Immigration Officers To Return To Work, Halts Industrial Action

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The National Worker’s Union, NWU says it’ll be asking immigration officers to return to work as their dispute with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA, has been referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.

This following a meeting between the NWU, PICA and the Finance Ministry at the Labour Ministry this afternoon.

The dispute comes after immigration officers represented by the NWU, took industrial action today.

The immigration workers staged a sick out causing delays at the nation’s airport.

William Mitchell reports.

General Secretary of the NWU, Granville Valentine, says the union will respect the Labour Ministry’s decision.

Some two hundred immigration officers joined today’s industrial action to protest what they’re describing as unequal pay.

The grievance stems from a $30,000 dollar allowance that officers at the nation’s two international airports receive.

According to Mr. Valentine, when immigration officers are transferred from the international airports, the allowance is withdrawn.

But PICA CEO, Andrew Wynter, says the industrial action stems from an apparent misunderstanding.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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