The Ministry of Labour and Social Security says it has averted industrial action planned by workers at the light and power company, the Jamaica Public Service, JPS.

In a statement today, the ministry says it received reports yesterday that the workers became restive following a breakdown in wage negotiations between the company and the unions representing them.

The workers are being represented by the National Workers Union, NWU, and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, BITU.

The ministry says the parties reached an agreement at midnight following several hours of conciliation talks at the labour ministry.

It added that normality has been returned to the light and power company.

Labour and social security minister, Karl Samuda, has commended the parties on what he says is their maturity in handling the discussions that facilitated the settlement of the protracted negotiations.