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Put yourself in Peter's shoes

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Without taking any side in the current struggles between the Government and public-sector workers, concerning their demand for increased wages.

I would like to propose a very practical way forward in arriving at genuine solutions.

I suggest that all persons who believe or insist that the Government and the finance minister must find a way to pay the police, teachers and other public-sector workers significantly more than has been offered by the Government, so far, do the following. (By the way, those persons include the Police Federation, Jamaica Teachers' Association, opposition spokesmen, media personnel, etc.)

They should first put themselves mentally in the position of the Government and Finance Minister Peter Phillips.

Then they should genuinely consider and answer the following question: Do I believe/ accept that the Jamaican economy is almost bankrupt and with very few options for profitable and/or productive borrowing? That is, loans that are clearly and simultaneously accompanied by significantly increased productivity in the use of these funds and other current resources.

Whether the answer is yes or no, the next step, from the place of being in the Government's place, is to outline, step by step, and in detail, exactly HOW what they are proposing might be constructively accomplished by the Government and the society, in the short, medium, and long term.