Sun | Dec 17, 2017

Government senator turns up pressure for better public sector wage offer

Published:Friday | November 17, 2017 | 5:05 PM
Government Senator Kavan Gayle. – File Photo

​Government Senator Kavan Gayle has joined the list of persons calling for the Government to move quickly to conclude wage negotiations with public sector workers.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Senator Gayle, who also heads the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, said the wage negotiations are not going at the right pace.

He said it’s affecting the performance of workers:

 

Senator Gayle was speaking during the debate to amend the bank of Jamaica Act to extend the contract of the current Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter.

Senator Gayle said while the Parliament was ensuring the BoJ governor felt secure as the organisation goes through a transition, other workers also needed security:

 

Government senator, Kavan Gayle.

The government has offered workers a three per cent increase on wages in years one and two of their contracts.

However,  it has been facing increasing pressure to make a better wage and fringe benefits offer with the island’s nurses, cops, correctional officers and teachers rejecting its wage offer.

Opposition spokesman on the Public Service Senator Lambert Brown yesterday called for the Government to increase its wage offer to public servants and begin more meaningful negotiations with their unions.