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Civil Service Association considering government's new wage offer

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 1:20 PM

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) Oniel Grant says the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) is currently considering the government’s latest wage offer.

The union, which represents more than 80,000 public sector unions, met with officials from the Finance Ministry yesterday.

Grant refused to comment on the exact amount being offered.

However, he says the latest offer is higher than the five per cent which was initially proposed by the government.


President of the JCSA, Oneil Grant

Yesterday the police federation rejected the government’s five per cent wage offer for a third time.

Chairman of the federation, Sergeant Raymond Wilson says the police have given the government until Monday to better the claim.

The Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA) has also rejected the offer.

There have been several reports of industrial action at schools across the island since the beginning of the week. 

Commenting on the unrest with the teachers and police, the JCSA President says its likely that the JTA and Federation are disgruntled given the pace of their negotiations with the government.

Grant says the JCTU has been spared from this and there are no plans for protest action at this time.


President of the JCSA, Oneil Grant