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Selfishness driving labour dispute

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


I am observing with disgust the current wage negotiations between the Government and public-sector workers. The way in which we negotiate in Jamaica is all wrong. Neither party is willing to be reasonable in its demands, and so the first resort is always to go on industrial action that will cost the country in the long run.

Jamaica is losing productive hours that cannot be regained as a result of persons who come to the bargaining table with selfish desires.

Government must recognise that the wage freeze has had a negative impact on the lives of public-sector workers. And public-sector workers must recognise the current strain on the Government.

If both parties go to the negotiating table with the interest of everyone, more reasonable offers and claims will be made. I have noted that, in Jamaica, the number-one tool used in negotiations is that of strike action.

It is time that both parties recognise it's not doing the country any good.