40,000 public sector workers could get $4,000 monthly increase
About 40,000 public sector workers represented by the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) could be on their way to getting a $4,000 monthly increase in their wages.
Vice-president of the organisation, Helene Davis-Whyte says the government has verbally agreed to its proposal during negotiations yesterday which saw no improvement in the seven per cent increase wage offer by the government.
The government is proposing to increase wages over two years, with four per cent in year one and three per cent in year two.
Davis-Whyte explains that the taxable $4,000 monthly payment represents the amount that would be required to implement the four per cent increase over year one of the two-year wage deal.
She says the JCTU is ensuring that the lowest paid workers get the maximum benefit.
Meanwhile, the JCTU vice-president says the association is seeking to have certain allowances increased for the higher paid workers to ensure that they get the equivalent of the 4 per cent increase.
She says the government is expected to make the formal offer later this week on the verbal agreements made yesterday.
Davis Whyte says the group accepts that the government cannot improve its seven per cent offer.