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Keep wage talks behind closed doors - doctors to Phillips

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 6:16 PM

President of The Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), Dr Alfred Dawes, says Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips should keep discussions surrounding the wage negotiations behind closed doors and not make announcements in the media.

In a national broadcast this week, Phillips told the nation that the government cannot offer any more than a seven per cent increase in wages.

The government had first proposed a five per cent increase but subsequently increased the figure by two per cent.

JMDA President, Dr Alfred Dawes, says the association is yet to begin wage negotiations with the government and therefore it cannot say if its members will accept the seven per cent offer.

However, there are suggestions that the doctors may not be in favour of the seven per cent.

According to the JMDA president, doctors have seen their salaries eroded by up to 40 per cent as a result of the country’s harsh economic climate.

 

JMDA President, Dr. Alfred Dawes

Dawes says the JMDA is to undertake islandwide consultations among its members on the matter of the seven per cent wage offer.

He says the feedback will determine how the association proceeds in its wage negotiations with the government.

The JMDA and the government are set to begin wage talks next Thursday, June 25.