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Medical Doctors' Association surrenders to gov't's wage offer, but benefits battle to continue

Published:Monday | August 31, 2015 | 8:12 AM

The Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) has given up on pushing the government to increase it's seven per cent wage offer. 

However, association president, Dr Alfred Dawes, says this does not mean that a wage agreement for the 2015-2017 period, will be reached soon. 

Several unions representing public sector workers have already signed agreements with the government.

According to Dr Dawes, his association does not want to derail its negotiations with the Government by insisting on a better salary offer.

He says the focus is on allowances.   

 

JMDA president, Dr Alfred Dawes

Dawes says the association will not yield to pressure to sign an agreement that will not benefit its members even though a number of public sector unions have already signed. 

 

JMDA president, Dr Alfred Dawes

A meeting between the JMDA and Finance Ministry negotiators has been tentatively set for September 15, where the government is expected to respond to the association's counterproposal. 

The JMDA represents about 945 junior doctors. 

The Jamaica Teachers' Association and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, which represents about 11 unions have signed wage deals with the government.