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Gov't not considering another wage freeze

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 9:57 AM
Rudyard Spencer

The Government has reportedly indicated that it will not be considering another public sector wage freeze.

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant says the State Minister of Finance, Rudyard Spencer, gave the assurance yesterday in a meeting with union representatives.

Grant says the government has agreed to work towards implementing outstanding items from the 2015-17 wage claim for public sector workers, although no timeline has been settled.

Some of the items that have still not been implemented include pension reform, salary adjustments, access to a revolving loan, concessionary bus fares and the passing into law of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill.

The unions want these matters settled before the negotiations for the 2017-19 contract period, set to begin by year end.


President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association O'Neil Grant

Grant says another meeting is to be held sometime this month to update the unions.