot guarantee normality.



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