LIME Jamaica to cut staff by approximately 300

Reports are emerging that close to 300 employees at telecommunications company LIME Jamaica are to lose their jobs in a redundancy exercise scheduled to take place during the three-month period, April to June 2013.

According to the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) more than 200 workers in its bargaining unit will be affected while another 60 positions will also be cut. The majority of the workers are assigned to technical areas at LIME.

Garfield Harvey, UAWU’s vice president, told RJR News that he was informed Monday, via mail, of LIME's plan to reduce its workforce "... stating that they are going to make approximately 230 workers redundant. When these workers have exited the company... it will no longer have, for all intents and purposes, non-management people."

The company has reportedly sent letters to the workers, requesting a meeting Tuesday to discuss the jobs cuts.

Even before that meeting is held, however, Harvey is labelling the move "an attempt by the company to de-unionise the company." He charged that it had taken place without any form of consultation with the UAWU.

In the meantime, the UAWU has served notice that it will take action in response to the announcement of the coming job cuts at LIME.

“And what we intend to do is to - what we have actually set out to do - is to report the matter to the Ministry of Labour and ask the ministry to deal with it. I would like to add, though, that at this point in time we cannot guarantee normality,” Mr. Harvey added.

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