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BITU president 'surprised' by Valentine's claim of potential job losses

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:43 AM
Gayle: “I am disappointed to hear any trade union opposing a plan that will improve the lives of its members.

President of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union Kavan Gayle has described as surprising and unfortunate, comments by National Workers' Union president Granville Valentine that the income tax proposal of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) would result in massive layoffs.

According to Gayle, the Jamaican Confederation of Trade Unions, of which the National Workers’ Union is a member, has always advocated for reducing the tax burden on workers.

“This statement seems like a politically motivated and desperate attempt to scare workers," Gayle said adding that it comes as a surprise that Valentine would take a position opposing a plan attempting to ease the tax burden on workers.

READ: Trade unionist weighs in on JLP's income tax proposal

Gayle said the JLP's plan to remove P.A.Y.E. for all workers earning up J$1.5m will directly benefit “lower wage” union members.

“I am disappointed to hear any trade union opposing a plan that will improve the lives of its members,” he said.