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Phillips rejects talks of massive job cuts after election

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 2:45 PM
Phillips ... any reduction in the size of the public service would be in the form of attrition and voluntary redundancy.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips is seeking to quash talks that the People’s National Party (PNP) Government will carry out massive job cuts should it win the February 25 general elections.

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon, Dr. Phillips said he wanted to put to rest fears that there will be wide scale job cuts.

He explained that any reduction in the size of the public service would be in the form of attrition and voluntary redundancy.

 

Finance minister Dr. Peter Phillips.

Dr. Phillips made the comment as he sought approval for the Civil Service Establishment General Order 2015.

The latest speculation regarding possible undesirable measures to be taken following the general election was made by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness on Sunday after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced the election date.

READ: Why Portia had to call the election now ... Holness says it's to hide something

Holness suggested that Simpson Miller has rushed to call elections to avoid a political fallout after the national budget is presented in March.

He noted that pension reform would come on stream and that the government would need to cut spending if it is not able to produce economic growth.

The Government has also committed to meeting a target of nine percent wage to Gross Domestic Product ratio by 2017.