PM urges public sector workers to continue dialogue
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has urged public sector workers to continue to engage the Government in dialogue as it seeks to reach a new wage deal with civil servants and their unions.
Simpson Miller says the government is thankful for the sacrifices made by public sector workers and their support of its economic programme.
She says gains are being made under the programme and public sector workers should remain engaged as the government seeks to set a climate of growth for all Jamaicans.
The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2015 at Jamaica House yesterday.
There has been some amount of tension in the public sector with some government employees taking protest action to register their frustration with the protracted negotiations.
Last week Friday, some teachers from across the island staged sit-ins and demonstrations to press their demand for a better wage offer.
The government has offered an increase of five percent but that has been rejected by public sector workers and their unions.
Public sector workers and their unions have said that they will not support a further extension of the five year wage freeze which ended on March 31.
However, the government has asked workers to temper their expectations of a major increase given the country’s tight fiscal space under the International Monetary Fund deal.