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Dialogue and not court action will solve labour disputes - Taylor

Published:Friday | June 5, 2015 | 7:03 PM

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management specialist Dr Orville Taylor, says the government should use dialogue and not court action to engage disgruntled public sector workers.

Taylor, also a senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona, says legal action may further compound the issues which have put the parties at odds.

According to Taylor, pursuing legal action may also further delay an agreement given the length of time matters take to be resolved in the court system.

Taylor was speaking against the background of the injunction which the government has secured against protesting members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Some members have been calling in sick since Monday. 

Taylor says the government (JCF) may find it challenging to enforce the injunction as it will have to take on the task of proving that the JCF members who called in sick are not suffering from an illness.

He says it should be understood that public sector workers have been holding strain during the period of the wage restraints.

 

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management specialist and Senior Lecturer at UWI, Dr. Orville Taylor

The government had initially offered a five-percent increase to public sector employees but that was rejected.

Some workers have since been presented with a seven-percent increase.

Meanwhile, unions should focus more on negotiating for benefits that will serve the long-term interest of workers such as non-monetary incentives.

 

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management specialist and Senior Lecturer at UWI, Dr. Orville Taylor