NHT workers stage sickout

By Clinton McGregor 
Employees of the National Housing Trust (NHT) are staging a sickout.
The workers took industrial action Monday to protest management's failure to implement a job evaluation exercise at the agency.
The trust says a significant number of its staff called in sick, disrupting operations.
The workers are represented by the University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU).
The UAWU has accused the management of the NHT and the Ministry of Finance of failing to update the workers about the job evaluation, conducted in 2018.
Garfield Harvey, Vice President of the UAWU, told The Gleaner that the workers have for weeks signalled their unease and restiveness over the job evaluation process which was completed in 2021.
He said since that time, there have been several delays which were subsequently resolved.
Mr. Harvey further noted that the UAWU and the management of NHT agreed on a resolution earlier this year and that documents were sent to the Finance Ministry for final approval of the implementation process.
The NHT said customers may experience delays in accessing some of the services due to the sickout.
It has advised customers to use its online portal which can facilitate a number of the services provided in branch. It also said customers can make mortgage payments at various commercial banks or payment agencies.

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