Caribbean News Briefs — November 19-09

TRIBUNAL

Montego Bay, Jamaica: The dispute between management and workers at Sangster International Airport that prompted a strike last week will go before a tribunal.

More than 150 workers had initiated a strike last Friday over the airport management’s refusal to allow a meeting with consultants who conducted a job evaluation recently.

However, they were back on the job on Sunday, following a meeting involving airport officials and representatives of the Union of Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Personnel (UTASP) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Labour Minister Pearnel Charles said the dispute would be referred to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal this week.

SEEKING HELP

Kingston, Jamaica: A senior police officer is seeking the help of citizens to identify corrupt lawmen in the Force and other officials in government agencies.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Anti-Corruption, Justin Felice, says he wants civilian and police support to help break the code of silence hampering effective policing.

“A key area that we need to look at over the next few months is the code of silence within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF),” he said.

Felice said while steps have been taken to break this code, citizens and police must help.

“I have been partnering with the Community Safety Branch, particularly in respect to the 1-800 CORRUPT line. We want the public and police to know that, if they see any wrongdoing, to call the line and report it, because it is safe and secure,” he said, adding that the line is answered overseas and the information sent back to Jamaica.

The toll-free line is a partnership involving the JCF, Crime Stoppers International and communications provider, Landline Internet Mobile Entertainment.

WATER AGREEMENT

Roseau, Dominica: The government has signed a deal with a U.S. company to export water to countries around the world.

The 10-year license allows Sisserou Water Inc. to collect three billion gallons of fresh water annually.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Utilities, Lucien Blackmore, said studies found that the venture will not affect locals, or damage the island’s ecology.

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