Civil service group joins in rejecting 7 per cent wage offer
The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) is warning of a looming industrial dispute with the government as his association joins others in voting against the proposed wage increase.
The government has proposed a seven percent increase in wages, which is an improvement on the initial five percent.
JCSA president, O’Neil Grant says the association's more than 45,000 members have voted to reject the offer, saying it is not enough.
He says the association will tomorrow inform the government of the rejection.
In the meantime, Grant says the workers have demanded that negotiators go back to the government and press for an improved offer.
The Jamaica Police Federation, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions have also rejected the government’s wage offer.
The proposed seven percent wage increase would follow a five-year public sector wage freeze.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips have argued that any further increase could derail Jamaica’s economic reform programme under the International Monetary Fund.