CEO of the Passport Immigration & Citizenship Agency, PICA, Andrew Wynter, says operations are continuing as normal at the island’s airports today, despite industrial action by immigration officers.
Mr. Wynter says contingency plans have been put in place, as immigration officers have begun a sick out to protest what they say is unequal pay.
The PICA CEO says the industrial action stems from an apparent misunderstanding with the National Workers Union, NWU, which is representing the immigration officers.
NWU President, Granville Valentine, claims PICA had agreed that a $30-thousand allowance paid to immigration officers at the Sangster and Norman Manley International Airports, would be paid to all immigration officers effective April 1.
However, Mr. Wynter says no such agreement was made.
He says they told the union that they need approval from the Ministry of Finance before that could be done.
Mr. Wynter says this was communicated to the NWU at a meeting at the Ministry of Finance on Friday.
He says it was also agreed that the matter would be referred back to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, IDT.