Immigration officers set to end two-day strike

March 14, 2023
Contributed Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

Following a compromise established between the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), and the National Workers Union (NWU), Immigration officers are set to end their now two-day strike later today.

The decision came out a meeting with the two parties and technocrats at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) at the ministry's North Street head office in Kingston. 

Both PICA and the NWU have agreed that normalcy will be restored at the island’s ports of entry and offices beginning with the 10:00 p.m. shift for officers. 

Additionally, negotiations are to resume with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service tomorrow, to finalise the compensation package for the officers “and other pertinent issues”. 

A second meeting is scheduled with the parties at MLSS for Friday at 10:00 a.m. 

Both PICA and the NWU also agreed that there will be no victimisation on either side. 

Yesterday, dozens of immigration officers called in sick at the Norman Manley and Sangster International airports, protesting issues with PICA's management and the Government's compensation review exercise. 

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