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Labour minister urges workers to exercise restraint

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 10:38 AM
Labour Minister Derrick Kellier

Jamaicans are being urged to exercise more patience with the stringencies of the government’s economic reform programme (ERP).

Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier, in making the appeal, says this will allow the government to grow the economy under the current agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Kellier says given the current dispensation in which the country is forced to operate Jamaicans have no option but to endure the stringencies and fiscal discipline imposed by the ERP a little longer.

He says the absence of such a programme has made Jamaica one of the most indebted nations in the world and left the economy stagnant for over 40 years.

The labour and social security minister says the country now has an opportunity for all public and private sectors stakeholders to join hands, hearts and brains in the transformation of the economy and society through collaboration at all levels.

He was addressing the Jamaica Employers Federation Business and Workplace Convention and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre May last Thursday.