TABLING DETAILS ABOUT PETROJAM’S HR MANAGER SHOWS GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY

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PRESS RELEASE 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

TABLING DETAILS ABOUT PETROJAM’S HR MANAGER SHOWS GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY

Kingston, Jamaica: Generation 2000 (G2K) the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), supports the move by the Government to disclose information related to the engagement and separation of former Petrojam Human Resource Manager, Yolande Ramharrack.

It is difficult to think of another occasion where there has been this level of disclosure by any administration about any controversial topic. The amount of information that was tabled in Parliament by the honourable Prime Minister, for all to see in black and white, is simple tremendous. The fact that this was done voluntarily is a clear indication of the current administration’s unwavering commitment to transparency,” said G2K President, Mr. Stephen Edwards

On Tuesday February 12, 2019, the Most Honourable Prime Minister Andrew Holness, voluntarily tabled a number of documents that detail the engagement of Ms. Ramharrack by Petrojam including:

  1. Ministry Paper No. 10 Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Public Sector Contracts
  2. Chronology of Separation of HRDA Manager
  3. Settlement Agreement
  4. Summary of Legal Fees
  5. Employment Letter
  6. Petrojam’s Productivity Incentive Policy
  7. HR Payment Breakdown
  8. Letter from Nigel Jones & Co. October 10, 2018
  9. Letter from Nigel Jones and Co. October 12, 2018
  10. HR Performance Appraisal
  11. Cost Benefit Analysis
  12. Recommendation letter

Disclosure of the facts leaves virtually no room for the dangerous speculation that was serving a distraction from the business of the country. The decision to table the full and unadulterated information was a necessary step towards bringing to an end the issues that have afflicted the state-owned oil refinery across administrations,” said Mr. Ryan Strachan, G2K Vice President.  

President Edwards further stated, “It is important to recognize that a number of the long-standing challenges at Petrojam can be resolved by strengthening the agency’s human resource capacity.  It is therefore in the best interest of the Jamaican people that the status of the HR Manager not be left in limbo as a result of protracted and costly arbitration. The decision to accept the recommendation, to enter into a settlement agreement with the former HR manager, was therefore the right thing to do as it paved the way for the Government to fix other critical issues at the agency.