President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, JCTU, Helene Davis Whyte, says she’s confident Petrojam would have had a winnable case against its former Human Resource Manager, Yolande Ramharrack.
She says the State-owned-oil refinery could have used the findings of the Auditor General’s Report, released last December, in their arguments.
But, Petrojam capitulated and gave Mrs Ramharrack a severance package valuing just over 13-million dollars before tax and other deductions in exchange for her resignation, in late November.
Mrs Davis Whyte says Petrojam had a strong case because they were operating in accordance with due process.
Her comments come as Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, boss Howard Mitchell chided the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, IDT, suggesting it’s hostile to employers.
Mr Mitchell says that stance of the IDT has forced many employers to engage persons as contract workers, instead of providing full-time employment. But, Mrs Davis Whyte says the PSOJ boss’ view is misguided. She says employers have no reason to fear the IDT.