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JM | May 13, 2022

NHT workers add to wave of strikes hitting Holness Gov’t

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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National Housing Trust (NHT) workers voicing the disapproval at a protest in New Kingston on Friday, May 13, 2022.

A third wave of public sector worker strikes has today (May 13) hit the Andrew Holness-led Government as National Housing Trust (NHT) staff abandoned their duties.

The NHT workers, reportedly all below the rank of management, walked off the job in protest against the six-year wait for a job evaluation exercise long overdue since 2016.

Bearing posters that read ‘More pay wi seh!’, workers at the State-operated agency lamented that salary and other operational concerns have not been addressed by NHT management.

The protest, which started at the NHT’s New Kingston headquarters, quickly spread to other branches of the housing financing provider islandwide.

It is the third strike action in as many days, following a similar operations-halting effort by the National Water Commission (NWC) staff that resulted in millions of Jamaicans being left without potable water for 48 hours.

Just yesterday, air traffic controllers (ATCs) withdrew their services from the island’s two busiest airports, grounding flights into and out of Jamaica for hours.

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