Labour Ministry averts industrial action at JPS

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Ministry of Labour and Social Security says after receiving reports that employees of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grew restive on Wednesday, industrial unrest has been avoided following talks between workers and their respective unions.

In a release on Thursday, the Ministry said they received reports of growing tensions between workers represented by the National Workers Union and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and the company following a breakdown in wage talks.

After several hours of conciliation, which ended midnight, an agreement has reportedly been reached with all parties. The Ministry of Labour revealed that normalcy has since been restored to the utility company.

Labour minister Karl Samuda commended the parties on their maturity in handling the discussions that facilitated the settlement of the protracted negotiations.

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