KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) says it has given a 72-hour strike notice to the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) effective 2:00 pm today, June 9,through to 2:00 pm on Monday.
In a letter to JUTC Managing Director, Paul Abrahams, UCASE said the notice is being served as a result of a, “string of unfair” and “unjustifiable” dismissals, including that of a Donavon White, accident investigator at the company, for allegedly writing “inaccurate time in the department register”.
The union also pointed to other suspensions since September 2016, including Annette Livermore, who was acquitted but recharged for a $1,000 reimbursement that she recorded and paid to a staff member; the dismissal and eventual acquittal of Kimone Farquharson, as well as the dismissals of Christina Powell, Raquel Campbell, Sandra Wilson, Shermaine Hinds, Camesha Bowlar, Nickesha Scott, Africka McDonald, Analia Reid, Shernette Miller and Anuch Forrest.
UCASE further explained that the strike notice was also serveddue to the “constant abuse of disciplinary procedure” specifically as it relates to the charge of “providing false information” and the apparent “witch hunt” taking place at the Spanish Town Depot.
The union is contending that the JUTC management has failed to deal fairly and objectively with employees over a protracted period of time.