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Public sector unions want better wage offer from government

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Unions representing public sector workers are hopeful they will get a better wage offer when they meet next week with the government to continue negotiations for the 2015/17 period.

Government technocrats met yesterday with representatives of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).

The government proposed a three per cent increase in year one and two per cent in the second year.

However, the offer was rejected by the unions.

JTA President Doran Dixon, says teachers have asked the government to take a second look at the offer.

 

JTA President Dorian Dixon

The JTA has asked for a 25 per cent increase in basic wages for the more than 30,000 teachers in the public education system.

And the JCTU, which represents 40,000 public sector workers, has asked the government for a 30 per cent increase in basic wages for civil servants.