Holness Insists Petrojam Chose ‘Best of Bad Options’ in Settling with Ramharrak

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the decision by the Petrojam Board to agree to a $9-million settlement with former Human Resources Manager, Yolande Ramharrak was the best of two bad options which were on the table.

After deductions, Ramharrak received a net amount of just over $4-million.

Prime Minister Holness says the Petrojam board weighed all the options presented in a cost-benefit analysis and it was decided that it would be far cheaper for the government to settle the matter.

Holness told parliament that Miss Ramharrak was not a contract worker but employed on a permanent basis at Petrojam.

He noted that the cost-benefit analysis showed that if the disciplinary processes against Ramharrak were followed to their conclusion and the industrial dispute tribunal, IDT, engaged – those processes could’ve cost the Government over $25-million.

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It’s understood that in their report to the entity’s Board, lawyers for Petrojam noted the lengthy process in dismissing a permanent employee from the public sector – including those who’ve been accused of breaches.

The lawyers reportedly advised Petrojam’s Board that should the IDT be engaged Miss Ramharrak had a 60-percent chance of succeeding if an unfair dismissal claim was brought.

Attorneys for Miss Ramharrak had reportedly written Petrojam and insisted that comments made at a parliamentary committee meeting by then Permanent Secretary in the OPM, Audrey Sewell, had prejudiced a pending disciplinary hearing which their client was to appear before.

Mrs. Sewell had told a recent PAAC meeting that charges were brought against Ramharrak with a view to dismissing her.

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One thought on “Holness Insists Petrojam Chose ‘Best of Bad Options’ in Settling with Ramharrak

  1. Shua

    “It’s understood that in their report to the entity’s Board, lawyers for Petrojam noted the lengthy process in dismissing a permanent employee from the public sector – including those who’ve been accused of breaches.”

    So aside from mismanagement of funds, we seem to have another problem here: high cost of termination. I hope that’s a policy priority as well.

    Would like to see the cost-benefit analysis.

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