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Hold workers accountable for every dollar earned

Published:Monday | January 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM


Public-sector workers have, within the scope of our economic circumstances, subjected themselves to sacrifices in support of the national interest. This fact is incontrovertible.

It is against this backdrop that they would find sympathetic, fertile ground in their push for a better wage solution in discussions with the Government, as most Jamaicans would be in agreement with the workers getting better wages and benefits.

If, as is expected, the public-sector workers, comprising a very diverse grouping, get an improved package offer, there should definitely be strings attached, not means and ways of giving with one hand and taking with another. Rather, there should be clear-cut methods by which defined performance criteria can be evaluated.

The days of simply paying without devising strategies to ensure that we get value for every dollar spent must become a thing of the past. The workers should be paid more, as the majority of them deserve it.

But we must ensure value for money on behalf of every patient that visits a health centre, every child in a classroom, and every citizen who yearns for safety, for we deserve it.