Cleanse public service of political appointees before any major cuts - Unions
Two trade unionists are contending that the government must undertake various key reforms including cleansing the public service of political appointees before embarking on general public sector cuts.
Trade unionists, Helene Davis-White and O'Neil Grant were speaking this morning on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM.
Grant, the president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, says the size of the public sector has grown over the years due to persons employed because of their political affiliations.
He says many of those workers are not adding value.
Grant also noted that some of the skills of current public sector employees are not being used because of the lack of transformation in the public sector.
Meanwhile, Davis-White, the vice president of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, says boosting efficiency in the public sector means more than just cutting its size.
Reducing public sector wage bill is a critical plank of Jamaica’s economic reform programme with the International Monetary Fund.
The issue has become a source of significant public debate in light of the ongoing stand-off in wage negotiations between unions representing public sector workers and the government.
The government has improved its initial wage offer from five percent to seven percent but some of the major unions have rejected it, saying it’s too low.
The unions are angry that Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips made a national broadcast last week saying the government cannot increase its offer, although negotiations are still ongoing.