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JIS workers take industrial action

By Halshane Burke 

Scores of technical workers at the Jamaica Information Service are now engaging in industrial action.

The scale and impact of the action by the workers is yet to be determined, however, a number of functions are being affected.

The audio visual workers attached to the Kingston and Montego Bay offices are reportedly upset regarding what has been proposed for their alignment under the ongoing restructuring of the public sector.

O'Neil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), said the workers are desirous for the union to enter the discussions and represent their interests since they do not believe the management is properly advocating on their behalf. 

Mr. Grant said it is important that the union be allowed to participate in the dialogue at this juncture so the interest of the workers can be properly represented.

"We are urging the Ministry of Finance to allow the union to come to the table now rather than after because the level of assurances that we need to give to the workers that the matters are being addressed and being addressed expeditiously needs to be given. From where we are now, it is only the unions that can give that assurance," he suggested.