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Wage freeze for public sector workers must not be extended - Shaw

Published:Wednesday | January 7, 2015 | 1:59 AM
Audley Shaw - File

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Opposition spokesman on finance Audley Shaw says the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will have to hold internal talks on its position on a wage increase for public sector workers.




Shaw has been adamant that the wage freeze must not be extended and that workers should be given an increase.



He says public sector unions must ensure they point out the slide in the value of the Jamaican dollar and their depleted purchasing power when they negotiate with the Government.



However, his position is not in line with that expressed by the head of the JLP’s economic Advisory Council, Aubyn Hill, who was appointed by party leader, Andrew Holness.



Hill has said he is concerned that if the Government gives in to the trade unions, gains made under the Government’s current economic programme with the International Monetary Fund could be eroded.



However, speaking on Nationwide 90FM yesterday evening, Shaw said discussions would have to take place internally regarding the disagreement even as he insisted space needs to be made for a wage increase.



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