An egregious act.

That’s how President of the Jamaica Confederations of Trade Unions, JCTU, St. Patrice Ennis, described the letter by Speaker of the House, Juliet Holness, directed at Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis.

In a letter dated March 22, 2024, the House Speaker accused Ms. Curtis of gross dereliction over her handling of reports from the Auditor General’s Department.

Mahiri Stewart reports.

In the letter, the House Speaker says the Clerk failed to adhere to her November 7, 2023 ruling on the handling of reports from the Auditor General.

Mrs. Holness says Ms. Curtis’ actions amount to a gross dereliction of duty and threaten to bring the Houses of Parliament into disrepute.

She says Ms. Curtis’ failure to comply with those procedures has undermined the effectiveness of the Parliament.

Speaking with Nationwide News on Wednesday, Mr. Ennis says the House Speaker has no authority to admonish the Clerk.

Mr. Ennis says the speaker’s letter does not accord with public service regulations.

The JCTU President says he has spoken to some civil servants who’ve expressed fear, in light of the Speaker’s treatment of Ms. Curtis.