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JAMAICA | Petrojam workers want GM and HR Manager fired

KINGSTON, July 6, 2018 - Amidst the scandal surrounding Jamaica's sole oil refinery, Petrojam, the workers are now calling for the dismissal of the General Manager as well as the Human Resources Manager, around whom a part of the furor is based.
Scores of workers dressed in black, gathered on the compound of  Petrojam on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston Thursday afternoon to register their displeasure about developments at the refinery in recent weeks.
 
They  are demanding that General Manager Floyd Grindley and Human Resources Manager Yolande Ramharrack, be sacked.
 
The workers held placards and expressed disgust with the current management team at the oil refinery, chanting emphatically: "GM must go! Corruption must go! Politics must go! HR must go!" 
 
General Secretary of the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE), John Levy, said the employees are offended that the HR manager referred to the staff at Petrojam as "depressed". 
 
In addition, they disagreed with Dr. Wheatley that they are now more motivated based on an engagement level survey.
 
Dr. Wheatley had reported that the level of engagement in 2015 was at 35 per cent but this has increased to 65 per cent since the arrival of the new HR manager. 
 
But Mr. Levy said the workers are unaware of that increase in morale and, in fact, believe the situation has gotten worse.
 
In relation to the qualifications of the HR Manager which has been one of the sources of concern, PNP General Secretary says there is need for clarification based on inconsistencies in the reported qualifications of the Human Resources Manager at Petrojam.
 
Petrojam General Manager Floyd Grindley had told Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) three weeks ago that the Human Resources Manager held a master's degree.
 
However, Telroy Morgan, Acting Manager of Refinery Optimization and Business Support at Petrojam, on Wednesday said her highest tertiary qualification is a bachelor's degree.
Mr. Morgan said she was considered qualified for the job as she had received several professional certificates since obtaining her first degree.
 
But Mr. Robinson believes the Petrojam general manager should clarify the source of the initial information he presented before the Parliamentary committee that Ms Ramharrack had possessed a master's degree. 
 
"I don't know who would have briefed him when he said what he said, but there's a clear inconsistency," Mr. Robinson asserted.
 
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