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Government could ink first wage deal with public sector workers next week

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 8:10 AM

The Government could ink its first wage deal for the 2015-2017 period with a group of public sector workers next week, after almost four months of contentious negotiations.

The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) which negotiates on behalf of about 40,000 workers, says it is on course to sign an agreement sometime next week.

Last night, JCTU vice-president, Helene Davis-White, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the 11 unions which make up the organisation are still responding to the first draft of the agreement that the government proposed last week. 

She says most of those responses should be submitted today bringing the process closer to an end. 

 

Vice-president, Helene Davis-White

Meanwhile, the union leader is dismissing reports that some members of the confederation have opposed the flat $4,000 increase agreed for workers. 

That agreement between the JCTU and the Government to offer a flat increase of $4,000 instead of a percentage increase, paved the way for the development of the draft wage agreement. 

The JCTU had started negotiations with the government with a proposal for a 30 per cent increase in basic wages. 

However, the government said it could only offer a seven per cent increase to all public sector workers. 

The wage agreement will replace a five-year wage freeze that ended on March 31.