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$45m education fund for children of some public sector workers

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 8:28 AM

Thousands of children of public sector workers are expected to benefit from a $45 million education fund to be set up as part of a new wage agreement with the government. 

The tertiary education fund is part of the benefits under the two-year deal with public sector workers represented by the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU). 

The JCTU and the government signed the deal yesterday, replacing a six-year wage freeze that expired in March. 

The JCTU is the first union representing public sector workers to sign a deal with the government since negotiations began in March. 

The agreement also includes increases in allowances for tailoring, meals, super, transportation, death and funeral grants.

A land and housing development project to benefit the 40,000 workers represented by the JCTU is also part of the deal. 

Speaking at the signing at Jamaica House, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said she was pleased. 

 

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Along with the benefits, the workers will get a seven percent increase.

The first four percent will take the form of an-across-the-board monthly $4,000 payment. 

Most of the other public sector unions have rejected the proposed increase.