Public sector wage negotiations to begin today
Public sector unions are to begin wage negotiations for the 2015/17 period with the government today.
The negotiations will be led by Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Horace Dalley and the chief technical negotiating team representing the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU).
The JCTU, which represents 40,000 public sector workers, is asking the government for a 30 per cent increase in basic wages for civil servants.
The union has requested that the increase takes place over two years, with 15 per cent for 2015/16 and the remaining 15 per cent for the financial year 2016/2017.
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is also scheduled to meet with the Minister this afternoon.
The JTA is asking for a 25 per cent increase in basic wages for the more than 30,000 teachers in the public education system.
The JTA wants the increase to take place over two years with 15 per cent for the 2015/2016 financial year and the remaining 10 per cent for 2016/2017.
The Government is seeking to establish new wage agreements with its workers as a five-year wage freeze comes to an end.
According to the Finance Ministry, the Industrial Relations Unit will be engaged with approximately 37 bargaining units over the negotiating period.