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JPS says it respects Privy Council ruling

Jamaica Gleaner / The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it respects the ruling of the Privy Council and remains committed to working with all stakeholders.

In a release this afternoon, the JPS says the dispute arose as far back as 2002 over a salary structure with unions representing employees.

The dispute was referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) for settlement, but the IDT made an award in favour of the unions in August 2003.

The Court of Appeal upheld the IDT award in 2007 and in May 2008, JPS and the trade unions entered into a Heads of Agreement under which the power company agreed to pay 2.3 billion dollars in retroactive salaries to its employees, including former employees.

In March 2009, JPS says it submitted an application to the Office of Utilities Regulation OUR to recover just over 4.2 billion dollars, including the 2.3 billion dollars in retroactive salary paid to its employees and the relevant taxes payable on the retroactive salary payment.

Consequently, JPS says it sought to recover the sum by charging its customers 6 dollars and 75 cents per KwH for twenty-four months.

It says this represented a 0.4 per cent increase on the average residential customer?s bill at the time.

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