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Unions representing public sector travelling officers reach retro pay agreement with gov't

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:53 PM

The Government and unions representing travelling officers in the public sector have reached an agreement on the payment of retroactive money.

The retroactive sums cover the period April to October 2015.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant, says travelling officers will be paid four months in back-money this month and the remaining sums in April 2016.

Grant says the workers are satisfied with the deal.


President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant

According to him, it may cost the government about $1 billion to pay the retroactive money to civil servants who are entitled to travelling allowances.

He says there are about 25,000 public sector workers who receive a travel allowance as part of their work contracts.

The government had initially proposed to put off the entire payment to the first quarter of the 2016-2017 financial year, but this was rejected by the unions and the workers.

It then offered to pay two months of the retroactive amount this year and the remaining amounts in 2016, but that too was rejected.

Following further talks the parties reached an agreement.