RJR News / The two trade unions representing employees of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company say they are prepared to meet with the management of the state owned bus company to discuss the future of more than 400 workers who are in danger of losing their jobs.
The JUTC says it is overstaffed and cannot continue to keep the workers on its payroll.
Transport Minister Mike Henry yesterday instructed the managemen to meet with the unions to discuss the matter.
First Vice President of the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) Clifton Grant says the union wants an early meeting with JUTC’s Management.
“Since the announcement, the workers are very concerned about their future. We don’t have the details as management did not sit with us before making the announcement in Parliament…..at the end of the day we want to make sure the workers are treated fairly,” Grant said.
The union represents the bulk of the more than 2,000 staff members at the JUTC.
Clerical staff anxious
The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) which represents the clerical staff at the JUTC, says the workers are anxious about the pending job cuts.
UCASE General Secretary, John Levy, says the union wants to discuss a number of issues with the management.
JUTC chairman to meet with unions
Meanwhile, the Transport Minister has instructed the board Chairman of the JUTC, to meet immediately with unions amid an exercise underway to reduce the number of workers at the overstaffed state-run bus company.
During a media briefing yesterday, Henry said there are 411 additional workers.
He added that the increase in the company’s staff complement did not happen between last year May and now.
He also disclosed that the JUTC could discontinue its operations on some routes as part of a Route Rationalization exercise that is to get underway.
He explained that the JUTC is currently analyzing non-performing routes, with a view to remove its buses and put them on more profitable routes and this will allow the Transport Authority to franchise those routes to private operators.
The non-performing routes were not listed.