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Still no word after more than 5 years since dismissal

Tell Claudienne

With Claudienne Edwards

Sunday, March 09, 2014    

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Dear Claudienne

I worked for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) for over 17 years. On August 14, 2008, I was one of several workers dismissed by the NSWMA without any charge being preferred against us, nor was I called in for a hearing about any sort of wrongdoing.

At the time of my dismissal I was a member of the Jamaica Civil Service Association and the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU), and both unions informed me that the matter was reported to the Ministry of Labour.

I was also told that once the matter was reported to the Ministry of Labour, the statute of limitation would not apply.

Could you please find out for me why, after all this time, the matter has not gone to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.

It is now over five years, and I have seen where other matters have been resolved by the Labour ministry, even though they occurred long after these dismissals.

EW

Dear EW

In February 2014, Tell Claudienne sought clarification from the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security as to why the 2008 NWSMA dismissals had not been referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT). Since we contacted the ministry we note that the minister was made aware of the situation. We were advised on March 4 that on the instructions of the minister the dismissals issue has been referred to the IDT for resolution.

Good luck.

Dear Claudienne

I would like to know if there are any laws in Jamaica or any rules under the Rent Board that offer protection against discrimination. My sister and I, along with two of our closest friends, are in the process of trying to get a house to rent, but sadly I must say it has been an unfortunate and disappointing journey for us.

As university students for the past four months we have unsuccessfully tried to get a house to rent. To date we have viewed a total of ten houses. We have got excuses such as: "Well, you see, I am not comfortable renting the place to four ladies", or "You see, you are Jamaican; if you were overseas students it would have been different as their currency is stronger then ours", and there have been several other excuses.

I must say I was extremely offended by these statements.

The level of discrimination that we have faced simply because we are Jamaican students has been unbelievable. All we want is a comfortable place to live.

SE

Dear SE

According to the Rent Assessment Board, the Rent Act stipulates that a landlord cannot use children as an excuse not to rent. However, the unwillingness of the landlords to rent their premises to you and your friends on the grounds you have stated are not mentioned in the Rent Act.

Tell Claudienne is sorry to hear of your plight. However, you have told us that your search has so far been confined to the Mona Heights area. We know you want to be close to the universities in the Mona area, but maybe you could expand your area of search. May we suggest that you check with some of the real estate companies and also consult online rental search engines.

Good luck.

Have a problem with a store, utility, a company: telephone 936-9436 or write to: Tell Claudienne c/o Sunday Finance, Jamaica Observer, 40-42 1/2 Beechwood Avenue, Kingston 5; or e-mail: edwardsc@jamaicaobserver.com. Please include a contact phone number.

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