Jamaica | Mar 6, 2023

Government addressing poor work conditions at Met Service

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator Matthew Samuda. (Photo: JIS)

Improper worker conditions at the Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) have angered some staff members, prompting the Government to respond to concerns and resolve the issue.

The Met Service workers were previously stationed at the Norman Manley International airport but were moved to another location they have deemed unsuitable.

Reports are that the working environment has led to disruptions in the daily weather reporting.

While addressing journalist during a press briefing on Friday (March 3), Senator Matthew Samuda, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for water, environment and climate change, said the Government is aware of the concerns and is working to solve the issue.

“So, it’s not just the staff at the Met Service who are upset and, having toured and visited and met with the staff, I’m particularly upset at the issues they are facing,” said Samuda, adding that “it’s unacceptable”.

“But there are meetings scheduled to resolve the issues with the airport operators and, indeed, with the Airports Authority,” he assured.

The news comes amid a statement from Prime Minister Andrew Holness that Jamaica is currently in a meteorological drought that could become worse if low levels of rainfall persist.

Holness has promised to keep the public up to date on the matter and resources will be provided to assist those in rural communities who rely on catchment.

The Drought Management Committee is also expected to meet weekly, providing updates to the Cabinet.


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