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Cabinet approves relocation of Accountant General's Department

Oneil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA)
 
After much agitation by workers and their union, Cabinet has approved the temporary relocation of the Accountant General's Department in downtown Kingston amid concerns about air quality at the location.
 
An alternative building has not yet been identified.
 
The workers have been complaining since they moved to the Church Street offices last May.
 
The building was formerly used by the Ministry of Health.
 
Itching, difficulty breathing due to mold and a dust nuisance are some of the problems the workers say they have been contending with.
 
In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Finance explained that a submission was sent to Cabinet following a meeting between Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke and Accountant General's Department staff  last Friday, where they expressed frustration with the work environment.
 
Another meeting was held Tuesday where the plan was outlined to relocate the building was outlined.
 
Oneil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), who was in attendance, told RJR News the search for a space to temporarily house the department would hopefully be swift because "if the treasury is closed for a day, it will pose significant challenge for the country."
 
The Finance Minister his statement said the employees were assured that the Ministry will move speedily to identify a suitable location.
 


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