Strike action at PICA could continue if Finance Ministry does not meet with union- Valentine

Industrial action taken by immigration officers employed by the Passport, Immigration, and Citizenship Agency, PICA could continue tomorrow.


This, if a meeting between the Finance Ministry and the union representing the workers is not held.


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


This resulted in a pile-up of airplanes at airports today.


General secretary of the National Workers Union, Granville Valentine told Irie FM News that the workers have indicated that if a meeting is not held then they cannot guarantee normality.


Meantime, PICA was forced to implement a number of measures at the island’s airports to mitigate the impact of industrial action by the immigration officers.


The sickout resulted in long lines for passengers who were forced to use kiosk machines at the airport when they landed, resulting in longer processing times.


In an update on its social media platforms, PICA had also urged passengers to complete their online passenger declaration form to make their processing easier.


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