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PNP-aligned workers sabotaging JLP Gov't

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

For a while now, I have watched the public sector become a de facto opposition mouthpiece to every Labour Party government since Bruce broke the People's National Party's almost 20-year-hold on power. Public-sector workers have wilfully obstructed the Government's agenda at every chance they get.

Chief among the Opposition-in-residence, as I call them, are the Jamaica Teachers' Association and the Police Federation. Those two groups are the ones that take the lead at every chance they get to harass the Government, especially when wage negotiations are ongoing.

The other groups usually take their cue from these two.

When one looks back at how Dr Shane Alexis used to behave with both governments, it now becomes exceedingly clear why he was soft on the PNP.

Jamaica has a productivity problem, and one of the reasons for that is the public-sector unions. They are so aligned to one side of the political spectrum that they lose sight of the national good.

All they are concerned with is taking more out of a shrinking pie.

FABIAN LEWIS