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Job cuts inevitable

Published:Friday | June 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM


In order to attract world-class talent, the civil service needs to compensate persons accordingly.

However, the point of departure I have with the unions is the belief that they have a God-given right to a state job. I strongly believe in Centre-Left politics. The State should be a conduit for participation, empowerment and development. But there comes a time when we, as Jamaicans, inclusive of the politicians and the public sector, need to understand the country's harsh economic realities.

Countries that are doing well and having surpluses don't go to the International Monetary Fund. This means cutting our bloated bureaucracy.

This needs to be drilled into the skulls of all Jamaicans. While I believe the public sector has carried its weight and helped a lot in meeting the IMF targets, they need to understand that in order to save the country, hard decisions have to be taken, or else we won't have much of a country to enjoy.

Barbados did this in the early 1990s by reducing real wages in order for productivity to

regain strength, and then paid persons accordingly there-

after. Therefore, I believe the Government should pay members of the public sector better, but job losses will be inevitable.

Government must make the hard choices, not the easy political ones which will eventually lead to a public stand-off again (insanity). I say to the unions, you can't have your cake and eat it too. There's no universal right for the Government to provide you with a job.