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Lab technologists return to work at National Public Health Laboratory and National Blood Transfusion Services

St Patrice Ennis, General Secretary of UTASP
 
Normal operations at the National Public Health Laboratory and National Blood Transfusion Services resumed Wednesday morning following a two-day work stoppage by Laboratory Technologists and Technical Assistants. 
 
The workers took industrial action in response what they claimed was poor treatment meted out to them by the Director of Laboratory Services.
 
Following a conciliation meeting at the Ministry of Labour, it was decided that the workers would resume duties while talks continue at the local level. 
 
St Patrice Ennis, General Secretary of the Union of Technical Administrative and Supervisory Personnel [UTASP], said it was hoped that the issues will be resolved in short order, with the union and the Ministry of Health & Wellness scheduled to meet on Wednesday.
 
The parties to the dispute are also scheduled to return to the Ministry of Labour on January 24, "irrespective of... the outcome, as we may not have a resolution in that one meeting," he added.
 
Mr Ennis acknowledged that the Ministry of Labour was concerned that the dispute had landed at its office before there were talks at the local level, meaning there was no discussion between the agrieved party and the responsible ministry, in a bid to resolve the conflict prior to the it being taken up by the conciliation officers of the labour ministry.
 
 
 
 
 
 


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