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Unions concerned about JCTU accepting government's wage offer

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2015 | 6:50 PM

There are concerns that an acceptance of the government’s seven per cent wage offer by the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Union (JCTU) could negatively impact other public sector groups’ ability to negotiate a better deal.

President of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association, Doran Dixon, whose members have largely rejected the government’s increased offer, says if the JCTU accepts it could change the dynamics of the negotiations.

The government is offering public sector workers a wage increase of four per cent in year one and three per cent in year two.

 

JTA president Doran Dixon

However, JCTU Vice-president Helene Davis White says if the union accepts the offer it should have no bearing on the government’s negotiations with other public sector unions.

 

JCTU Vice President, Helene Davis White