Wage hike, and retroactive pay for public sector workers month end
Public sector workers who have signed off on the Government's latest wage offer are to receive increases at the end of this month as well as retroactive payments to April 2017.
This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw during a meeting of Parliament's Standing Finance Committee on Wednesday.
The four-year wage agreement signed by some public sector workers will see a five-per cent increase in the first year and two per cent in the 2018-2019 financial year. In the third year, public sector workers will get a four per cent increase in salaries and five per cent in the final year of the contract.
Compensation of employees for fiscal year 2018-2019 amounts to $201 billion in the budget. This is based on the assumption that the Government's offer for an increase in basic wages and allowances by an aggregate 16 per cent over the next four years.
The signing of the Government's latest wage offer by some public sector unions has triggered a row among some members of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions.
The University and Allied Workers Union has temporarily withdrawn from the Confederation, arguing that it had not acted in the best interest of public sector workers.