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Subsidised JUTC bus fare rate coming for public sector workers

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2015 | 12:26 PMJerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
A circular posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website indicates that a bus fare subsidy was one of the items agreed to in the Heads of Agreement signed by the Government and Jamaica Confederation of Trade Union.

Public sector workers are to get a subsidy to use the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

A circular posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website indicates that the subsidy was one of the items agreed to in the Heads of Agreement signed by the Government and Jamaica Confederation of Trade Union.

The document points out that the Finance Ministry agreed to introduce the subsidy within three months of signing the deal.

The wage deal between the government and the confederation was inked in August, which means that public sector workers could begin receiving the JUTC subsidy sometime in November.

The circular, which is under the signature of Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe, has asked Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Agencies and Chief Executive Officers to engage workers to complete a survey on their usage of the JUTC.

Noting that effort is being made to expedite the JUTC fare subsidy, the document says public sector workers have until Friday, October 16 to participate in the survey.